Janell Wagner is available to assist with all your Mitigation and Sentencing investigations.

Capital case defense attorneys have a duty to conduct a thorough investigation of possible mitigating evidence in every death penalty case.1 This responsibility, in large part, is met with the assistance of an expert mitigation specialist, also known as an Expert Mitigation Investigator.

Ms. Wagner is an experienced and formally trained investigator who holds degrees in the 3 most recommended  areas for a Mitigation Specialist, a Bachelors Degree  in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology, and a second Bachelors Degree in Sociology, graduating Summa Cum Laude From Central Washington University, in 1986 and receiving her second BA in 1987. In addition she received training as a professional investigator at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center while employed with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General as a Criminal Investigator/Special Agent. She has worked with  diverse populations and subject matter in her 20 years of conducting investigations.

This special set of skills and training allows her to approach her cases with both the skills necessary  to conduct a thorough and legal background investigation for your client, as well as the social work skills needed to obtain sensitive family and client history’s.

She has attended numerous advanced training courses over the years including The  National Seminar on the Development and Integration of Mitigation Evidence conducted by the Administrative Office of the US Courts Office of Defender Services along with other Legal Conferences and training aimed specifically at gaining skills in Mitigation and Sentencing issues.


She is a current member of the following professional association’s:

National Alliance of Sentencing Advocates and Mitigation Specialists
National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
Washington Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
National Defender  Association
Washington Association of Legal Investigators

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Janell Wagner