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Joseph Wager

  • Partner



Rated By Super Lawyers Joseph Mark Wager, Jr. Selected In 2023 Thomson Reuters

Joe joins MWSS+ with years of litigation experience predominately as counsel for a Fortune 500 insurance company. Joe brings an aggressive mentality to MWSS+ with experience representing clients in personal injury, premises liability, property damage, construction defect, workers compensation, fire losses, consumer and creditor rights, and tax controversy. Joe has appeared in numerous venues all over Idaho and has successfully argued cases before the Supreme Court of Idaho.

Joe honed his golf game while attending California State University, San Marcos.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and completed his capstone project on predicting political outcome through a statistical analysis of campaign contributions.  Joe is a proud Gonzaga basketball fan being a graduate of Gonzaga University School of Law.  He focused his legal education in Uniform Commercial Code, bankruptcy, and taxation courses.  Joe was a legal intern for the Gonzaga Federal Tax Clinic, serving as the Research Assistant for the clinic’s director during his second and third years in law school.  Joe’s briefing before the U.S. Tax Court was instrumental in obtaining an abatement of substantial tax penalties for a small business client. 

As the son of a United States Navy Veteran, Joe grew up primarily in San Diego, California and has lived in six different states.  Joe enjoys spending time with his family, traveling to new places, cheering for Gonzaga basketball and is a single-digit handicap golfer.

Areas Of Practice

  • Construction Law
  • Employment Law
  • Personal Injury Law
  • Real Estate Law

Bar Admissions

  • Idaho, 2011


  • Gonzaga University School of Law, Spokane, Washington
    • J.D. - 2010
  • CSU San Marcos, San Marcos, California
    • B.A. - 2006
    • Major: Political Science

Classes / Seminars

  • Attorney Fees under Idaho Code 12-120, Claims Conference, 2018
  • Workers Compensation Case Review, Annual WC Conference, 2015
  • Idaho Law Outline, Liberty Mutual Wiki Project, 2014
  • Offer-in-Compromise and Collection Alternatives, Tax Controversy, 2012
  • Earned Income Tax Credit Seminar, Gonzaga Federal Tax Clinic, 2010
  • Taxpayer Identification Numbers of Non-Citizens, Gonzaga Federal Tax Clinic, 2010

Honors and Awards

  • International Sports and Entertainment Law, London, 2008
  • Merit Scholarship, Gonzaga University School of Law

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Defense Research Institute, Member, 2013 to 2017
  • Idaho Association of Defense Counsel, Member, 2013 to 2017

Past Employment Positions

  • Farm Bureau Insurance of Idaho, Litigation Attorney, 2017 to 2018
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., Litigation Attorney, 2013 to 2017

Pro Bono Activities

  • Construction Leadership Counsel, Idaho Associated General Contractors
  • The First Tee of Idaho, Volunteer