Nelson W. Wagar, III

Top rated Medical Malpractice attorney in Mandeville, Louisiana

Wagar Hickman, LLC
Nelson W. Wagar, III
Wagar Hickman, LLC

Practice Areas: Medical Malpractice, Products Liability, Transportation & Maritime; view more

Licensed in Louisiana since: 1979

Education: Tulane University Law School

Languages Spoken: English, French

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2024

Wagar Hickman, LLC

1401 W Causeway Approach
Mandeville, LA 70471 Visit website


As a founding partner of Wagar Hickman Law, Nelson W. Wagar, III, has over three decades of experience in civil trial litigation and focuses his practice on medical malpractice personal injury cases in Louisiana. Mr. Wagar has an Avvo “Superb” rating and has regularly represented Fortune 500 companies in products liability litigation in defending property damage, personal injury and business interruption claims. For his high ethical standards and long list of successful results, he holds the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell.

After graduating from The George Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in international affairs, Mr. Wagar attended Tulane University School of Law. In 1979, he graduated cum laude with his Juris Doctor and went on to be a recognized author and well-respected professional as a litigation attorney for Exxon Corporation. Currently, Mr. Wagar focuses primarily on complex products liability and medical malpractice cases; he also has experience in casualty loss cases, admiralty litigation and commercial litigation.

Mr. Wagar is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, the International Association of Defense Counsel and the American Board of Trial Advocates. Other professional organizations he is associated with include the State Bar of Texas and the Louisiana State Bar Association. Admitted to practice in both Texas and Louisiana, and before a long list of federal courts, Mr. Wagar is also admitted pro hac vice in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Arkansas, Alabama, South Carolina and Mississippi.

An adjunct professor, Mr. Wagar teaches medical malpractice law at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. Throughout his years practicing law, he has taught hundreds of lawyers about trial advocacy with the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. Mr. Wagar has also taught at Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center and Tulane University.

*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

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Products: Defense, Transportation/Maritime

Focus areas

Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Dental Malpractice, Medical Devices, Medical Malpractice, Pharmaceutical

  • 60% Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
  • 30% Personal Injury - Products: Defense
  • 10% Transportation/Maritime

First Admitted: 1979, Louisiana

Professional Webpage:

  • Super Lawyers, the American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Established in 1993, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States.  Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. There are over 5000 members throughout the country.  Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members. Membership has been based upon strict objective qualifications., Million Dollar Advocates Forum, , 2015
  • IADC membership is by invitation-only. The IADC membership is comprised of the world’s leading corporate and insurance lawyers and insurance executives. They are partners in large and small law firms, senior counsel in corporate law departments, and corporate and insurance executives. Members represent the largest corporations around the world, including the majority of companies listed in the FORTUNE 500., International Association of Defense Counsel,, 1986
  • The general purposes of this Association are to foster improvement in the ethical and technical standards of practice in the field of advocacy to the end that individual litigants may receive more effective representation and the general public be benefited by more efficient administration of justice consistent with time-tested and traditional principles of litigation., American Board of Trial Advocates, 2013
  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings since 1986
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Pro Hac Vice, Mississippi
  • Texas Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Pro Hac Vice, Arkansas
  • Texas
  • Pro Hac Vice, Alabama
  • Pro Hac Vice, Georgia
  • Pro Hac Vice, Pennsylvania
  • Pro Hac Vice, Massachusetts
  • Louisiana
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Teacher of trial advocacy for young lawyers with the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and for law students including Tulane and LSU law schools
  • Double Emperor, The Life and Times of Francis of Austria, Author 
  • The Carpathian Assignment; Createspace, 2014, Author 
  • An American in Vienna, iUniverse, 2011, Author 
  • Award winning author of An American in Vienna, a novel published in 2011
Educational Background:
  • City of London Polytechnic, London, United Kingdom, 1975
  • Austro-American Institute, Vienna, Austria, 1974
  • Tulane University School of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana, J.D., cum laude, 1979
  • George Washington University, Washington, DC, B.A. in International Affairs, 1976
Other Outstanding Achievements:
Representative Clients:
  • ABB Group, Siemens Industries, Inc., Thermi, HDI-Global Insurance Company, Gallagher Bassett Claims, MAN Diesel, 2018
Industry Groups:
  • Energy
  • Manufacturing
  • Maritime
  • Medical Devices

Office location for Nelson W. Wagar, III

1401 W Causeway Approach
Mandeville, LA 70471

Phone: 985-605-7947


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