Bruce J. Wagner is Chair of the Family Law Practice Group at McNamee, Lochner, Titus & Williams, P.C., Albany, NY, and is a principal and shareholder in that law firm. His primary areas of practice are matrimonial law and appeals. He is a 1982 graduate of Cornell University and a 1985 graduate of Albany Law School of Union University. In September 2002, he was appointed as a Town Justice in the Town of Schodack (pronounced sko'-dak), Rensselaer County, was elected in November 2002 and re-elected in November 2006 and in November 2010. Justice Wagner is designated on a regular basis by the Administrative Judge of the Third Judicial District to serve as an Acting City Court Judge in the Criminal and Civil Parts of the City Courts of Troy, Albany, Rensselaer, Hudson and Cohoes. In November 2013, he was elected as President of the Rensselaer County Magistrates' Association, having served a prior term as President from January 2010 to January 2012, and is a member of the New York State Magistrates' Association. He is listed in the last 16 consecutive editions of The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward-White, 1999 through 2014). Based on peer voting, Mr. Wagner was named to 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2007 New York Super Lawyers- Upstate, and placed in the top 25 in the Hudson Valley balloting for all years 2007-2013. In October 2011, Mr. Wagner was named the Albany Best Lawyers Family Law Lawyer of the Year for 2012. Mr. Wagner was the subject of a profile entitled "From Constitutional Law to the Court of Appeals" in the 2011 New York-Upstate edition of Super Lawyers. From January 2005 to January 2007, he served as President of the 167 member American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, New York Chapter, which is part of a national organization of about 1,600 Certified Fellows. Mr. Wagner is also a Certified Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He is Immediate Past Chair of the 2,700 member NYSBA Family Law Section, having been elected as Chair for a 2 year term beginning in June 2010, and having previously served the section for 2 years each as Financial Officer, Secretary and Vice Chair. Mr. Wagner has served as a co-chair of the Continuing Legal Education Committee of the NYSBA Family Law Section since June 2000. Since 1998, he has been the representative from the 3rd Judicial District to the NYS Office of Court Administration Advisory Committee on Matrimonial Practice, now chaired by Hon. Sharon Townsend, Vice Dean of the NYS Judicial Institute for Matrimonial and Family Matters. He is a member of the Rensselaer County, Albany County, New York State and American Bar Associations. Mr. Wagner is a frequent lecturer and author for continuing legal and judicial education programs which have been sponsored by the Albany, Broome, Nassau, New York City, Queens, Schenectady and Westchester County Bar Associations, the NYS Bar Association, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the Appellate Division (First and Third Departments), the NYS Judicial Institute (Judicial and Court Attorney Seminars), the Association of NYS Supreme Court Justices, and other organizations. He was a member of the 2005 through 2011 local faculties for the Advanced Judicial Education Program for Town & Village Justices, and also served on the 2006 and 2007 faculties for the Basic Certification Course for newly elected Town & Village Justices. Mr. Wagner resides in Schodack with his wife and two children. He is an Assistant Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 53, Castleton; a Merit Badge Counselor for the Twin Rivers Council, Boy Scouts of America; a past Sunday School Teacher for the First United Methodist Church, East Greenbush; a past assistant coach for the East Greenbush Girls' Softball League; and currently serves as Choir Director for the First United Methodist Church and as Conductor of the Hendrick Hudson Male Chorus, East Greenbush. Mr. Wagner has been the President of the Mohawk-Hudson Male Chorus Association since 2008.