Robert L. Wagner

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Energy & Natural Resources Attorney in Pittsburgh, PA

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
 | One Oxford Centre, 20th Floor, 301 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: 412-562-8800
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2017
Licensed Since: 2010
Practice Areas:
  • Energy & Natural Resources (50%),
  • Intellectual Property (30%),
  • Business Litigation (20%)
Attorney Profile

As an attorney with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, Dr. Wagner focuses on handling matters involving the energy industry, patents, and other forms of intellectual property. Dr. Wagner also has a strong corporate law practice, representing clients involved in commercial litigation, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty, as well as those dealing with fraud and Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act litigation.

Dr. Wagner has an extensive educational background, beginning with a Bachelor of Science in physics from Harvey Mudd College. He then received a Master of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy, both in in applied physics, from the University of Michigan. Dr. Wagner went on to earn a Juris Doctor and graduate magna cum laude in 2001 from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he was invited to join the Order of the Coif and was a member of the school’s law review.

Today, Dr. Wagner uses his knowledge and experience to achieve success in civil litigation cases that require a firm grasp on technical issues involving intellectual property in the electrical, computer and mechanical fields. Having a number of resources at his disposal, Dr. Wagner build a compelling cases to support of his clients. Through every step of the process, he serves as a constant source of counsel and support.

For his commitment to clients, Dr. Wagner holds an Avvo “Superb” rating.

In addition to writing and speaking about his practice area, Dr. Wagner is also involved in the legal community with groups such as the Defense Research Institute (DRI), the Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association (PIPLA), and the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Energy & Natural Resources (50%): Energy Law

Intellectual Property (30%): Copyrights, Patents, Trademarks, Intellectual Property Law

Business Litigation (20%): Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements

Focus Areas

Energy & Natural Resources: Energy Law

Intellectual Property: Copyrights, Patents, Trademarks, Intellectual Property Law

Business Litigation: Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements


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Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2017

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About Robert Wagner

Admitted: 2010, Pennsylvania

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Honors and Awards:

  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers (Intellectual Property), 2013–17
  • AVVO 10.0/10.0 Rating, 2014–present

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Registered patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, 2009
  • Licensed attorney in the state of Illinois, 2001

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member of the Q. Todd Dickinson Intellectual Property Chapter of the American Inns of Court, 2015
  • Member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, 2010
  • Member of the Allegheny County Bar Association, 2010
  • Member of DRI, 2010
  • Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association, Board of Managers and Chair of Communications Committee
  • DRI, The Voice of the Defense Bar, Member of the IP Steering Committee and Chair of the Patent Special Law Group
  • Pennsylvania State Bar Association, Member and Chair of the Copyright Group of the Intellectual Property Law Section
  • Advisory Committee for the Study of the Local Patent Rules for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 2011
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2002
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania, 2010
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 2003
  • Trial Bar Northern District of Illinois, 2009
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 2003
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 2007
  • Illinois, 2001
  • Pennsylvania, 2010

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Dutilh United Methodist Church, Finance Committee
  • Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church, Church Finance and Administration Committee Member
  • United Methodist Foundation of Western Pennsylvania, Board Member

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • U.S. Patent No. 5,293,218, Interferometric JFTOT Tube Deposit Measuring Device, 1994
  • Nonlinear Optics with Relativistic Unbound Electrons, Science, vol. 273, p. 472, 1996
  • High-Resolution Optical Chirped Pulse Gating, Journal of Applied Optics, vol. 36, p. 2603, 1997
  • Electron Acceleration by a Laser Wakefield in a Relativistically Self-Guided Channel, Phys. Rev. Lett., vol. 78, p. 3125, 1997
  • Ph.D. Thesis (Univ. of Michigan)--Laser-Plasma Electron Accelerators and Nonlinear, Relativistic Optics, 1998
  • DRI Trade Secrets and Non-Competes: A Compendium of State Law, Pennsylvania Trade Secrets chapter with Henry Sneath, 2012
  • "Beware of the Patent Troll Tax," USLAW Magazine, Fall/Winter 2013
  • "An Introduction to Intellectual Property Law," Pittsburgh Paralegals Association, Pittsburgh, April 29, 2014
  • "Monkey Selfies, Ellen DeGeneres, and Twitter Pics--Current Issues in Copyright Law," Pittsburgh Paralegals Association Fall Education Conference, Pittsburgh, October 2, 2014
  • "Protecting Your Business in the Data Age: Cybersecurity, Data Breach Prevention and Response, Related Litigation," Western Pennsylvania Association of Corporate Counsel, Pittsburgh, October 21, 2015
  • "Life Cycle of a Cyber Security Breach," DRI Data Breach and Privacy Law Seminar, Chicago, November 5, 2015
  • "Update on the Western District of Pennsylvania's Revisions to the Local Patent Rules and Model Jury Instructions," Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association, Pittsburgh, January 20, 2016
  • "What? We Have New Local Rules? And Model Jury Instructions?" Q. Todd Dickinson American Inn of Court, Pittsburgh, January 25, 2016
  • "Federal Circuit Split on the Scope of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) and the New Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA)," USLAW Business to Business Litigation Exchange, San Francisco, June 14, 2016

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Midtronics v. Argus Analyzers and BPPower Inc.--Represented plaintiff in a patent infringement lawsuit against two companies that made and sold battery testing products. After a 4-day bench trial, the District Court entered judgment in favor of plaintiff, finding that defendants willfully infringed patent and awarding attorney and expert fees. Argued appeal before the Federal Circuit, which upheld the District Court's decision., 2011

Educational Background:

  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Ph.D., Major: Applied Physics, 1998
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Major: Applied Physics, M.S., 1995
  • Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, California, Major: Physics, B.S., 1992
Office Location for Robert L. Wagner

One Oxford Centre, 20th Floor
301 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone: 412-562-8800


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Last Updated: 7/20/2017

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