William Forgy McNagny


William Forgy McNagny



William Forgy McNagny was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on January 21, 1922. McNagny graduated from the Culver Military Academy in Culver, Indiana, before enrolling at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. After two years at Swarthmore, McNagny left to serve as an officer in the US Army. He was discharged in 1945, returned to Indiana, and enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law. McNagny received his LL.B. degree, with high distinction, membership in the Order of the Coif, first in his class, in 1947.

After law school, McNagny returned to his hometown and began to practice in the firm that would become Barrett and McNagny. McNagny career at the firm would last more than 50 years as he gained a reputation as a successful and tenacious trial lawyer. His firm called him “a commanding presence in the courtroom, a pillar of the legal profession, and a man devoted to his community and his family.” He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a Diplomat of the Indiana Defense Trial Counsels, and a member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. McNagny served as Fort Wayne's city attorney from 1952 until 1960. For many years, he served on the Indiana State Board of Law Examiners and was a past president of the group. In 1991, he received the Ralph E. Broyles Medal for "unique and significant contributions" to Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, and in 1992 he was inducted into the Indiana University School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows. In 2009, William F. McNagny was named a “Legendary Lawyer” by the Indiana Bar Foundation.


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