Raina Wagner

Adjunct Professor

Contact

Seattle University School of Law
901 12th Avenue, Sullivan Hall
P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA 98122-1090
E-mail:  rwagnerbartlett@seattleu.edu

K&L Gates LLP
Phone: (206) 370-8087
E-mail: Raina.Wagner@klgates.com

Education

JD, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, 2012
MFA Creative Writing, University of Arizona, 2002
BA, History, University of Arizona, 2000

Biography

Raina Wagner is a senior litigation associate at K&L Gates LLP in Seattle. In her work with private and public clients that include multinational financial organizations, municipal corporations, school districts, and complex energy and utility corporations, Raina has developed a municipal, regulatory, and policy practice with a focus on complex litigation matters.

With public clients, Raina has been part of a team successfully defending a city in a high-profile defamation action; defended a state agency against a tortious interference claim; and helped lead legal action against a city vendor in breach of its seven-figure contract for services. In land use and condemnation actions, Raina excels in helping clients determine their rights and utilizing all regulatory and judicial resources to maximize their condemnation awards. In the transit field, she has worked with ports and small and regional transit agencies, including managing discovery for a transit agency in a union dispute.

In the private-client sector, Raina frequently represents her clients in depositions and oral advocacy. In asbestos defense litigation, Raina works closely with her clients to manage multiple and complex cases through all stages of pre-trial matters, discovery, court hearings, and trial preparation. She has located and worked with expert witnesses in a variety of types of litigation involving disputed contracts, including software experts and damages experts.

Raina is the Immediate Past President of the Loren Miller Bar Association (LMBA), of which she has been a member since 2013, previously serving as LMBA vice president and treasurer. Raina also maintains an active pro bono practice, assisting clients in search of domestic violence protection orders, legal guardianship petitions, and housing justice, volunteering at the LMBA-King County Bar Association Neighborhood Legal Clinic in Renton.

Raina is an Arizona native who graduated from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law after a career as a journalist at the Arizona Daily Star and The Seattle Times. She lives in Seattle's Magnolia neighborhood with her family.

Publications

"Adapting Environmental Justice: In the Age of Climate Change, Environmental Justice Demands a Combined Adaptation-Mitigation Response," Arizona Journal of Environmental Law & Policy, Vol. 2, Issue 2 (2011), pp. 153-172.