Nicole Jennings Wade


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    Direct: 404.891.1403

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    Chelsea Haney

  • Education

    • University of Michigan, J.D., cum laude, 1995
    • Vanderbilt University, B.A., cum laude, 1992
  • Admitted to Practice

    • Georgia, 1995
    • United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
    • United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
    • United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth and Eleventh Circuits
    • United States Supreme Court
  • Professional Affiliations & Memberships

    • Atlanta Bar Association
    • Estate Planning and Probate Section
    • Litigation Section
    • State Bar of Georgia
    • Fiduciary Law Section, Legislation Committee
    • General Practice & Trial Section
    • American Bar Association —Litigation Section
    • Bleckley Inn of Court —Barrister (2001-2003)
    • State Bar of Georgia Younger Lawyers Division
    • MCLE and Trial Credit Assistance Committee, Chair (1999-2000)
    • Subcommittee on Development of the High School Mock Trial Committee, Chair (1998-1999)
  • Civic Involvement, Honors and Awards

    • Georgia’s Top Rated Lawyers of 2015
    • Best Lawyers in America (2015)
    • Georgia Super Lawyer (2011-2017)
    • Georgia Legal Elite (Taxes, Estates & Trusts, 2007)
    • Georgia Rising Star (2005-2007, 2009-2010) (no publication in 2008)
    • Partnership Against Domestic Violence
    • Board of Directors (2010-present)
    • Chair (2015-present)
    • Vice Chair (2013-2015)
    • Chair Governance Committee (2012-2015)
    • University of Michigan Alumni Club of Atlanta
    • Board of Directors (2013-present)
  • Nicole Jennings Wade practices civil litigation, with an emphasis on fiduciary litigation, trust and estate litigation, defamation litigation and general commercial litigation. Ms. Wade represents financial institutions and individuals in a wide range of fiduciary litigation, including breach of fiduciary duty actions, fraud claims, will caveats, will and trust construction cases, competency claims, actions for removal of trustees and executors, and contested guardianship hearings.

    She regularly represents financial institutions, including several national banks listed in the Fortune 500, in connection with fiduciary and trust litigation, and she has managed fiduciary cases through trial and the appellate process. Ms. Wade has served as a speaker and panelist on fiduciary litigation issues at the Fiduciary Law Institute, the Estate Planning Institute, and the fiduciary litigation seminar sponsored by ALI-ABA. She frequently teaches seminars for institutional fiduciaries on preventing and managing fiduciary litigation.

    Ms. Wade also has experience litigating a wide variety of general commercial and tort cases including class actions. She has represented corporations and individuals in simple breach of contract cases, as well as more complex cases involving claims of malicious prosecution, Section 1983 violations of Constitutional rights, and federal and state RICO violations. She also has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in several high-profile First Amendment cases and appeals.

    Ms. Wade has been involved in jury trials and bench trials in various state and federal courts. She has resolved numerous cases through alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration and mediation. Ms. Wade also has a significant appellate practice. She has handled appeals in state and federal appellate courts at every level, and she has successfully argued appeals in both the Georgia Court of Appeals and the Georgia Supreme Court.