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 (50%),
  • Media and Advertising (40%),
  • Business Litigation (10%)
Attorney Profile

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.

*AV Preeminent® is a certification mark 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 Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Estate & Trust Litigation (50%): Will Contests

Media and Advertising (40%): Defamation

Business Litigation (10%)

Focus Areas

Will Contests, Defamation


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 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

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • State Bar of Georgia
  • 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
  • State Bar of Georgia, Fiduciary Law Section, Legislation Committee, 2016-2018
  • State Bar of Georgia, General Practice & Trial Section
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Estate Planning and Probate Section
  • Atlanta Bar Association, 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

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • 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

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • "Do you like my hat? The Ethics of Lawyers Serving as Fiduciaries," State Bar of Georgia ICLE, Fiduciary Law Institute, St. Simons Island, GA, July 2018
  • "Family feud over Martin Luther King's Bible, Nobel Prize moves closer to trial,", quoted, Jun. 16, 2016
  • “Lessons from the King Estate,” Dekalb County Estate Planning Council, Atlanta, GA, March 2015
  • “The Intersection of T&E and ADR,” State Bar of Georgia ICLE, Estate Planning Institute, Athens, GA, February 2015
  • "Legal feud among Martin Luther King's children on display in court," Los Angeles Times, quoted with photograph, Jan. 13, 2015
  • "Ownership of MLK's Nobel Prize May Depend on 2009 Ruling," Fulton County Daily Report, quoted with photograph, Jan. 13, 2015
  • “Current Developments in Foreclosure and Problem Loan Collections in Georgia,” Georgia Bankers Association, 2011 Credit Conference, Atlanta, GA, October and December 2011
  • “Civil Trial Strategy: 5 Tips for Making Your Best Case,” State Bar of Georgia ICLE, Successful Trial Practice, Atlanta, GA, September 2011
  • “Recent Trends in Fiduciary Litigation,” State Bar of Georgia ICLE, Fiduciary Law Institute, St. Simons Island, GA, July 2011
  • “The Modern Estate Planning Lawyer,” Probate & Property, ABA Publication, co-author, November/ December 2008
  • “The 10 Commandments for Minimizing Litigation,” Breakfast Briefing, Atlanta, GA, August 2007
  • “An Aggressive and Passionate Defense,” Counsel to Counsel, quoted and featured in cover story, July 2007
  • “Plaintiff Quits SunTrust Suit,” Fulton County Daily Report, quoted, March 2007
  • “The Flexible Income Act and Other Fiduciary Matters,” State Bar of Georgia ICLE, Fiduciary Law Institute, St. Simons Island, GA, July 2006
  • “Making Waivers Work: Disclosure vs. Intelligibility,” ALI-ABA, Representing Estate and Trust Beneficiaries and Fiduciaries, Boston, MA, July 2005
  • “Your Client Just Got Hit by a Bus: Minimizing Risk in the Face of Unanticipated Consequences,” State Bar of Georgia, Estate Planning Institute, Athens, GA, February 2004
  • “Preventing and Managing Fiduciary Litigation,” State Bar of Georgia ICLE, Fiduciary Law Institute, St. Simons Island, GA, July 2000
  • “Sick Building Syndrome: Who Foots the Bill?” The Practical Real Estate Lawyer, co-author, May 1998

Educational Background:

  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1995
  • Vanderbilt University, B.A., cum laude, 1992
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1180 West Peachtree Street
Suite 2040
Atlanta, GA 30309

Phone: 404-891-1403

Fax: 404-506-9111

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