Douglas E. Wagner, a partner at Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America.
Wagner, who concentrates his practice in litigation, was recently inducted into the College during the association's 2005 annual meeting. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only - and only after careful investigation - to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality.
The College was founded in 1950 and is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Lawyers must have a minimum of 15 years of trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship.
"We are extremely pleased that Doug has been honored with membership in the American College of Trial Lawyers," said Douglas Dozeman, chair of the Firm's Litigation Practice Group. "This is a tremendous honor that recognizes Doug's work in the courtroom - and in the legal profession - to promote the trial skills needed for the successful practice of law."
Wagner joined Warner Norcross in 1977 and is the past chair of the Litigation Practice Group. He teaches and lectures widely on trial techniques and advocacy issues for organizations such as the Institute of Continuing Legal Education, the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Emory University School of Law and the Hillman Advocacy Program.
Wagner is recognized as one of The Best Lawyers in America. He has also been elected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
He is a member of the Federal Bar Association and a past president of the chapter for the Western District of Michigan. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan and the Grand Rapids Bar Association.
Wagner received his doctor of jurisprudence magna cum laude from Wayne State University Law School and holds an undergraduate degree from Albion College.
About the American College of Trial Lawyers:
The American College of Trial Lawyers strives to improve and elevate the standards of trial practice, the administration of justice and the ethics of the trial profession. Qualified lawyers are called to Fellowship in the College from all branches of trial practice. They are carefully selected from among those who customarily represent plaintiffs in civil cases and those who customarily represent defendants, those who prosecute those accused of crime and those who defend them. The College is thus able to speak with a balanced voice on important issues affecting the legal profession and the administration of justice.
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About Warner Norcross & Judd:
Warner Norcross & Judd LLP is one of Michigan's leading providers of legal services with more than 185 attorneys in four Michigan offices located in Grand Rapids, Metro Detroit, Holland and Muskegon. For the third consecutive year, Warner Norcross was named the best corporate law firm in West Michigan by Corporate Board Member magazine. More than 40 percent of the Firm's partners are listed in the 2006 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, a greater percentage than any other large law firm in Michigan. Warner Norcross has been recognized as a national leader in client service among law firms by BTI Consulting, as one of West Michigan's 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For and as the best law firm in Grand Rapids by a Grand Rapids Magazine reader survey. The Firm represents local, statewide, regional, national and international clients in all areas of business and civil law.