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David E. Wagner

Fax +1.919.516.2016
Mr. Wagner is a partner in the Raleigh office and focuses his practice on the acquisition, development, financing, and leasing of office, retail, warehouse, medical, and mixed-use projects. His clients include shopping center owners, office landlords and tenants, real estate developers, healthcare providers, institutional investors, and lending institutions. Mr. Wagner regularly handles matters involving retail leasing, standard and medical office leasing, and ground leases as well as a full range of development and finance matters. In addition, Mr. Wagner handles land use issues before local governmental officials and a wide range of distressed commercial real estate matters.

Professional Background

Prior to his legal career, Mr. Wagner served as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps where he served from 1991-1997.


  • Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, 2013-2020
  • Legal Elite, Business North Carolina Magazine, Real Estate Law, 2008 and 2011-2012
  • Legal Elite Young Guns, Business North Carolina Magazine, 2011

Professional/Civic Activities

  • National Association of Industrial and Office Parks, Triangle Chapter, 2004-present
  • International Council of Shopping Centers 2005-present
  • Operation Homefront of North Carolina (Board of Directors, 2008-present)
  • Triangle Real Estate and Construction Veterans, 2006-2009, Secretary 2007-2008
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Real Property Section, 2000-present
  • Normandie Homeowner's Association Board, President and Vice-President, 2001-2003
  • UNC NROTC Alumni Association Board of Directors, 2003-2006

Speaking Engagements

  • "Winning the Commercial Leasing Game in North Carolina: How to Structure Worry-Free Leases," presentation, National Business Institute, October 2005

Additional Information

  • “The South Carolina Omitted Spouse Statute and In re Estate of Timmerman” 50 South Carolina Law Review, 1979, 1999
  • “Adding a Fueling Station Component to an Anchor Lease” Retail Law Strategist, Volume 10, Issue 4, December 2010
  • Represented a REIT in the leasing and development of two 300,000+ square foot shopping centers anchored by big box retailers.
  • Represents an office landlord in the negotiation of leases in a 20 building office project.
  • Represented a REIT in the acquisition of existing shopping centers.
  • Represented an office developer for the lease of a 250,000 square foot office tower to a single tenant.
  • Represented a REIT in large tenant leases and outparcel ground leases in a 150 acre shopping center in Mesa, Arizona.
  • Represented a healthcare provider in the development of a medical office campus including a ground lease, development agreement and leaseback with a national office developer.
  • Represented an office landlord in the negotiation of lease for five floors of space within a downtown office tower to a single tenant.
  • Represented a shopping center owner in the release of parcels from a deed of trust held by a REMIC. 
  • Represents the seller of a historic textile mill in Greensboro, NC. 
  • Represented a landlord in the lease of warehouse space to a paint recycling company.
  • Represents an office landlord in the lease of a 100,000 square foot Class A building to a single tenant.