Bill M. Wade: Champion of the Underdog
In the world of justice, Bill Wade pursues injustice and rights wrongs. It doesn’t get better for Bill than when he is representing an underdog. This is particularly true when he goes up against a large legal team that outnumbers him three to one. And Bill has seen a lot of underdogs over the years in his specialty areas of medical malpractice, personal injury, business litigation, construction litigation, consumer protection and class actions.
A self-described Air Force brat, Bill was born in Biloxi, Mississippi, but also spent his childhood in Montana. Early on, he had an interest in the theater, but his dad, an Air Force doctor, convinced him to pursue a professional degree, and he found his life’s work in the law. A change of heart brought him to the University Notre Dame (he had originally planned to attend Boston College) and he graduated magna cum laude. Then it was on to law school at Vanderbilt University in Memphis, where he won the 8th annual Manfred Lachs International Moot Court Competition.
Prior to joining Schwed, Adams & McGinley, Bill’s career spanned almost 20 years in Memphis. First with a large, storied law firm, followed by ten years with a joint venture specializing in medical malpractice in a jurisdiction where the defense wins over 80% of jury verdicts and personal injury with defense wins more than 95% of the time. Bill was named a Mid-South Super Lawyer Rising Star in Medical Negligence from 2009 to 2014, and in Business Litigation for 2013 and 2014.
In 2017, Bill considered a move to Arkansas, where his family has their roots. But the opportunity to join the Schwed team presented him with the ideal situation. When he’s not busy practicing law, he can be found playing his Fender guitar to relax, pursuing his love of movies and sports, uncovering the latest foodie hot spot or traveling. But for Bill, his favorite thing to do is representing the underdog, and that brings him the most satisfaction in life.