John D. Wagner

Practice Areas

Admitted to Practice

  • Commonwealth of Kentucky (2010)
  • State of Ohio (2011)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit (2012)
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio (2012)
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky (2012)
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana (2013)
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky (2016)


  • J.D., NKU – Salmon P. Chase College of Law (2010)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Denison University, cum laude (2007)


  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy - Trial Advocacy Institute Participant - 2014

John D. Wagner

John D. Wagner is a Partner in the firm’s Litigation Practice Group.  A skilled litigator, John practices in areas including products liability, trucking, construction litigation, personal injury and general tort and contract litigation.  John has represented multinational corporations in both federal and state courts in Kentucky and Ohio, routinely confronting complex legal issues and addressing them through critical motion practice and trial.

Throughout his career, John has represented both claimants and defendants in an extensive range of practice areas, including:  toxic tort defense, personal injury, medical malpractice, commercial vehicle transportation claims, catastrophic school bus and motor coach claims, and business disputes.  Immersion in intricate legal issues on both sides throughout his legal career allows John to strategically analyze claims and provide effective representation and efficient solutions for his clients.

John is a people person, and that aspect of his personality is evident when working with him.  The opportunity to create relationships and help his clients find clarity and resolution is his principal motivator as a litigator.

John grew up locally in Northern Kentucky.  Outside of work, John enjoys traveling abroad with his wife and playing soccer, tennis and basketball.  John is active in his community and has volunteered with the Greater Cincinnati Adapted Sports Club and coached youth basketball at Fairview Clifton German Language School and Blessed Sacrament School.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • CLM Alliance – Southwest Ohio Chapter
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Northern Kentucky Bar Association

Honors & Awards

Super Lawyer Rising Star in 2019 and 2020

Community Involvement

  • Greater Cincinnati Adopted Sports Club – Volunteer
  • Youth Basketball Volunteer Coach- Blessed Sacrament School & Fairview Clifton German Language School
  • Covington Catholic High School Alumni Board – Member
  • Covington Catholic Northern Kentuckian of the Year – Committee Member