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Arielle Wagner
Arielle Wagner

2021 Up & Coming Attorneys: Arielle Wagner

Life for Arielle Wagner as an associate at Lockridge Grindal Nauen PLLP is a world away from her childhood growing up on the Lake Vermilion Reservation in Tower, Minnesota (population 500). It’s even different from her undergraduate and law school experience at the University of Minnesota.

Wagner graduated from law school in 2016 and joined LGN after a short stint at Anderson, Helgen, Davis & Cefalu. She practices in LGN’s class action group, with an emphasis in antitrust litigation, data breach litigation and ERISA. Wagner said it’s not a practice area that she had her eye on during law school, but she’s enjoying the challenges it presents. She clerked for LGN during her first year of law school.

“I mostly work on sprawling cases, and every day is different. I’m learning something new all the time,” she said. From her first day at LGN, Wagner has worked on a case involving multidistrict antitrust litigation over alleged price fixing of generic drugs. It still demands much of her time.

Outside of her day-to-day work, Wagner has been recognized as a North Star Lawyer by the Minnesota State Bar Association for her representation of criminal defendants as part of the Minnesota State Bar Association Appellate Public Defender Pro Bono Program. She represents defendants in their appeals, drafting and filing appellate briefs and preparing for and attending oral arguments in front of the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

Regarding this work, she said she enjoys the change from her day job, especially the people component of these cases. “It’s a completely different area of law. I’m drafting the brief, handling the oral argument and talking with the clients. It’s a lot more hands-on.”

The daughter of a single mother, Wagner left the reservation she grew up on, but she hasn’t forgotten her heritage. She currently serves as president of the Minnesota American Indian Bar Association (MAIBA). She also chairs LGN’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and has been actively involved in the Federal Bar Association Minnesota Chapter’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

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