Craig A. Wagner

Senior Counsel

Phone: 404.261.0500

Phone Extension: 214

Email: Contact Craig Wagner

Craig Wagner is the founding partner at Wagner, Johnston & Rosenthal, P.C.  With over 40 years in practice, Craig focuses on corporate law and commercial real estate law. He helps entrepreneurs, closely held companies and real estate owners as they start, build and sell successful businesses in a variety of market segments.

In his years delivering support for business planning, strategy development, contract negotiation and business transactions, Craig has built many long-term relationships with clients and earned a reputation for excellence. He has held an AV rating by Martindale Hubbell for 30 straight years and been recognized as a Georgia Super Lawyer several times.

The son of a career military officer, Craig had no real hometown before moving to Atlanta 1976. He attended Tufts University for his undergraduate work, graduating magna cum laude, before going on to earn his J.D. at the University of Virginia where he was honored with the Order of the Coif and was on the Editorial Board of the University of Virginia Law Review. Craig has found that the legal profession offers him plentiful challenges and provides the opportunity to help clients achieve their business goals. His knack for counseling others and “reading the tea leaves” have proven to be valuable assets in both his personal and professional life.

Craig and his wife Debbie are the parents of three daughters. Craig is also a new grandfather who delights in his 3 grandchildren. Craig and Debbie serve as mentors in the 2:1 program at Buckhead Church, mentoring engaged couples in preparation for strong, lasting, God centered marriages. Craig’s hobbies include sports, working out and reading.

Representative Matters

  • Craig represented the Charlotte Hornets, an NBA basketball team, in its relocation to New Orleans. In this representation, Craig successfully negotiated an arena deal with the City of Charlotte whereby the City would build a new arena in which the Hornets would play. The Charlotte electorate voted down the financing proposal, thus necessitating the relocation of the team. Craig then negotiated the relocation of the Hornets with several cities before the team selected New Orleans as its new home. Once in New Orleans, Craig prepared and negotiated all of the key agreements necessary for the team to play in New Orleans, including the Arena Lease, television and radio contracts, sponsorship agreements and other contracts within the Arena itself
  • Craig has represented commercial borrowers in loan transactions in excess of $150 Million
  • Craig has extensive merger and acquisition experience and has represented both buyers and sellers in transactions up to $250 Million
  • Craig has represented clients in the hospitality industry in at least 30 transactions including purchases, sales and new developments of hotel properties throughout the southeastern United States
  • Craig has represented numerous corporate executives in negotiating their Employment Agreements and benefits, as well as representing executives in negotiating their Severance Agreements
  • Craig has provided general business representation to clients with annual revenues in excess of $100 Million and advised them in all aspects of their businesses
  • Craig works closely with his litigation team when necessary to protect his clients’ rights
  • Craig has extensive experience in debt workouts and has successfully represented clients in multimillion dollar workout transactions

 Martindale Hubbell’s AV Preeminent peer review rating 5/5

Practice Areas

Practice Areas

Wagner, Johnston and Rosenthal P.C. provides a range of legal services in the following areas:

  • Commercial Leasing
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Real Estate Law
  • Corporate & Finance Law
  • Corporate Governance
  • Employment Law
  • Franchise & Business Opportunity Law
  • Heathcare IT
  • International Business
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Equity & Venture Capital
  • Sports Law
  • Technology Law
  • Other Areas of Practice

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Our attorneys provide the most comprehensive legal service around. If you are an entrepreneur or small business in a bind, let us assist you. We pride ourselves in providing excellent service to our clients in a range of legal areas. With decades of experience in areas of practice from commercial law to health care and taxation, Wagner, Johnston and Rosenthal P.C. can help. Click on a name to the left to learn more about each attorney and their specialties.

Our Clients


Wagner, Johnston & Rosenthal represents a broad range of privately held businesses, executives and entrepreneurs. While a majority of the Firm’s clientele is based in the greater Atlanta area, the Firm also services clients located throughout the United States as well as in foreign countries.

The industries the Firm represents are as diverse as the economy: manufacturers and service industries, real estate developers, financial concerns, lending institutions, health care professionals and facilities, benefit consultants, software and technology developers, public service agencies, investment partnerships, travel agencies, private schools, engineering concerns, leasing companies, telecommunications concerns, hotel developers, franchisors and professional sports teams.