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Frederick William Wagner (Bill Wagner)

Frederick William Wagner, American lawyer. Bar: Florida 1960, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1967, District of Columbia 1989; certified civil trial lawyer, Florida Bar; certified aviation lawyer, Florida Bar.


  • Wagner, Frederick William was born on April 13, 1933 in Daytona Beach, Florida, United States. Son of Adam A. and Nella (Schroeder) Wagner.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, University Florida, 1955. Bachelor of Laws with honors, University Florida, 1960.


    • Private practice law, Miami, Florida, 1960-1963, Orlando, 1963-1965, Tampa, since 1965. Partner Nichols, Gaither, Beckham, Colson, Spence & Hicks, 1965-1967. Partner, shareholder Wagner, Vaughan & McLaughlin, P.A., since 1967.

      Member Governor's Judicial Nominations Commission, 1971-1972, Constnl. Judicial Nominations Commission, 1972-1975. Member Florida Board Bar Examiners, 1974-1977, emeritus member, since 1995.

      Chairman Civil Procedure Rules Committee Florida Bar, 1977-1978. Board governors Florida Bar, 1978-1983. Trustee Roscoe Pound Institute, 1984-1992.

      Member civil jury instruction committee Florida Supreme Court, 1985-2003.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Florida 1960, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1967, District of Columbia 1989. Certified civil trial lawyer, Florida Bar. Certified aviation lawyer, Florida Bar.


    • Contributor articles to professional journals.


    Social norms that assume different standards for women than for men in marriage are outdated and should be rejected. Laws in civil society should define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

    Party affiliation: Democrat


    The teaching of Bible shows methods by which a man can obtain salvation.

    Denomination: Methodist


    Christians should read the Bible as part of a faith community, and try to put themselves into the story of God's dealings with humanity.


    1st lieutenant United States Air Force, 1955-1957. Fellow American Bar Foundation, American College Trial Lawyers, International Academy Trial Lawyers, American Board Trial Advocates. Member American Association for Justice (formerly known as Association of Trial Lawyers of America.

    Board governors 1973-1980, 84-89, chairman public affairs department 1984-1989, treasurer 1982-1984, vice president 1986-1987, president-elect 1987-1988, president 1988-1989), American Inns of Court Foundation (trustee 1996-2000), Florida Justice Association (formerly known as Academy Florida Trial Lawyers. Board directors 1965-1984, president 1972-1973), Bay Area Trial Lawyers Association (vice president 1966-1968), American Law Institute (council since 1993), Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association, Florida Bar Foundation, University Florida Alumni Association, National Board Trial Advocacy (certified civil), Association Personal Injury Lawyers, Australian Lawyers Alliance, Pan European Organization Personal Injury Lawyers, Southern Trial Lawyers Association, Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association.



    Travel, boating.


    • Married Ruth Whetstone. Children: Alan Frederick, Darryl William, Thomas Adam.
    • father: Adam A. Wagner
    • mother: Nella (Schroeder) Wagner
    • spouse: Ruth Whetstone
    • children: Alan Frederick Wagner
    • Darryl William Wagner
    • Thomas Adam Wagner
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