Selected To:
Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® (2017)

Bar Admissions

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

United States District Court for Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation

Temple University School of Law School (J.D., 1990)
Widener University (M.S., 1985)
Niagara University (B.S., 1978)

Mary S. Kohnke Wagner

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Phone Number : (215) 972-5420
Fax Number : (215) 972-7008
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One Logan Square, 26th Floor
130 N. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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MARY S. KOHNKE WAGNER focuses her practice on workers’ compensation defense and has represented a wide array of employers in the fields of hospital/nursing homes, trucking industry, a regional transportation authority, municipal operations, police and firefighters, construction, restaurant, catering and custodial services. Notably, Ms. Wagner uses the knowledge from her background in nursing to assist clients with complicated medical claims.

Prior to joining the team at Chartwell, Ms. Wagner served as head nurse and supervisor at Temple University Hospital. She also worked at Lankenau Hospital for many years in the surgical telemetry step down unit. This experience provides her with the insight to manage medically complex matters.

Ms. Wagner also has a unique understanding of her clients’ needs, having worked as in-house counsel for the fourth-largest property and casualty insurer in the United States. While at this global insurance company, Ms. Wagner handled workers’ compensation issues.

After that, Ms. Wagner worked at two Philadelphia full-service law firms, serving a shareholder at one. In her role as counsel, Ms. Wagner helped clients to prevent claims and served as a consultant on pre-litigation matters.

Ms. Wagner lectures frequently regarding medical-legal issues utilizing her unique skill set as a registered nurse, often teaching nursing students. She continues her commitment to the medical field and, just recently, volunteered in Haiti.

While obtaining her MS in nursing from Widener University, Ms. Wagner researched stress levels experienced by nurses in different settings.  While in law school, she served as student director of the Law Education and Participation Program (“LEAP”) which provided law related courses for Philadelphia students of all ages.

Professional Associations

Philadelphia Bar Association
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Barbieri Inn of Court