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David E. Wagner

David 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. David 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, David handles land use issues before local governmental officials and a wide range of distressed commercial real estate matters.

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

  • “Lawyer of the Year” - Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate, Raleigh Area, 2020
  • Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, 2013-2021
  • Legal Elite, Business North Carolina Magazine, Real Estate Law, 2008 and 2011-2012
  • Legal Elite Young Guns, Business North Carolina Magazine, 2011
  • Completed Two Ironman Races (Ironman Florida in 2010 and Ironman Lake Placid in 2012)
  • National Association of Industrial and Office Parks, Triangle Chapter, 2004-present
  • International Council of Shopping Centers (2005-2016)
  • Assistant Lacrosse Coach - St. Michaels School, Cary, NC (2016-2019)
  • Assistant Basketball Coach - St. Michaels School, Cary, NC (2016-2018)
  • Youth Basketball Coach - Town of Morrisville and Town of Cary (2012-2015)
  • Youth Flag Football Coach (2012-2013)
  • Operation Homefront of North Carolina (Board of Directors, 2008-2014)
  • 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
  • "Winning the Commercial Leasing Game in North Carolina: How to Structure Worry-Free Leases," presentation, National Business Institute, October 2005
  • “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
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