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Roy E. Wagner

Leader, Construction Law


Roy is a Partner in the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group and leads the firm’s Construction Law Group. With more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry, Roy serves as a tactical advocate for his clients.

He provides strategic representation and counsel on real estate, commercial, and construction matters, including assisting owners, real estate and design professionals, contractors, and developers in facilitating their projects and strategically solving their legal disputes.

With experience serving as a Board Member of the Dispute Resolution Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin, Roy has the foundation necessary to provide a collaborative approach which includes utilizing mediation, arbitration, and litigation to finalize dispute resolutions. He has successfully argued before the Wisconsin Supreme Court, and has also served as both arbitrator and mediator. He also regularly lectures to lawyers and trade groups on construction and procurement practices.

Prior to joining Michael Best, Roy served as a Partner and Chair of the Construction law and Litigation group of a Midwest-based law firm.

Honors & Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Construction Law, 2013-present
  • Icons of Construction, The Daily Reporter, 2020
  • Leader in the Law, Wisconsin Law Journal, 2015
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent®
  • Educator of the Year, The Daily Reporter’s “Newsmaker of the Year”, 2013
  • Charles Dunn Author Award, State Bar of Wisconsin, “Mediating Complex construction Claims,” 2009

Professional Activities

  • Board Member, State Bar of Wisconsin’s Dispute Resolution Section
  • Member, State Bar of Wisconsin’s Litigation, Construction and Public Contract Law Section
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Past Chair, State Bar of Wisconsin’s Construction and Public Contract Law Section (2008 – 2010)
  • Past Board Member, State Bar of Wisconsin’s Construction and Public Contract Law Section (2006 – 2012)
  • Past Chair, Architectural Review Commission



Community Involvement

  • Volunteer of the Year, Architectural Review Commission for Whitefish Bay
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