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John A. Lucas


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Fields of Practice

  • Commercial, Contract, Securities, Class Action, State and Federal Court Litigation

Practice Overview

As an honor graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger school, an intense combat leadership course, a former member of the U.S. Army Special Forces and a decorated combat veteran, John brings his military philosophy to his law practice. Specifically, he defines the mission, and then accomplishes it.

John is the head of litigation for Wagner, Myers & Sanger, P.C., where he is responsible for management and leadership of the firm’s litigation efforts. He relies on good judgment, integrity, and his skill in the courtroom to solve his clients’ problems.

John’s legal practice and background includes a wide range of complex commercial litigation including the defense of class action lawsuits, antitrust and unfair competition suits, labor and employment disputes, lender liability claims, product liability suits, disputes over control of businesses, representation of bankruptcy trustees in protracted complex litigation arising out of collapsed Ponzi schemes, and the like.

John spent 31 years in litigation at Hunton & Williams and 5 years at Merchant & Gould, P.C. His practice has spanned a breadth and depth of legal and business issues, from the nuances of Delaware corporate merger law to the complexities of radiation monitoring systems for nuclear power plants.


Military Experience - Served with the 1st Cavalry Division in Vietnam from 1970-71 as the “Blue” or Aero-Rifle platoon leader with B/1/9 Cavalry.  Awards Include Combat Infantrymen’s Badge and Bronze Star Medal w/”V” device and 3 Oak Leaf Clusters. 1969-74 – Commissioned service. 1965-69 – U.S. Military Academy at West Point Member of gymnastics team. Commissioned in the infantry. 1963-65 – Enlisted Service, U.S. Army, Special Forces qualified. Honor graduate U.S. Army Ranger School.


Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Richmond School of Law.


Leadership and Civic Involvement - Past President, West Point Society of East Tennessee. Executive Committee Member for the Congressional Medal of Honor Convention 2014. Fellow, Tennessee Bar Foundation Fellow, Knoxville Bar Foundation


Personal Interests - John competed and took first place in his age group in an Ironman triathlon. He is a private pilot who loves reading, military history, mountain climbing, hiking, biking and personal fitness. Those personal interests, however, are frequently subordinated to his favorite past times of cross examining expert witnesses and trying cases.

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