Mary S. Kohnke Wagner

Partner

mwagner@chartwelllaw.com
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(215) 972-5420
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(215) 972-7008
Philadelphia, PA
130 North 18th Street
26th Floor
Philadelphia
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PRACTICE AREAS

Workers' Compensation

Admissions

Pennsylvania

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Education

Temple University School of Law

J.D., 1990

Widener University

M.S., 1985

Niagara University

B.S., 1978

Mary S. Kohnke Wagner focuses her practice on workers’ compensation defense.

Ms. Wagner has represented a wide array of employers including hospitals/nursing homes, trucking, a regional transportation authority, municipal operations, police and firefighters, construction, restaurant, catering and custodial services. Notably, she uses the knowledge from her background in nursing to assist clients with complicated medical claims.

Ms. Wagner began her career as head nurse and supervisor at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. She also worked at Lankenau Hospital for many years in the surgical telemetry step down unit. These experiences have given her crucial insight to managing medically complex matters, in her position today.

Upon earning her law degree, Ms. Wagner worked as in-house counsel for the fourth-largest property and casualty insurer in the United States. While at this global insurance company, she handled workers’ compensation issues.  

Prior to joining Chartwell Law, Ms. Wagner worked at two full-service Philadelphia law firms, serving as a shareholder at one. In her role as counsel, Ms. Wagner assisted clients in preventing 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.  She continues her commitment to the medical field and has served as a volunteer Haiti.

While obtaining her MS in nursing, Ms. Wagner participated in research surrounding the stress levels experienced by nurses in different settings.  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

Presentations

“Combatting Use of Compound Creams in Workers’ Compensation”, Aramark National Summit, Aramark Tower Philadelphia- June 2016

“Understanding Impairment Rating Evaluations under the AMA Guidelines in light of Protz”, Inn of Court Presentation- Philadelphia 2016

“Managing Chronic Pain”, in collaboration with Gregory Pharo, DO, In house presentation, Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia- March 2015

“Infectious Diseases in the Workplace”, Inn of Court Presentation, Philadelphia- March 2015

“Dissecting Medical Records”, In-house client presentation, 2014.

“Workers’ Compensation Issues Involving the Larger Employer”, Philadelphia Bar Institute, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, 2012.

“Emerging Impact of Social Media in Workers’ Compensation”, several presentations to clients, 2011, 2012, 2013

“Understanding Pain and the Use of Narcotic Analgesia”, In collaboration with Rosemary Harris, MD, Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Judges’ Conference, Harrisburg, PA- June 2012.

“Workers Compensation 101 Roundtable”, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, Harrisburg, PA- June 2012.

“Understanding the Most Common Mistakes Made in Workers’ Compensation”, Pennsylvania Chambers of Business and Industry Human Resources Conference, Hershey, PA- June 2012.

“Effective Cross Examination of the Medical Expert”, In-house teaching series for new attorneys, 2012.

“Staying in Your Scrubs: Limiting Workers’ Compensation Exposure in Hospitals”, Central PA Association for Health Care Risk Management Fall Education Forum, Harrisburg, PA-November 2011.

“Effective Communication with the ‘Difficult’ Employee”, Presentation for CEU, 2011.

Achievements

Selected to Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® (2017-2019)

Mary S. Kohnke Wagner focuses her practice on workers’ compensation defense.

Ms. Wagner has represented a wide array of employers including hospitals/nursing homes, trucking, a regional transportation authority, municipal operations, police and firefighters, construction, restaurant, catering and custodial services. Notably, she uses the knowledge from her background in nursing to assist clients with complicated medical claims.

Ms. Wagner began her career as head nurse and supervisor at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. She also worked at Lankenau Hospital for many years in the surgical telemetry step down unit. These experiences have given her crucial insight to managing medically complex matters, in her position today.

Upon earning her law degree, Ms. Wagner worked as in-house counsel for the fourth-largest property and casualty insurer in the United States. While at this global insurance company, she handled workers’ compensation issues.  

Prior to joining Chartwell Law, Ms. Wagner worked at two full-service Philadelphia law firms, serving as a shareholder at one. In her role as counsel, Ms. Wagner assisted clients in preventing 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.  She continues her commitment to the medical field and has served as a volunteer Haiti.

While obtaining her MS in nursing, Ms. Wagner participated in research surrounding the stress levels experienced by nurses in different settings.  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

Presentations

“Combatting Use of Compound Creams in Workers’ Compensation”, Aramark National Summit, Aramark Tower Philadelphia- June 2016

“Understanding Impairment Rating Evaluations under the AMA Guidelines in light of Protz”, Inn of Court Presentation- Philadelphia 2016

“Managing Chronic Pain”, in collaboration with Gregory Pharo, DO, In house presentation, Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia- March 2015

“Infectious Diseases in the Workplace”, Inn of Court Presentation, Philadelphia- March 2015

“Dissecting Medical Records”, In-house client presentation, 2014.

“Workers’ Compensation Issues Involving the Larger Employer”, Philadelphia Bar Institute, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, 2012.

“Emerging Impact of Social Media in Workers’ Compensation”, several presentations to clients, 2011, 2012, 2013

“Understanding Pain and the Use of Narcotic Analgesia”, In collaboration with Rosemary Harris, MD, Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Judges’ Conference, Harrisburg, PA- June 2012.

“Workers Compensation 101 Roundtable”, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, Harrisburg, PA- June 2012.

“Understanding the Most Common Mistakes Made in Workers’ Compensation”, Pennsylvania Chambers of Business and Industry Human Resources Conference, Hershey, PA- June 2012.

“Effective Cross Examination of the Medical Expert”, In-house teaching series for new attorneys, 2012.

“Staying in Your Scrubs: Limiting Workers’ Compensation Exposure in Hospitals”, Central PA Association for Health Care Risk Management Fall Education Forum, Harrisburg, PA-November 2011.

“Effective Communication with the ‘Difficult’ Employee”, Presentation for CEU, 2011.

Achievements

Selected to Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® (2017-2019)

Resources