David Wade

David Wade

Title: In-House Counsel
Company: Douglas County Individual Practice Association, Inc.
Location: Eugene, Oregon, United States

David Wade, In-House Counsel at Douglas County Individual Practice Association Inc., has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in corporate law.

Inspired to pursue law after watching “The Defenders,” Mr. Wade desired to help people in their most vulnerable times through the power of the law. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College in 1973 and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Harvard Law School in 1976, both cum laude. While in law school, he took trial practice from a very famous lawyer and he showed them how to cross-examine witnesses, a skill he was itching to learn for years. Admitted to practice in New York and Oregon since 1982 and 1993, he also certified before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Today, Mr. Wade excels as an in-house counsel for the Douglas County Individual Practice Association in Oregon, a role he has held since 2018.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Wade was a shareholder for David Wade, Attorney P.C. from 2016 to 2018, McCleery & Wade in 2015 and 2016 and Doyle Gartland Nelson McCleery & Wade from 1996 to 2015. Before working as an adjunct associate professor at the University of Oregon Law School from 2005 to 2009, he offered his services to Doyle Gartland Nelson & McCleery and a private practice between 1993 and 1995. From 1987 to 1992, Mr. Wade was a partner at Hoecker McMahon & Wade and judge pro tempore of the small claims division for the Los Angeles Municipal Court. Additionally, he was an associate at John Doar Law Offices from 1981 to 1985 and a staff attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. from 1977 to 1981. He commenced his career gaining experience as a law clerk to Judge James McMillan of the U.S. District Court to the Western District of North Carolina in 1976.

Renowned for his illustrious success, Mr. Wade is backed by a Martindale-Hubbell AV rating and was named to America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators in 2018. He attributes his success to his brother, Simeon, who he describes as a world-class intellectual and his lifelong mentor. He also credits John Door, Jason Miller and Larry Tribe for teaching him the ways of the industry. To attest to his prowess he is the president-elect of the Oregon State Bar, having previously flourished as chair of the budget and finance committee and chair of the poly and governance committee. Likewise, he has also served as president of the Metropolitan Rotary Club, Lane County Legal Aid Service Board and Maude Kerns Art Center. Notably, Mr. Wade can also be found in the seventh and 15th editions of Who’s Who in American Law. In his spare time, he enjoys art, music, personal training and desserts.

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