Steven M. Wagner

Counsel Chicago
steven.wagner dbr.com
Phone: (312) 569-1216 (312) 569-1216
Fax: (312) 569-3216

About

Steven M. Wagner counsels clients on corporate trust matters for financial institutions. He represents clients in new trust indenture, escrow and agency agreements and services for existing relationships, including regulatory and compliance matters, and bankruptcy and restructurings. Steve has extensive experience dealing with the legal, regulatory and administrative aspects of the corporate trust business.

Steve was previously vice president and assistant general counsel with J.P. Morgan Trust Company, National Association and senior counsel with Bank One Corporation. His background in the banking industry gives him a unique perspective and makes him an asset to the corporate restructuring practice.

Steve has served on several projects related to corporate trust matters for the American Bar
Association and the American Bankers Association, and has presented to clients and industry groups on various corporate trust topics.

Experience

Some of Steve’s publications include:

  • American Bar Association, Committee on Trust Indentures and Indenture Trustees, Revised Model Simplified Indenture, 55 The Business Lawyer 1115 (2000);
  • American Bar Association, Committee on Trust Indentures and Indenture Trustees, Model Negotiated Covenants and Related Definitions, 61 The Business Lawyer 1439 (2006);
  • Trustee Implied ‘Ministerial’ Duties Must Never Include Obligor Duties, December 2008;
  • American Bar Association, Committee on Trust Indentures and Indenture Trustees, Annotated Trust Indenture Act, 67 The Business Lawyer 977 (2012);
  • A Few Thoughts on the Fairmont General Hospital and Lower Bucks Hospital Cases and Proposals for a Better Path to Collateral Security for Bond Investors: Perfection by Operation of Law for DTC Book Entry Only Securities;
  • Part I, 12 Pratt’s Journal of Bankruptcy Law 402, 2016; and
  • Part II, 13 Pratt’s Journal of Bankruptcy Law 18, 2017.

Credentials

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Education

  • John Marshall Law School, J.D., 1979, with distinction
  • Eastern Illinois University, B.A., 1976

Organizations

  • American Bar Association, Section of Business Law, Committee on Trust Indentures and Indenture Trustees
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • Working in the Schools

Steve's Areas of Focus