Nicole Jennings Wade


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  • Education

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

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

    • State Bar of Georgia
    • Fiduciary Law Section, Legislation Committee (2016-2018)
    • General Practice & Trial Section
    • Atlanta Bar Association
    • Estate Planning and Probate Section
    • 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 Super Lawyers (2011-2019)
    • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent* Peer Review rating and Judicial Edition rating (2011-2019)
    • America's Most Honored Professionals, Top 1%, American Registry (2015-2019)
    • Best Lawyers in America (Commercial Litigation) (2015-2018)
    • Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers (2013)
    • Georgia Rising Star (2005-2007, 2009-2010) (no publication in 2008)
    • Georgia Legal Elite (Taxes, Estates & Trusts), Georgia Legal Trend (2007)
    • Avvo rating 10.0
    • Atlanta Bar Foundation, Lifetime Fellow
    • Partnership Against Domestic Violence
    • Board of Directors (2010-2017)
    • Board Chair (2015-2017)
    • Vice Chair (2013-2015)
    • Chair, Governance Committee (2012-2015)
    • University of Michigan Alumni Club of Atlanta
    • Board of Directors, Board Member (2013-2015)
  • 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.