As a student at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in Indianapolis, Stephen M. Wagner was named co-valedictorian in 1987. Mr. Wagner earned his B.A. in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from the University of Notre Dame in 1991 and his J.D. from Indiana University School of Law – Bloomington in 1994, both with honors. Before joining the Department of Justice, Mr. Wagner attended the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia. After being accepted into the Honors Program, he worked as a staff counsel for the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Philadelphia from 1994 to 1995. For the past 20 years, Mr. Wagner has practiced exclusively in plaintiff's injury, including wrongful death, civil rights violations, sexual abuse, product liability, gas explosion and fire cases, construction accidents, and mass torts. As early as 1996, Mr. Wagner decided to return to his hometown and join the esteemed Indianapolis law firm of Riley Bennett & Egloff. When Jason R. Reese joined Mr. Wagner in June 2000, they formed a firm that represents injury victims throughout Indiana and the United States. He has been named an "Indiana Super Lawyer" for the past fifteen years, an honor bestowed upon the state's top 5% of attorneys by the Indianapolis Monthly and Super Lawyer magazines. "Top 50 Personal Injury Attorneys in Indiana" were awarded to him from 2018 to 2021 by Super Lawyer. In 2006, the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association recognized Mr. Wagner as the "Indiana Trial Lawyer of the Year." As a "Distinguished Fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation," Mr. Wagner has been recognized for his significant contribution to the legal profession and leadership within the community. A member of the Indy Trial Lawyers Association Board of Directors. As a frequent speaker and writer about the intersection of workers' compensation and civil litigation, Mr. Wagner has contributed to numerous national and local legal publications, including the American Association for Justice's Trial magazine (Sept. 2011, Cutting Back the Worker's Compensation Lien) and Indiana Trial Lawyers Association's Verdict magazine (June 2008, Preserving the Worker's Compensation Lien). Cases that Mr. Wagner has tried to a jury in Indiana and across the country include auto and truck accident cases, medical malpractice cases, civil rights cases, and premises liability cases, and he has recovered for clients multiple seven-figure and several eight-figure sums. Mr. Wagner delights in representing the "little guy" and helping David defeat Goliath in high-profile legal cases involving police brutality, daycare negligence, and fraternity hazing. With his wife Courtenay, Mr. Wagner has four kids. When he's not working, he likes to help out at his church, play blues harmonica, act in community theatre, grill, and support the Indianapolis Colts, Pittsburgh Penguins, and the Irish.
Mr. Reese concentrates his practice in personal injury, wrongful death, and medical malpractice because he has felt called since a young age to champion the pursuit of justice for the voiceless and vulnerable. He has successfully tried injury cases before juries and judges all over Indiana. On an academic scholarship from the University of Arizona, Mr. Reese graduated magna cum laude. He graduated from the Indiana University School of Law – Bloomington with high honors. As a young lawyer in Indiana, Mr. Reese was awarded the Indiana State Bar Association's Young Lawyer of the Year (2003), the Indianapolis Business Journal's Forty Under 40 (2005), and he was named one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Indiana by The National Trial Lawyers. The Indianapolis Monthly and Super Lawyer magazines have published Mr. Reese as an Indiana Super Lawyer (top 5% of his practice area) regularly since 2004. Mr. Reese has been named a Top 50 Indiana Lawyer by Super Lawyer magazine for the past three years. This year, he was recognized as a top legal mentor. In 2019, Mr. Reese's achievements reached new heights when he was named Best Lawyers in America. The Indiana Lawyer selected him as a Distinguished Barrister. Mr. Reese enjoys mentoring and providing free legal assistance to the underprivileged in his spare time. CenterPoint Counseling, a not-for-profit organization that offers free counseling services to families and children in Marion County, has had him on its Board of Directors for several years. As a member of the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic's executive committee, he helps the legal needs of over 10,000 low-income Indiana residents each year. A not-for-profit group of business leaders committed to developing the next generation of godly business leaders on the Edge Mentoring Board. On the Grace Care Center Foundation Board, Mr. Reese serves as an advisor. More than 100 cases handled by Mr. Reese have resulted in seven-figure settlements. The Indianapolis Business Journal, IndyStar, NBC, CBS, ABC, and Fox frequently interview him. Mr. Reese has been serving clients all over the country for the past 23 years and holds licenses in both Indiana and Illinois. Families whose loved ones have suffered catastrophic injuries, medical malpractice, birth trauma, or wrongful death can turn to Mr. Reese for help. In Carmel, Mr. Reese and his family of three children live with his wife, Jill, whom he met in law school.
