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
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
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