Mark C. Wagner

Law Offices of Mark C Wagner

6512 20th St. Ct. West Tacoma, WA 98464
PO Box 65170

I am a husband, a father, a grandfather, a friend, and a trial lawyer.  Below is a brief description of my past.

Early Years

I was born on October 7, 1956, on Governor’s Island, New York. My father was a Psychologist for the United States Army. My mother was a Social Worker for the Red Cross. By 1962, my father was offered a teaching position in Psychology at the University of Washington so we packed up and moved to Seattle, Washington.

My father had sabbatical from the University of Washington in which he taught students in foreign countries. I had the opportunity to live a year in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 1967 and London, England in 1973. I made it back to Seattle to graduate from Shorecrest High School in 1975.
Work History

Elementary – Jr. High School
Newspaper Delivery

High School – Undergraduate
Little League Umpire
Summer 1975 – Roger’s Walla Walla Pea Cannery in Milton – Freewater, Oregon: I was on the mechanical crew and was responsible for lubricating the machinery
Summer 1979 – Commercial salmon fishing and gillnetting in the rivers of  in Yakatat, Alaska
1978 – 1981 – Steel worker at Northwest Steel, Rolling Mills in Ballard, Washington. I worked there 3 or 4 times while I was an undergraduate. We rolled hot ingots into rebar.


Law School
Department of Assigned Counsel, trying misdemeanor cases in District

Law Clerk at Monte Hester Law Firm


Post Law School
David B. Vail & Associates for 1½ years doing workers’ compensation
1986 – I came under the wing of H. Frank Stubbs and opened my own office and have been in business since that time

Bar Admissions:

Admitted to practice, November 1984


Bachelor of Arts in American History, 1981 – University of Washington
Doctorate of Law, June 1984 – University of Puget Sound (Currently known as Seattle University – School of Law)
Admitted to practice, November 1984



(Washington State Association for Justice)

Vice President, Development x 2
Vice President, Continuing Legal Education
Vice President, Legislative Steering
Vice President, Publications
Sixth Congressional District Representative

Honors and Achievements:

Graduate of Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College
WSAJ Board of Governors Award (2006-2013)
WSAJ Champion for Injured Workers on 1082 Campaign (2010)
Washington Law & Politics: Super Lawyer (2010-2015)
American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) Member
Soccer Coach for Harbor Winning Whales (5 Seasons – 2007 - 2012)
Board Member Committee - Life Center Senior Living Center (2002)
President of Bridgewood Homeowners Association (1995)
American Society of Legal Advocates: Top 100 Litigation Lawyer of Washington (2016)
National Association of Distinguished Counsel: Nation’s Top One Percent
American Academy of Trial Lawyers: Premier 100
The National Trial Lawyer: Top 100
Worker’s Injury Law and Advocacy Group (WILG): Top Injured Workers’ Attorneys (2015)
The American Trial Lawyers Association (2008)


Speaking Engagements:

Atticus Goes to School

I am the co-founder of the WSAJ (Washington State Association for Justice) Atticus Goes to School Program. Lawyers attend a school anywhere from elementary school to high school, to inspire students to enter the legal profession and to educate future voters and jurors. Lawyers have the opportunity to earn CLE credits as well.




Editor, WSAJ’s Workers’ Compensation Deskbook (May 2009)

Editor, WSAJ’s Workers’ Compensation Deskbook (May 2012)

Category 1 to Permanent and Total Disability? It’s Possible! Trial News (April 1998)

Workers’ Compensation: Chronic Pain and Permanent and Total Disability, presented at Sun Valley, Idaho (February 22, 2000)

Avoiding Deposition Disasters (December 12, 2001)


Working Effectively With the Attorney General’s Office to Resolve Issues at the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals, with co-author/presenter Lisa D. Kelley, Assistant Attorney General) (April 8, 2003)


Bringing Passion and a Sense of Justice to Smaller Cases (July 25, 2003)


The Law: Direct Exam of Physiatrist (November 6, 2003)


Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals Approves Use of Spinal Cord Stimulator, Trial News (September 2004)


Spence’s Trial Lawyers College and Paul Luvera Doing Voir Dire – A Seminar Not to be Missed!, Trial News (December 2006)


The Art of Jury Selection, January 2, 2006


Co-Chairperson, WSTLA Seminar: A Taste of Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College: The Action Method of Trial Preparation and Presentation & The Art of Jury Selection: Live Voir Dire Examination with Paul Luvera (February 2, 2007)


Witness Preparation: Keys to Effectiveness (July 2007)


The Jury Trial: Friedman and Ball in Workers’ Compensation (July 2007)


A Day With Paul Luvera, Trial News (November 2007)


Another Great Learning Opportunity, Trial News (February 2008)


Debut of Workers’ Compensation Deskbook, Trial News (April 2009)


“History of Workers’ Compensation in Washington,” WSAJ Workers’ Compensation Deskbook: Chapter 1 (May 2009)


Workers’ Compensation Update (July 2009)


The EAGLE Program: It’s the Right Thing To Do, Trial News (September 2009)


You Are Just a Comp Lawyer, Trial News (December 2009)


Comments on Opening Statement, Botswana, Africa teaching materials (March 29, 2010)


Workers’ Compensation – A System Under Fire, Trial News (April 2010)


Workers’ Compensation Handbook, Trial News (April 2010)

Current Trends in Other States, co-authored with Michelle Pizzo (June 2010, CLE presentation)


Washington Workers Need Your Help, Trial News (September 2010)


Honoring Our EAGLE’s for Decades of Service, Trial News (March 2011)


Democracy in America: Why Do We Complain So Much and Do So Little..., Trial News (October 2011)


Editor, WSAJ Workers Compensation Deskbook (June 2012 Edition)


Powerful and Effective Opening Statements, presentation to WSAJ Pierce County Roundtable (June 14, 2012)

20th Street Court West 6512
Fircrest 98466 WA US
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