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Roy E. Wagner

Attorney
  • Office:
    • Milwaukee

      411 East Wisconsin Avenue
      Suite 1000
      Milwaukee, WI 53202

  • Telephone: (414) 287-1250
  • Fax: (414) 238-6672

Roy Wagner is a Shareholder and Chair of the firm’s Construction Law and Litigation Section. The largest segment of his commercial practice relates to construction matters including assisting owners, real estate and design professionals, contractors, and developers in facilitating their projects and solving their legal disputes. He utilizes mediation, arbitration and litigation as appropriate to finalize dispute resolutions and has acted as both arbitrator and mediator. Roy’s practice also includes commercial and negligence litigation.

Roy is a member of the American Bar Association and the State Bar of Wisconsin including the Litigation, Construction and Public Contract Law, and Dispute Resolution Sections. He served on the Board of Directors (2006-2012) and completed two terms as Chairman (2008-2010) of the Construction and Public Contract Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Dispute Resolution Section. He lectures regularly to lawyer and trade groups on construction practices. In 2006, Roy received the Whitefish Bay Distinguished Volunteer of the Year award for his work as the Chairman of the Architectural Review Commission and for upgrading the Municipal Design Guidelines. Roy is featured in the December 2006 issue of The Wisconsin Law Journal as one of the Top Construction Lawyers in Wisconsin. Since 2008, Roy has been listed in Wisconsin Super Lawyers® in Construction Litigation. In 2009, Roy received the Charles Dunn Author Award from the State Bar of Wisconsin for an article that was published in Wisconsin Lawyer magazine titled “Mediating Complex Construction Claims.” Roy is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® in the field of Construction Law. In October of 2013, Roy received the “Educator of the Year” award at The Daily Reporter’s “Newsmaker of the Year” event, which honored those making significant contributions to the construction industry. In March of 2015, Roy was recognized by the Wisconsin Law Journal as a “Leader in the Law”.

In 2007, Roy successfully argued before the Wisconsin Supreme Court in the case of Stuart v. Weisflog, 2005 AP 886, which involved a construction dispute between an owner and a contractor. This important decision clarified business practices and responsibility for owners and contractors.

Sampling of Recent Presentations/Programs

  • “ADR as a Mechanism for Construction Dispute Resolution:  A Worthwhile Alternative,” State Bar of Wisconsin Annual Meeting & Conference, June 2018
  • “Collaborative Construction Claim (CCC) Process: Another ADR Tool and Perhaps the Lawyer Advocates Best Tactic,” ABA Fall Meeting - Forum on Construction Industry, Oct. 2016
  • Moderator/Presenter for “Best Practices in a ‘Red Hot’ Construction and Development Climate,” Commercial Association of Realtors of Wisconsin, Sept. 2015
  • Chair/Moderator for “Anatomy of a Construction Claim: What you need to know to manage a claim before and after it happens,” State Bar of Wisconsin, Apr. 2014
  • “Civil Engineering Capstone Design: Risk Management,” and “Construction Planning, Scheduling and Control,” Marquette University Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, Guest Lecturer, March 2014-present
  • “Upgrading Your Procurement Function,” Association for Corporate Counsel–Wisconsin Chapter, Annual Conference, May 2013
  • Chair/Moderator for “Public Contracting Best Practices: What You Need to Know to Land and Succeed with Public Projects,” State Bar of Wisconsin, Feb. 2013
  • “Mediating Construction Law Cases,” Milwaukee Bar Association, Feb. 2013
  • “Advanced Contract and Insurance Strategies to Minimize Construction Claims,” Associated General Contractors of America–Milwaukee, Oct. 2012
  • “Best Practices for Facility/Construction Purchases: How to Avoid Limited Warranties, One-Side Vendor Contracts, Insurance Coverage Gaps and Other Legal Pitfalls,“ Association for Corporate Counsel–Wisconsin Chapter, Annual Conference, May 2012
  • “Best Architect Practices – Tips Architects Can Use Today,” American Institute of Architects– Wisconsin, Apr. 2012
  • “What Every Real Estate Professional Should Know About Construction Practices,” Commercial Association of Realtors–Wisconsin, Apr. 2012
  • Judge, American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution–Representation in Mediation Competition, Marquette University Law School, Feb. 2012
  • Chair/Moderator, “Top Business and Risk Tips for the Construction Industry,” State Bar of Wisconsin, Feb. 2012
  • Chair/Moderator, “What to do if...? How to navigate typical and unique issues facing a construction project,” State Bar of Wisconsin, Jan. 2011
  • “Negotiation, Mediation and Arbitration,” Guest Lecturer, University of Wisconsin Law School, 2009-2013
  • Chair/Moderator, “Building Green: Risks and Rewards,” State Bar of Wisconsin, Jan. 2010
  • “Nailing Down Alternative Dispute Resolution in Construction Cases,” State Bar of Wisconsin, Nov. 2009
  • “Ten Legal Tips for Renovating and Expansion,” Building Owners Management Association and International Facility Managers Association–Wisconsin, Oct. 2009
  • Chair/Moderator, “Wisconsin’s Mega Projects: Successes and Challenges,” State Bar of Wisconsin, Nov. 2008
  • “Construction/Purchasing Issues for School Districts and their Facility Managers,” Midwest Facility Masters Conference, Oct. 2008
  • Program Chair and Presenter, “Construction Law Basics for the Business Lawyer,” Corporate Practice Institute, Dec. 2007
  • Co-Chair and Presenter, “Construction ADR Program,” State Bar of Wisconsin, Nov. 2007
  • “Construction Contracts for School Projects,” WASBO Facilities Manager Certification Program New School Planning, Design and Construction Series, May 2007


Sampling of Recent Articles

  • “Collaborative Construction Claim (CCC) Process: Another ADR Tool and Perhaps the Lawyer
    Advocates Best Tactic,” JAMS Global Construction Solutions, Spring 2017
  • “10 Tips for Renovating Now: Planning for successful renovation and expansion projects during challenging economic times,” Inn Touch, Fall 2009
  • “Mediating Complex Construction Claims,” Wisconsin Lawyer, June 2008

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Education:

  • Marquette University, J.D., 1978
  • University of Wisconsin, B.A., with distinction, 1975

Bar Admissions:

  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

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