Dennis Wagner

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Appellate Attorney in Riverside, CA

Wagner & Pelayes, LLP
 | 1325 Spruce St, Suite 200
Riverside, CA 92507
Phone: 951-686-4800
Fax: 951-686-4801
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1981
Practice Areas:
  • Appellate (20%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (20%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Real Estate: Business (20%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (10%),
  • Civil Rights (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Dennis Wagner is a managing partner with the Wagner & Pelayes, LLP, law firm in Riverside, California. Serving the rights and interests of plaintiffs and defendants alike, Mr. Wagner represents a wide range of clients throughout Riverside and San Bernardino counties who have legal needs involving any of the following:

·        Commercial real estate law

·        Employment law for employers and employees

·        Personal injury

·        Private mediation

·        Police civil rights defense

·        Insurance defense

·        Municipal liability defense

·        Appeals

A 1977 graduate of Western Michigan University, Mr. Wagner attended California Western School of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 1981. The State Bar of California admitted him to practice that same year, and he is also licensed to practice in Nevada and Texas. He also has extensive experience practicing before all U.S. District Court in California as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th, 7th and 9th Circuits and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Throughout the course of his career, Mr. Wagner has achieved notable success advocating on behalf of public employees, public entities, elected officials, municipalities, insurance companies and others in complex litigation involving a host of serious issues, and he has tried around 50 jury trials to verdict. After serving as Deputy County Counsel for San Bernardino County for more than 10 years, he helped establish Wagner & Pelayes, LLP, in order to better serve the needs and goals of his clients.

Highly active in his legal community, Mr. Wagner is a member of the San Bernardino County Bar Association and the American Board of Trial Advocates. He also is the former president of the Federal Bar Association's Inland Empire Chapter, where he continues to serve on the board. Committed to his local community as well, he sits on the California Council of School Attorneys and the California School Boards Association.

Recognized for his impeccable professionalism and exceptional legal abilities, Mr. Wagner holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, and he has earned numerous other awards and honors as well. He has also taught civil liberties classes for deputy sheriffs and law enforcement management with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, and he has facilitated various classes with San Bernardino Community College.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 20%Appellate
  • 20%Employment & Labor
  • 20%Personal Injury - General
  • 20%Real Estate
  • 10%Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • 10%Civil Rights
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Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2020

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About Dennis Wagner

Admitted: 1981, California

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Bar/Professional Activity:

  • California Council of School Attorneys
  • California School Board Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) (Advocate)
  • San Bernardino County Bar Association
  • Inland Empire Federal Bar Association, Board Member, 2000 – Present
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Associate, 2002
  • County Counsel Association, 2001 – 2002
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2011
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 2011
  • California, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 2010
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1982
  • Texas, 1985
  • Nevada, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1981

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Active Instructor – Civil Liabilities, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, 1997 – Present
  • Various Topics, San Bernardino Community College District, 1997 – Present

Educational Background:

  • Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, USA, B.A., Major: Criminal Justice – 1977
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Office Location for Dennis Wagner

1325 Spruce St
Suite 200
Riverside, CA 92507

Phone: 951-686-4800

Fax: 951-686-4801

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Last Updated: 5/23/2019

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