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"One night as I studied for my undergraduate final exams, I wondered if the formal education I had up to that time  in my life would allow me to be of any help to people and make a difference."

It was that night that John Stuart realized he could help people resolve their issues, disputes and problems best as an attorney. He has dedicated his life to the city of Tulsa. It’s where he was born, went to law school and took up the practice of law. 

John also felt a need to serve his country. "As quick as the questions entered my head, the answers followed. I would become a lawyer and join the Air Force and serve as a medic," said John, who accomplished all of those goals.

He has served Oklahoma residents as an attorney since 1974. As the principal attorney of Wagner Stuart, he guides clients through issues concerning business law, personal injury, estate planning, employment law, insurance defense and gun trusts. John works directly with his clients, providing a personal approach to helping others achieve their goals.

From defending a physician, veterinarian, dentist or attorney to representing a manufacturer or individual who just wants to purchase commercial property, John enjoys the fact that each case "feels new and interesting."

Outside of Wagner Stuart, John enjoys tinkering with his 1967 Tri-Power GTO. He also has an interest in airplanes and had the opportunity to fly a World War II B-17.

Education

  • J.D. University of Tulsa College of Law, 1974
    Highest grade in Remedies and in Trial Practice;  
    College of Law Dean’s Honor Roll each year
  • B.S. University of Tulsa, 1971

Admissions

  • Oklahoma Bar Association, 1974
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Western District Court (Oklahoma)
  • U.S. Northern District Court (Oklahoma)
  • U.S. Eastern District Court (Oklahoma)

Memberships

  • Tulsa County Oklahoma Bar Association
  • Oklahoma Association of Defense Counsel

Accolades

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Lawyer, 2010
  • AV-rated Lawyer, 1989-2009
  • Who’s Who in American Law
  • AM Best Recommended Insurance Attorney
  • Tulsa’s Top Lawyers, Insurance Defense (Tulsa People, May 2011)
  • Tulsa’s Top Lawyers, General Practice (Tulsa People, July 2012)

Community Service

  • Attorney representative, United Way Lawyers Drive 
  • Tulsa County Professional Responsibility Grievance Committee

Speaking Engagements

  • Lecturer (Torts), University of Tulsa College of Law 
  • Presenter, Annual Insurance School, Oklahoma Association of Insurance Agents (Advanced Errors & Omissions Seminar) at the University of Oklahoma 
  • Oklahoma Bar Association Faculty Member for Continuing Legal Education 
  • American Inns of Court – W. Lee Johnson Chapter, Tulsa, Ok.

Reported Case

  • Oklahoma Supreme Court Opinion, 74764, Ballinger v. Security Connecticut Life Insurance Company.