An astute and experienced trial lawyer, Nicole Jennings Wade is a partner at L. Lin Wood, P.C. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, she handles a variety of litigation, representing businesses and individuals throughout the country. For over 20 years, she has focused her practice primarily on fiduciary litigation. She has represented individuals and institutions in trial courts and on appeal in many types of trusts and estates litigation, including claims for breaches of fiduciary duty, fraud, will contests based on competency and undue influence, contested guardianships, and will and trust construction. She has represented personal representatives of a number of high-profile estates, including the Estates of Anna Nicole Smith, Curtis Mayfield, Rankin Smith Sr., and Robert Rauschenberg, as well as the corporate Estate of Martin Luther King, Jr.
For the last 13 years, Ms. Wade also has focused her practice on defamation litigation. She has assisted numerous individuals and corporations across the country in protecting and defending their reputations through litigation or pre-litigation negotiations. Her high-profile defamation clients include Richard Jewell, John and Burke Ramsey, Jeff Greene, and Howard K. Stern. Throughout her entire 24-year legal career, Ms. Wade has handled a wide variety of commercial and business litigation disputes. In addition to being a strong advocate for her clients in the courtroom, Ms. Wade has extensive experience with alternative dispute resolution methods such as arbitration and mediation.
Ms. Wade has received a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent* rating (the highest possible rating) since 2011, for both Peer Review and the Judicial Edition, in recognition of her successful track record and superb ethics. Ms. Wade has been recognized by Georgia Super Lawyers since 2011, and she was recognized as a Georgia Rising Star from 2005-2010 (no publication in 2008). She has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America since 2015, and she has been named in the Top 1% of America’s Most Honored Professionals by American Registry since 2015. She also was included in Martindale-Hubbell’s Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers in 2013. Ms. Wade was a partner in the Atlanta office of an international law firm before joining her current firm in May 2015.
A 1995 cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, Ms. Wade is admitted to practice in Georgia. She is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Middle and Northern Districts of Georgia, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 4th and 11th Circuits, and the Supreme Court of the United States. An active participant in several legal organizations, her memberships include the Estate Planning & Probate Section of the Atlanta Bar Association and the Fiduciary Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia. She has been a regular speaker on various litigation topics throughout her career. Ms. Wade also enjoys community involvement and served on the Board of the non-profit Partnership Against Domestic Violence from 2010 through 2017, including as Chair of the Board from 2015-2017.
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Statement of L. Lin Wood and Todd McMurtry Regarding Nicholas Sandmann and The Washington Post
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 4, 2019 STATEMENT OF L. LIN WOOD and TODD MCMURTRY REGARDING NICHOLAS SANDMANN and THE WASHINGTON POST In a span of 3 days beginning on January 19, The Washington Post rushed to claim leadership of a mainstream and social media mob of bullies who falsely attacked, vilified and threatened Nicholas Sandmann, an innocent 16-year old boy. Late last Friday evening, 41 days after it launched its false attacks on a minor, the Post published an Editor’s Note and delivered to Nicholas’ lawyers a letter from its General Counsel, Jay Kennedy. With its unlimited financial resources, the Post likely spent tens of thousands of dollars on media defense lawyers to publicly parse and spin its false coverage in an effort to avoid accountability and limit its legal responsibility for its wrongdoing. The Post’s efforts were too little and too late. The Friday night efforts by the Post to whitewash its wrongdoing were untimely, grossly insufficient and did little more than perpetuate the lies it published – lies that will haunt and adversely impact Nicholas for the rest of his life. The Post ignored its own culpability and wrongdoing. Mr. Kennedy’s letter stated that the Post “provided accurate coverage.” It did not and its belated public relations efforts change nothing and fool no one. The Post made no effort to retract and correct the lies it published. The Post did not have the integrity to unequivocally admit its negligent and reckless violations of fundamental journalistic standards documented by its complete failure to investigate the incident at the National Mall before publishing lies about a child. One need only review the Post’s published list of its own Policies and Standards at https://www.washingtonpost.com/policies-and-standards/?utm_term=.ec515ec8b6aato find violation after violation after violation. The Post did not have the character to apologize to Nicholas and seek his forgiveness. Highlighting its arrogance and lack of contrition, the Post announced its “deletion” of one of its false and defamatory tweets about the incident and Nicholas by re-posting the tweet so that its lies will also forever remain available on the Internet and in social media. False accusations against an adult destroy a lifetime of accomplishments. False accusations against children forever rob them of their inherent right to define their lives for themselves and force them to suffer a life tainted and damaged by the permanent shadow of the lies. Last Friday night the Post made clear that it has learned no lesson and remains willing in the future to falsely attack others to further its political agenda, including false attacks on children. The Post has now double-downed on its lies. As Nicholas’s lawyers, we will now double down on truth and aggressively continue our legal efforts to hold the Post accountable and obtain justice for Nicholas in a court of law.
