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Claudia Wagner ‘77 is a partner in the Government and Regulatory Policy Division of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, and co-chair of the firm’s New York City Government Practice Group. With more than 25 years of experience with New York City government, including managing her own firm, she helps clients such as American Museum of Natural History and The Whitney Museum navigate the labyrinth of New York City laws, regulations, procedures and politics.
Wagner has substantive experience in the areas of municipal budgeting and finance, cultural organization and nonprofit funding and city support, real estate development, residential housing regulatory framework and municipal franchising and procurement. Among her other clients are Roundabout Theatre Company, The Durst Organization, New York State Association for Affordable Housing, VeriSign, Maximus and Association of Talent Agents.
Prior to joining Manatt, Wagner helmed her own law practice, The Law Offices of Claudia Wagner, where she and her colleagues represented national and international corporations, not-for-profit entities, residential co-op and condominium owners and cultural institutions on a wide array of matters involving The City of New York, New York public authorities and New York public corporations. She brought many of her colleagues with her when joining Manatt last year.
Wagner began her career as counsel to a member of the New York State Assembly. She broadened her skills by serving seven years as New York City’s legislative representative under Mayor Ed Koch. She also practiced at a prominent New York-based government relations law firm, where she gained an extensive background in governmental and administrative law.
Wagner has two sons, one who is an engineer in Washington, D.C., and one who is a student at the University of Vermont. She lives with her husband in New York City.