Buchalter Nemer Welcomes Assemblyman Donald P. Wagner. Mr. Wagner joins the Firm as Of Counsel in its Litigation Practice Group in Orange County. He is also a member of the California State Legislature, representing the 68th Assembly District.
In the State Assembly, Wagner is vice-chairman of the Judiciary Committee, with principal jurisdiction over the Civil and Evidence Codes, family law, and product and tort liability. He has authored numerous pieces of legislation related to the civil practice of law and received Legislator of the Year awards from the California Conference of Bar Associations, the Civil Justice Association of California, the Orange County Republican Party, and the California Association of Collectors. He also serves on the Health Committee and on the two key fiscal committees, Appropriations and Budget, including the Budget Subcommittee with responsibility for State Administration. Finally, he is in party leadership as the Deputy Republican Floor Manager. Wagner was first elected to the South Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees in 1998 serving three consecutive terms, including an unprecedented six years serving as Board President. Under his leadership, his district balanced every budget and paid off all its debts, without raising taxes.
As a practicing attorney, Wagner is active in the Orange County business and legal communities. He has served on several committees or advisory boards for the Orange County Bar Association and as a Judge Pro Tempore in the Superior Court of Orange County. He has also published articles on legal, political, and cultural topics in the local media.
Wagner is actively involved in several non-profits and charities. He was president of the American Lung Association of Orange County, and founded and served as the first president of the Orange County Chapter of the Federalist Society, a national organization of conservative lawyers, judges, and law professors committed to ensuring a judicial integrity and strict adherence to the Constitution of the United States. He is also a past finalist for the Irvine “Citizen of the Year” award.