Lin Wood Goes to Bat for Families of JonBenét Ramsey, Natalee Holloway
Atlanta libel lawyer L. Lin Wood said he notched a settlement against one television network and a preliminary win against another over TV specials featuring unsolved crimes—cases that he said should serve as a warning to other media companies. In civil cases associated with two of the most sensational unsolved crime mysteries of the past two decades, Wood on Jan. 4 consummated a settlement agreement in a $750 million defamation case against CBS and on Jan. 7 secured a favorable ruling from an Alabama judge who refused to dismiss a fraud and outrage case against cable crime network Oxygen Media.
Inside John Ramsey’s CBS Lawsuit Over Brother-Killed-JonBenét Show
John Ramsey, father of JonBenét Ramsey, who was murdered in her Boulder home on Christmas Day 1996, has filed a $350 million lawsuit against CBS and assorted individuals associated with The Case of: JonBenét Ramsey, a 2016 docuseries in which a panel of experts concluded that Burke Ramsey, JonBenét's brother, killed his sister with a blow to the head. In an interview on view below, Atlanta-based attorney Lin Wood, who also represents Burke in a similar complaint filed late last year, maintains that the suit isn't specifically intended to prevent news organizations from making such claims in the future, but he's fine if it has that effect.
JonBenét Ramsey Murder Claim Suit: Burke’s Lawyer Rips CBS’s Call to Dismiss
CBS has formally asked a court to dismiss a lawsuit filed on behalf of Burke Ramsey over a 2016 docuseries in which a team of analysts concluded that , in their Boulder home on Christmas Day 1996. In response, Ramsey family attorney Lin Wood summarily rejects the arguments made by CBS and Dr. Werner Spitz, a participant in the docuseries being sued separately for comments he made last September during a WWJ-AM/CBS Detroit interview publicizing the program.
Jon Benet Ramsey’s brother files $150M defamation lawsuit in Detroit (updated)
A new lawsuit involving the murder of Jon Benet Ramsey has made its way to Detroit. It's still an unsolved mystery that has captivated the country for years. Now the brother of Jon Benet is suing a forensic expert and CBS over a recent documentary - and the case is being heard right here in Detroit. Burke Ramsey, 30, is suing local yet world-renowned forensic pathologist Werner Spitz, accusing him of defamation in a $150 million dollar lawsuit. Ramsey's attorney Lin Wood noted his client has never been charged and was cleared by a grand jury, and won prior defamation lawsuits against tabloids that accused Burke of killing his sister.
Burke Ramsey v. CBS, et al.
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Burke Ramsey, JonBenét’s brother, sues CBS in $750 million slander suit
The brother of JonBenét Ramsey has filed a lawsuit seeking $750 million against CBS Corp., saying the broadcast company produced a fraudulent documentary that slandered him by accusing him of striking and killing his sister with a flashlight in 1996. Burke Ramsey’s lawsuit was filed Wednesday in 3rd Circuit Court in Wayne County, Mich., by Atlanta attorney Lin Wood on Ramsey’s behalf. It claims CBS slandered him during a prime-time, four-hour documentary Sept. 18-19.
JonBenét Ramsey’s brother sues investigator for $150 million over allegations he killed his sister
Burke Ramsey is suing Dr. Werner Spitz, one of the investigators from CBS's recent JonBenét Ramsey documentary special, for defamation. According to court papers obtained by Business Insider, Burke is suing Spitz for stating that Burke killed his younger sister, JonBenét, during a radio interview with CBS Detroit — not for his participation in the televised CBS special.
Florida Opens Probe Into How Orlando Shooter Mateen Got Gun License
Florida officials told NBC News that authorities are now investigating how Orlando shooter Omar Mateen passed his psychological test to become a security guard, after the doctor whose name appears on his application said she never evaluated him. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the state agency responsible for issuing gun permits, approved Mateen for a Class G firearms license after he passed a character certification. On Saturday NBC News reported that Dr. Carol Nudelman, the psychologist whose name appears on Mateen's gun permit, says she never administered or graded any psychological test for him. Mateen received his certification in 2007, but Nudelman said that by then she had already sold her practice and stopped conducting tests for Wackenhut, the security firm that hired Mateen.