An experienced trial lawyer, Stephanie Cassman, has a deep love for the courtroom. As a trial lawyer in Indiana, she has successfully defended plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts. For Stephanie, personal injury, wrongful death, and civil rights cases are all practice areas. She takes the time to get to know each of her clients personally to fully grasp the impact that their injury has had on their lives. To ensure that clients receive the most compensation possible, it's critical to look beyond just the specifics of their injuries and care costs. A trusted advisor and an aggressive advocate are two roles that she sees herself playing in her role in the organization. She aims to understand the full impact of her clients' injuries so that she can express how their lives have been altered by accident. Stephanie frequently lectures on jury selection and trial advocacy on the Trial Advocacy Skills College faculty. As a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association, she has held numerous leadership positions, including Chair of the Litigation Section in 2011 and Vice President of the Board of Directors in 2015. Stephanie is a Distinguished Fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation for her significant contributions to the legal profession and community leadership. She is honored to hold this title. In 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021, Indiana Super Lawyers® named her one of the state's top 50 attorneys and 25 women. Stephanie was named Indiana Defense Lawyer of the Year in 2015 by her peers. Having been raised and educated in Terre Haute, Indiana, Stephanie considers herself a native Hoosier. Before going to law school, she earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. She is licensed to practice law in Indiana, the United States District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts, and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. She has successfully argued numerous appeals. Stephanie spent 17 years as a litigator at the prestigious Indianapolis law firm Lewis Wagner before joining Jason and Stephen's LLP, specializing in high-profile cases involving catastrophic injuries, civil rights violations, discrimination, and wrongful death. Having known Stephen Wagner and Jason Reese for many years, Stephanie joined them in 2017 to devote her practice to representing injured clients and their families. Pushing through the most challenging times of life is the most rewarding part of her job. Personal injury cases are one of Stephanie's favorite types of litigation because each client is different. Depending on the person's occupation, interests, or responsibilities at home, the same injury can affect others. The greatest reward is the appreciation of her clients, who thank her for taking the time to hear them out and comprehend their plight. Stephanie Cassman and her two teenage children live in Zionsville with her husband, an attorney named Ryan Cassman. Her favorite pastimes include spending time with her family; cooking, hiking, and gardening are also favorites of hers.
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Jeff Gibson was born in Shelbyville, Indiana, but grew up in Mississippi and Tennessee, where he attended college. In 1997, he returned to Indiana to attend Indiana University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree. In 2000, he received his J.D. from Indiana University School of Law Indianapolis. Attorney Gibson is licensed to practice law in Indiana, five federal district courts, and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, among other places. Jeff has established himself as a legal authority throughout his long career. Several drug and medical device litigation steering committees have entrusted him with leadership roles. In re Prempro Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 4:03-CV-1507, chair of the non-party discovery committee; in re Consolidated Fresenius Cases (GranuFlo), pending in Massachusetts, Middlesex County, MICV2013-3400-O, chair of the bellwether discovery program; in infusion pain pump cases, national coordinating counsel where no MDL existed; plaintiff's steering committee in Zofran (Ondansetron) Products. In Re Johnson and Johnson Talcum Powder Litigation, Sales Practice and Product Liability Litigation MDL 2738, and In Re VALSARTAN N-NITROSODIMETHYLAMINE (NDMA) PRODUCTS LIABILITY LITIGATION MDL 2875, he serves on several multi-district litigation steering committees. When it comes to sexual assault and trafficking, Mr. Gibson is part of a national alliance of sexual abuse attorneys who devote their practice to helping survivors of these crimes. Jeff frequently represents victims of sexual assault and medical and pharmaceutical litigation. He has represented and helped Olympic athletes, clergy abuse victims, and patients in residential treatment facilities, among other things. Jeff and his colleagues firmly believe that survivors of sexual violence can give a face and a platform to those who have been silenced for so many years. People who have been harmed by sexual violence can count on them to stand up and fight for their rights. In addition to being a well-known legal author, Attorney Gibson has had numerous articles published in legal journals. Mass Torts Made Perfect, National Business Institute Continuing Legal Education (NBICLE), and the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association have invited him to speak as a keynote speaker at various legal conferences and seminars. In addition, Jeff serves as a member of the National Crime Victim Bar Association, representing crime victims in civil lawsuits. He has been recognized as a Super Lawyers® and a Super Lawyers® Rising Stars member. The National Trial Lawyers Association's "40 Under 40" award was another honor. He is a member of the Indiana Trial Lawyers and the Indianapolis Bar Association for the American Association for Justice. Jeff spends most of his free time with his family, including watching his children participate in various youth sports. You may see him and his family at an IU men's basketball or football game. If Jeff isn't relaxing, he serves on the Board of Directors for Beyond Monumental, a non-profit that promotes the health and well-being of young people through events like the Monumental Marathon.