Judge Mary Wagner


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As far back as she can recall Judge Mary Wagner has had a love and appreciation for the law.  Both of her parents were practicing attorneys and she grew up understanding the law’s importance and knowing exactly what she wanted to do.

Appointed to the Circuit Court of Shelby County in 2016 and elected to the bench in 2018, Judge Wagner has fast established herself as a leading jurist.

She approaches each case with a sense of duty, fairness and impartiality.  It is at the heart of her judicial philosophy and one of the many reasons she was chosen “Outstanding Judge of the Year” in 2019 by the Young Lawyer’s Division of the Shelby County Bar Association.


Graduate – Bachelor of Arts, University of Colorado

Graduate- Juris Doctor, University of Memphis School of Law, magna cum laude

Professional Experience:

State of Tennessee Circuit Court Judge, 30th Judicial District, Division VII, 2016 – Present

Practicing Attorney, Rice, Amundsen & Caperton, PLLC

Adjunct Professor, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis

Law Clerk, Judge Steven Stafford, Tennessee Court of Appeals

Law Clerk, Judge Robert L. Childers, Shelby County Circuit Clerk

Extern, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee

Community Activities:

Member, Germantown Kiwanis Club

Member, Hermitage Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution

Appointed, Governor’s Post Conviction Defender Oversight Commission


“Outstanding Judge of the Year” 2019 Chancellor Charles A. Round Memorial Award given by the Young Lawyer’s Division of the Memphis Bar Association

“Twelve Most Outstanding Women in the Judicial System” chosen in 2018 by the Memphis Inter-Denominational Fellowship Inc.

2016 Rising Star for Super Lawyers

2015 Rising Stars for Super Lawyers


Wife and mother, and member of Christ United Methodist Church

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1661 Aaron Brenner Dr. Suite 300 38120
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