Chip Wagar

Chip Wagar

Founding Partner


504-830-3838 (Main)


504-830-3841 (Direct)



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  • Founding Partner and formerly Managing Partner, 1996-2013 Wagar Richard Kutcher Tygier & Luminais, LLP
  • Partner, 1982-96
    • Hailey, McNamara, Hall, Larmann & Papale
  • Attorney, Litigation and E&P; 1979-82
    • Exxon Corporation, Exxon USA
  • Tulane University, School of Law; 1976-79
    • Juris Doctor, Cum Laude
  • George Washington University, 1972-76
    • Bachelor of Arts, International Affairs
  • Author
    • An American in Vienna, iUniverse, 2011
    • The Carpathian Assignment; Createspace, 2014
  • Peer Recognition:  Selected for inclusion within Louisiana Super Lawyers® 2011-2015, International Association of Defense Counsel, American Board of Trial Advocates, Avvo, Martindale-Hubbell “AV” attorney since 1986.
  • Professional:  Louisiana State Bar Association, Texas Bar Association, Admitted pro hac vice in numerous other states and federal districts of the United States.  Admitted to the Supreme Court and all inferior State Courts of Louisiana in 1979 and Texas in 1982 by passing the bar examination in both states.  Admitted to the US Supreme Court, 1981, Fifth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeal, 1980; US Districts Eastern, Middle and Western Louisiana, 1979; Eastern and Southern Districts, Texas, 2010; Northern District, Texas, 2015.  Various other admissions to federal districts in multiple states 1996-2015.
  • Practice:  Concentrated today in Medical Malpractice and Products Liability cases with some Commercial and other significant Casualty loss cases.  Lead counsel in several prominent cases in recent medical malpractice jurisprudence in Louisiana.  See Fanguy v. Lexington Insurance Company, Butler v. Bevrotte, et al, Dupree v. José (Joseph) Nelson Dorta, et al, and most recently, Terre Matranga, et al v. Parish Anesthesia of Jefferson, LLC, et al.  Cited as lead counsel in over 63 cases in Westlaw.  Lead counsel in over fifty jury trials and countless other bench trials, hearings and proceedings.  Thirty five years of litigation practice and experience.

Chip Wagar and his wife Cheryl have lived in Mandeville, Louisiana since the late 1980’s; a city near New Orleans on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain.  Chip has two children, Will Wagar and Sarah Hickman.  He enjoys travel and cruising, the Caribbean, exploring Europe and the Americas, and writing.  An avid history buff, he narrates the military history podcast “Killing Time” on iTunes, which explores the greatest battles and campaigns that changed the course of history.


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