Attorney disputes local woman evaluated Orlando shooter
The Snowmass Village woman named in a state of Florida record as having administered a psychological exam to the man who shot 49 people to death in Orlando has hired an attorney who says that record is false. The name of Carol Nudelman, a retired psychologist from Miami whose last name is now Blumberg, appears on a certification form on file with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ licensing division. The form is called a temporary class G license agency character certification. It verified, through a psychological test supposedly administered on Sept. 6, 2007, that Omar Mateen was mentally and emotionally stable enough to be able to carry concealed weapons.
Fulton County Judge Declines to Rule in Dispute Over MLK Bible, Nobel
An ownership dispute over the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Nobel Peace Prize and traveling Bible is one step closer to trial. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney declined to rule Thursday in the dispute over the two items that has effectively pitted King's two sons against his daughter. That means the case will likely go to trial unless the parties reach a settlement. King's estate, which is controlled by his two sons, in January 2014 asked a judge to order their sister to surrender the items. In a board of directors meeting that month Martin Luther King III and Dexter Scott King voted 2-1 against Bernice King to sell the two artifacts to a private buyer.
Horse Whose Owners Sued USDA Wins Championship
Armed with a court order, a champion Tennessee Walking Horse barred from horse show competitions by government inspectors since 2013 last weekend entered—and won first place—in the Columbia Tennessee Spring Jubilee championship stakes, his owners' lawyer said. Honors, widely known as "the Secretariat of Tennessee Walking Horses," was "like Muhammad Ali," said Atlanta attorney Lin Wood, who represents horse owners Keith and Dan McSwain. "On Saturday night, he floated like a butterfly. He came back from government-imposed exile and returned a champion." Honors won the blue ribbon in the Championship Stakes at the Jubilee, one of the larger competitions for Tennessee Walkers.
Ruling Bars USDA Vets From Keeping Tennessee Walker Out Of Show Ring
The Georgia owners of a champion Tennessee Walking Horse disqualified from several major competitions are preparing the horse for future shows armed with a new ruling from a federal judge in Gainesville. U.S. District Judge Richard Story on Wednesday granted a preliminary injunction to Keith and Dan McSwain, the owners of Honors, known widely as "the Secretariat of Tennessee Walking Horses." Story issued the injunction in a suit challenging the U.S. Department of Agriculture's enforcement of a 45-year-old federal law intended to shield horses from intentional injury. The judge's injunction, for now, bars USDA veterinary inspectors from disqualifying Honors from future competitions without first holding a hearing at which the McSwains may challenge the grounds for disqualification. Story's ruling is limited to Honors. It does not extend to the Tennessee Walking Horse industry at large.
Dispute Over MLK Bible, Nobel Prize Headed for Mediation
A legal battle over the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s traveling Bible and 1964 Nobel Peace Prize is headed for court-ordered mediation, and lawyers for both sides said Wednesday they hope for a lasting resolution to issues that have long divided the civil rights icon's heirs. The three surviving King children — Martin Luther King III, Dexter Scott King and the Rev. Bernice King — are the sole shareholders and directors of the Martin Luther King Jr. Estate Inc. In January 2014, Martin and Dexter voted 2-1 against Bernice to sell their father's peace prize medal and traveling Bible to an unnamed private buyer.
MLK’s son: Ownership of Bible, Nobel prize is only issue
ATLANTA — One of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s sons declined to say Tuesday whether his father’s 1964 Nobel Peace Prize medal and traveling Bible would be sold if a judge rules they belong to the civil rights icon’s estate. The estate of Martin Luther King Jr. Inc., which is controlled by his sons, asked a judge last year to order King’s daughter to surrender the items. King’s three surviving children are the sole shareholders and directors of the estate. In a board of directors meeting a year ago, Martin Luther King III and Dexter Scott King voted 2-1 against Bernice King to sell the artifacts to an unnamed private buyer.
Why Martin Luther King Jr.’s Nobel Peace Prize is sitting in a safe deposit box
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. He also had a traveling Bible, the one that President Obama used when he was sworn in for a second term. Neither of these items is currently in the possession of any of King’s children. Neither of them is on display at the King Center, a memorial and nonprofit in Atlanta, or at any other museum. Instead, they are where they have been for nearly a year: Sitting in a safe deposit box in a bank, hidden from the public, as King’s children continue their latest legal fight.
Legal feud among Martin Luther King’s children on display in court
A family feud among the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s children was on display in an Atlanta courtroom Tuesday as his heirs sparred over who owns his personal Bible and Nobel Peace Prize medal. Martin Luther King III and Dexter Scott King want to sell their father’s prized belongings to a private buyer. They contend that their sister, Bernice Albertine King, “secreted and sequestered” the items in violation of a 1995 agreement that gave the for-profit Estate of Martin Luther King Jr. Inc. ownership of all their father’s property.
An Aggressive and Passionate Defense: SunTrust Banks, Inc.
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