Darren Wagner
Darren Wagner
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Darren Wagner is an articling student in our Edmonton office. He earned his law degree after a productive academic career as a historian of medicine, science, and technology. With ample experience in research, analysis, and writing, Darren excels at analyzing complicated problems and articulating clear, effective solutions.

Darren joined Field following a clerkship with the Court of King’s Bench of Alberta. He completed his law degree at the University of Alberta, where he volunteered with Student Legal Services and worked with Prof. Timothy Caulfield at the Health Law Institute, researching and publishing on bioethics, science communications, and health policy. At law school, he received the Bereskin & Parr LLP Prize in Intellectual Property Law; R John Adams and Agnes M Adams Prize for Research in Current Oil and Gas Issues; the Alberta Law Review’s William Morrow Essay Prize for Notes & Case Comments; and, as a team member, first prize at Georgetown Law’s Iron Tech Lawyer Invitational.

Before turning to law, Darren completed a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, a master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies (reproductive biology and English literature), and a doctorate in the history of medicine. He held two postdoctoral fellowships at McGill University, where he researched and taught in the Faculty of Medicine. He also held an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship to research at the Charité – Berlin University of Medicine and several visiting fellowships, including at the University of Glasgow and the University of Oxford. Outside of academia, he has worked in a range of industries—from oilfield services and farming to food services and tree planting.

Value to Clients

"I offer clients my expertise in research, writing, and analysis for crafting incisive and effective solutions.”

Outside the Office

To offset his gourmand indulgences, Darren enjoys running, hiking, canoeing, and gardening in the summer; recreational curling and Nordic skiing in the winter; and travelling in all seasons.

Edmonton Historical Board and Historical Plaques Committee
Lawyers Curling League

Darren has several peer-reviewed publications, including articles, chapters, a co-edited book, and a co-edited journal volume.

His recent publications in ethics, law, and health policy include:

“The Rule of Rescue in the Era of Precision Medicine, HLA Eplet Matching, and Organ Allocation,” Canadian Journal of Bioethics, 2023: co-authors BM Murdoch, S Sandal, K Sherwood.

“The Broken Promise Doctrine: AstraZeneca Canada Inc. v. Apotex Inc. and the Future of Pharmaceutical Patents,” Appeal: Review of Current Law and Law Reform, 2022.

“Analyzing Online Public Commentary Responding to the Announcement of Deemed Consent Organ Donation Legislation in the Canadian Province of Nova Scotia,” PLoS ONE, 2022: co-authors AR Marcon, C Rachul, MJ Weiss.

“Web-Based Perspectives of Deemed Consent Organ Donation Legislation in Nova Scotia: Thematic Analysis of Commentary in Facebook Groups,” Journal of Medical Internet Research: Infodemiology, 2022: co-authors AR Marcon, C Giles, C Isenor.

“‘Immune Boosting’ in the Time of COVID: Selling Immunity on Instagram,” Allergy, Asthma & Clinical Immunology, 2020: co-authors AR Marcon, T Caulfield.

University of Alberta, 2022, Juris Doctor, with Distinction
University of York, 2014, Doctor of Philosophy
University of Saskatchewan, 2009, Master of Arts, Graduate Thesis Award
University of Alberta, 2007, Bachelor of Science, Biology, with Distinction