Wagar Hickman, LLC is a new, boutique civil litigation firm whose attorneys bring nearly four decades of litigation experience to bear on behalf of our clients who need outstanding representation in difficult and complex civil cases.
We represent clients in civil litigation. The focus of our practice is in medical malpractice, products liability, maritime and commercial litigation, but we handle other complex civil litigation as well.
We begin our representation with analysis and then discussion with our clients on their legal needs. We think our role as an advisor and counsellor is as important as any other aspect of our practice.
As advocates we bring focused attention and energy to the essence of the client's legal issues to avoid, forestall or minimize the conflict and dispute before or early in litigation, often achieving settlements and early resolution for our clients with maximum efficiency and speed. Examples of settlements we have achieved over the years can be seen on our website.
As attorneys at law, our clients have our experience and loyalty to the end of a lawsuit, including the courts of appeal and supreme courts. Our track record of success in many cases over the years can be seen on our website as well.
The reviews Chip Wagar and Sarah Hickman have garnered in their representation of individual and corporate clients is also a matter of record and is something about which the firm is most proud because, after all, there is no higher praise for a lawyer than a satisfied client.
1590 West Approach #2
Mandeville, LA 70471
9 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
French, some German and Spanish
Wagar Hickman represents patients and their families in claims for medical malpractice in Louisiana and the Gulf Coast Region. Medical malpractice stands alone in personal injury litigation as the most complex, expensive and challenging for clients,
Wagar Hickman invests time, expense and their passion for justice for clients seriously injured or killed by negligent healthcare providers, including doctors, hospitals and nursing homes. We will evaluate your case, including expert medical analysis in some cases, at our expense, at the outset of a claim to determine if you have a viable case. Contact us for a free initial evaluation if you suspect that you or someone you love has been injured by medical negligence.
Medical malpractice as a focus or specialty in the practice of law is not for the faint of heart. There are no "rear end collisions" in medical malpractice that guarantee a payout after an injury. The law is extremely complex and poses many traps for the unwary or inexperienced lawyer that can result in loss or dismissal of a claim through legal malpractice. The law in most states is also very slanted in many ways to protect healthcare providers, hospitals and nursing homes against their own medical negligence. At Wagar Hickman, LLC, what distinguishes us from other lawyers is our experience in medical malpractice litigation and as outstanding trial lawyers. Chip Wagar succeeded in obtaining the largest medical malpractice award for a single claimant - $8 million - in the history of the State of Louisiana, for example, Chip Wagar and Sarah Hickman have obtained settlements or judgments to date of over $19 million for their clients injured in medical malpractice. We know what we are doing when it comes to med mal and we take care of our clients who have suffered a devastating injury or loss through medical negligence. No lawyer can guarantee results but we guarantee experience, passion and zeal in the representation of our medical malpractice clients.
Chip applies his more than three decades of civil trial litigation experience to the most complex and difficult cases of medical malpractice nowadays. Based in the metro New Orleans area, Chip is licensed in Louisiana and Texas, he has a multi-state practice and has been admitted pro hac vice in many other states including Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Arkansas, and Mississippi. Chip brings together meticulous preparation with passionate courtroom advocacy on behalf of both his individual and corporate clients.
Chipâs preeminent professional achievements have been recognized by his peers and various legal and professional organizations including Super Lawyers, the American Board of Trial Advocates, and the International Association of Defense Counsel. He is a Life Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and has received Martindale's highest (AV) rating for lawyers for more than 30 years. In January 2015, he was lead counsel in a medical malpractice wrongful death case in New Orleans that resulted in a multi-million dollar jury award; the highest damage award to a single medical malpractice victim in Louisiana history. Chip handles medical malpractice cases all over Louisiana, southern Mississippi and the panhandle of Florida.
Chip also represents local, national and international manufacturers in products liability litigation claims involving the defense of personal injury, property damage and business interruption claims. Chip has been a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel, an invitation-only organization of preeminent defense attorneys and regularly represents Fortune 500 clients in these cases.
Chip has taught trial advocacy to hundreds of lawyers over the years with the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and to law students at Tulane and LSU law schools in Louisiana. He is presently an Adjunct Professor at Loyola University's College of Law where he teaches Medical Malpractice law. He is also an award-winning writer of historical fiction, having two published novels, An American in Vienna and The Carpathian Assignment, a newly-released non-fiction work, Double Emperor, The Life and Times of Francis of Austria.
Chip Wagar and his wife Cheryl have lived in Mandeville, Louisiana since the late 1980âs; a city near New Orleans on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain. Chip has two children, Will Wagar, and Sarah Hickman. He enjoys writing in his free time as well as travel and exploration, especially in Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe and the Americas. An avid history buff, he narrates the military history podcast Killing Time on iTunes, which explores the greatest battles and campaigns that changed the course of history.
Sarah's legal career began long before she went to law school. Sarah has worked for a law firm in one capacity or another since she was an intern in high school. She then became a legal assistant, paralegal and ultimately an associate attorney since October, 2014. She began attending and assisting at trials in her teens with her father, coming to understand the degree of preparation and attention to detail that marks her as a lawyer today.
In 2018, Sarah expanded her practice to include Divorce and Family Law as well as simple Estate Planning. For her outstanding work in the Medical Malpractice arena, she was recognized by the American Institute of Legal Advocates as a Rising Star in personal injury. Sarah is a fierce and loyal advocate for her clients. Her true passion lies in helping those who need it the most.
Today, Sarah's practice is primarily in serious personal injury, namely medical malpractice and other general casualty litigation. She is a graduate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy's trial school. Already in her young but distinguished career she has served as counsel of record and participated in trial and appellate court practice in several complex cases. The other part of her practice is devoted to helping people plan for the future in drafting Medical Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, Last Wills and Testaments and Family Trusts. In connection with her Family Law practice, Sarah also handles divorce, division of assets and child custody.
On a more personal note, as a Mandeville-Louisiana native, Sarah was an outstanding athlete growing up, especially in women's soccer, culminating in her selection as a NCAAA Gatorade high school All American in 2004. She attended Mandeville High School and captained their team. Her competitive drive which was acquired from her years playing sports has translated well in her professional career. She enjoys history, politics and travel--having spent some of her time during her undergraduate at LSU in overseas study in Paris. Sarah is happily married to her husband Chris, an accomplished CPA, and they are the parents of two beautiful boys. Family is the most important and our business is family.
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