Attorney Stephen A. (Steve) Wagner is a partner at Comstock & Wagner and has devoted his entire legal career to the practice of California Family Law. Steve is a California board-certified family law specialist and, in addition to his family law practice, he has taught family law at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria since 2012, and helped found the paralegal education program there.
Steve joined the firm founded by his mother in 2011 after a stint at a global S&P 500 company. Although he enjoyed his previous position, he was eager to use his education and experience to make a difference for clients on a more personal and impactful level. As he observes, "Family law requires practitioners to stay current in numerous areas of law; not only the Family Code itself, but also tax law, bankruptcy law, estate planning, and even criminal law. The intellectual challenges (of practice) are only surpassed by the personal satisfaction I find in working with people when they need help the most. It doesn’t get more personal than family law."
Colleagues describe Steve as a very analytical and academic attorney who loves the complexity of the law.He has a reputation as a fierce courtroom advocate, and has been retained by other attorneys and legal professionals after they have observed his work in court on behalf of other clients.
Though he is proud of being tenacious in pursuit of his clients' interests, Steve understands that there is more to the practice of family law than being aggressive. He knows that his clients are going through one of the most difficult and overwhelming experiences of their lives, and he takes care to demystify the legal process and to be available to clients when they need him.