Bruce Wagner -

Bruce J. Wagner

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Bruce Wagner -

Bruce J. Wagner

Partner

Bruce Wagner practices exclusively in the field of matrimonial and family law and represents clients in the negotiation and litigation of pre-nuptial agreements, separation and divorce, in addition to conducting a statewide practice in appeals before all four Appellate Divisions and the Court of Appeals. Mr. Wagner’s areas of concentration include divorce, high net worth property cases, prenuptial agreements, interstate support, and international custody.

Affiliations

Mr. Wagner is admitted to practice in the State of New York and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Mr. Wagner is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He is a Certified Fellow of both the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the International Academy of Family Lawyers. Mr. Wagner is a Diplomate of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers, a select group of 100 of the top family law trial lawyers from across the United States. He serves on the N.Y.S. Office of Court Administration Advisory Committee on Matrimonial Practice and the N.Y.S. Office of Court Administration Third Department Judicial Hearing Officer Selection Advisory Committee.  He is a past President of the Rensselaer County Magistrates’ Association and the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, New York Chapter.  Mr. Wagner is a past Chair of the Family Law Section of the New York State Bar Association and has served for more than 20 years as a Co-Chair of Continuing Legal Education for the Family Law Section.

Mr. Wagner has a peer rating of AV® Preeminent™ in Martindale-Hubbell, has been named in all editions since 1998 of The Best Lawyers in America and has been selected for inclusion in all issues of Super Lawyers – Upstate New York beginning in 2007.

Professional/Community

An active member of the community, Mr. Wagner has for over 15 years served as either an Assistant Scoutmaster or Committee Member for Boy Scout Troop 53, Castleton and as a Merit Badge Counselor for Twin Rivers Council, Boy Scouts of America. He is a former Choir Director for the Church of the Holy Spirit and the First United Methodist Church, both in East Greenbush. Mr. Wagner served for 20 years as the Conductor of the Hendrick Hudson Male Chorus, East Greenbush and as Co-Conductor of the Yankee Male Chorus, Vermont and New Hampshire, for 20 summer concert seasons.

Mr. Wagner is a former Town Justice for the Town of Schodack, having served for over 16 years. He was a member of the Board of Assessment Review for the Town of Schodack for 5 years.

Background/Education

Mr. Wagner received a Juris Doctor from Albany Law School of Union University and earned his Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University.  

Presentations/Publications

As a frequent lecturer, Mr. Wagner has presented continuing legal and judicial education programs or authored columns for the following organizations:

  • Albany, Broome, Nassau, Onondaga, Oswego, Rensselaer, Queens, Schenectady, and Westchester County Bar Associations, New York City Bar Association
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, N.Y. Chapter
  • New York State Bar Association
  • New York State Judicial Institute and New York State Office of Court Administration (Supreme and Family Court Judges, Support Magistrates and Court Attorney seminars)
  • Authors “Matrimonial Update” for the Albany County Bar Association Newsletter, May 2011 to present.
  • Editor, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers NY Chapter Bulletin, August 2015 to present.

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