Nicole Jennings Wade

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate & Trust Litigation Attorney in Atlanta, GA

L. Lin Wood, P.C.
 | 1180 West Peachtree Street, Suite 2040
Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: 404-891-1403
Fax: 404-506-9111
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2019
Selected to Rising Stars: 2005 - 2007, 2009 - 2010
Licensed Since: 1995
Practice Areas:
  • Estate & Trust Litigation (70%),
  • Business Litigation (30%)
Attorney Profile

An astute and experienced civil litigation attorney, Nicole Jennings Wade is a partner at L. Lin Wood, P.C. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, she handles a variety of matters representing businesses and individuals throughout the country. She has focused her practice on fiduciary litigation and has handled a wide variety of cases involving disputes over trusts and estates at both the trial court and the appellate level, including 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 high profile estates, including Anna Nicole Smith, Curtis Mayfield, Rankin Smith Sr., and Robert Rauschenberg.

Ms. Wade has also focused on defamation litigation and general commercial litigation. She has represented businesses and individuals in breach of contract lawsuits as well as complex cases involving malicious prosecution allegations, Section 1983 civil rights violations and First Amendment issues. In addition to being a strong advocate for her clients in the courtroom, Ms. Wade has experience with alternative dispute resolution methods such as arbitration and mediation. She has received an AV Preeminent* peer-review rating through Martindale-Hubbell for her successful track record and superb ethics, and she has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America. Ms. Wade was a partner at 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.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Estate & Trust Litigation (70%): Will Contests

Business Litigation (30%)

Focus Areas

Will Contests


Selected to Super Lawyers for 9 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 5 years

Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2019 Rising Stars: 2005 - 2007, 2009 - 2010

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About Nicole Wade

Admitted: 1995, Georgia

Professional Webpage:


  • Georgia Rising Star, 2005-2007, 2009-2010 (no publication in 2008)
  • Georgia Legal Elite, Taxes, Estates & Trusts, 2007
  • Georgia Super Lawyer, 2011-2016
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2015
  • Georgia’s Top Rated Lawyers of 2015

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Subcommittee on Development of the High School Mock Trial Committee, Chair, 1998-1999
  • State Bar of Georgia Younger Lawyers Division, MCLE and Trial Credit Assistance Committee, Chair, 1999-2000
  • Bleckley Inn of Court —Barrister, 2001-2003
  • American Bar Association —Litigation Section
  • State Bar of Georgia, General Practice & Trial Section
  • State Bar of Georgia, Fiduciary Law Section, Legislation Committee
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Estate Planning and Probate Section
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth and Eleventh Circuits
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • Georgia, 1995

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • University of Michigan Alumni Club of Atlanta, Board of Directors, 2013-2015
  • Partnership Against Domestic Violence, Board of Directors, 2010-2017
  • Partnership Against Domestic Violence, Chair Governance Committee, 2012-2015
  • Partnership Against Domestic Violence, Vice Chair, 2013-2015
  • Partnership Against Domestic Violence, Chair, 2015-present

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Co-authored, “Sick Building Syndrome: Who Foots the Bill?”, The Practical Real Estate Lawyer, May 1998
  • “Plaintiff Quits SunTrust Suit,” Fulton County Daily Report, quoted, March 2007
  • “An Aggressive and Passionate Defense,” Counsel to Counsel, quoted and featured in cover story, July 2007
  • “The Modern Estate Planning Lawyer,” Probate & Property, co-authored with Jennifer D. Odom, November/ December 2008
  • “Preventing and Managing Fiduciary Litigation,” Fiduciary Law Institute, ICLE, St. Simons, GA, July 2000
  • “Your Client Just Got Hit by a Bus: Minimizing Risk in the Face of Unanticipated Consequences,” Estate Planning Institute, ICLE, Athens, GA, February 2004
  • “Making Waivers Work: Disclosure vs. Intelligibility,” Representing Estate and Trust Beneficiaries and Fiduciaries, ALI-ABA, Boston, MA, July 2005
  • “The Flexible Income Act and Other Fiduciary Matters,” Fiduciary Law Institute, ICLE, St. Simons, GA, July 2006
  • “The 10 Commandments for Minimizing Litigation,” Breakfast Briefing, Atlanta, GA, August 2007
  • “Recent Trends in Fiduciary Litigation,” Fiduciary Law Institute ICLE, St. Simons, GA, July 2011
  • “Civil Trial Strategy: 5 Tips for Making Your Best Case,” Successful Trial Practice ICLE, Atlanta, GA, September 2011
  • “Current Developments in Foreclosure and Problem Loan Collections in Georgia,” GBA’s 2011 Credit Conference, Atlanta, GA, October and December 2011
  • “The Intersection of T&E and ADR,” Estate Planning Institute ICLE, Athens, GA, February 2015
  • “Lessons from the King Estate,” Dekalb County Estate Planning Council, Atlanta, GA, March 2015

Educational Background:

  • Vanderbilt University, B.A., cum laude, 1992
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Office Location for Nicole Jennings Wade

1180 West Peachtree Street
Suite 2040
Atlanta, GA 30309

Phone: 404-891-1403

Fax: 404-506-9111

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Last Updated: 9/27/2018

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