Wade E. Byrd

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Fayetteville, NC

Law Offices of Wade E. Byrd, P.A.
 | 232 Person Street, PO Drawer 2797
Fayetteville, NC 28302
Phone: 910-323-2555
Fax: 910-323-9694
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1973
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

The principal attorney at his own firm in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Wade E. Byrd provides skilled representation to clients throughout the state. Focusing his practice exclusively on personal injury and wrongful death litigation, he assists those who have suffered harm by the negligence of other people or entities. The types of cases that Mr. Byrd has extensive experience in include medical malpractice, premises liability, defective products, motor vehicle collisions and other similar matters.

Mr. Byrd has been quite successful in obtaining high-dollar settlements and jury awards for his clients. In one instance, a client who was left a quadriplegic as a result of hospital negligence received a $15 million settlement while, in another, a jury awarded $3.5 million to the family of an infant who had suffered permanent brain damage. These and other outcomes have caught the attention of Mr. Byrd's fellow professionals. He has been awarded an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell, and he has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America.

Mr. Byrd holds his legal degree from Wake Forest University School of Law, where he served on the Moot Court before being awarded his Juris Doctor in 1973. Before entering private practice in 1977, he worked for the Cumberland County District Attorney's Office in Fayetteville, where he was first an assistant district attorney and then the senior trial assistant. Admitted to practice before all North Carolina state courts, Mr. Byrd is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States. He is a member of the American Association for Justice and several other legal organizations.

*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

Personal Injury - General (40%)

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (40%)

Civil Litigation (10%)

Personal Injury - Products (10%)

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 13 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2020

Certificates and Credentials

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About Wade Byrd

Admitted: 1973, North Carolina

Professional Webpage: http://www.wadebyrdlaw.com/About/Wade-E-Byrd.shtml

Honors/Awards:

  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Methodist College Outstanding Alumnus of the Year, 2001
  • 2014 Tier 1 Best Law Firm, U.S. News and Best Lawyers
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • Outstanding President, Fayetteville Kiwanis Club
  • International Society of Barristers
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Supporting Fellow, The Roscoe Pound Foundation

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • North Carolina, 1973
  • Member, International Society of Barristers
  • Honorary Member, Key Club, International
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1999
  • Member, Board of Governors, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1999 - 2000
  • President-Elect, Wake Forest University Law Alumni Council, 2002 - 2003
  • Sustaining Member, American Association for Justice
  • President, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1996 - 1997
  • Member, AAJ List Advisory Committee, American Association for Justice, 1998 - 1999
  • Co-Chair, Committee on Political Action, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1992 - 1994
  • Member, Committee on Bar Liaison, American Association for Justice, 1996 - 1999
  • Member, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
  • Member, Cumberland County Bar Association
  • Honorary Member, Key Club, International
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1982
  • Chair, Committee on Political Action, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1999 - 2000
  • Member, Wake Forest University Law Alumni Council, 1998 - Present
  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Immediate Past President, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1997 - 1998
  • Member, Committee on Key Persons, American Association for Justice, 1998 - 1999
  • Legislative Vice-President, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1992 - 1995
  • Member, Committee on Elections, American Association for Justice, 1997 - 1999
  • Member, North Carolina State Bar
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Civil Justice Foundation, 1997 - 2000
  • Member, Board of Directors, Fayetteville Academy, 1986 - 1988
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of North Carolina, 1978
  • Chair, Committee on Endowment, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1999 - 2000
  • Chair, Lawyers Division, United Way-Cumberland County, 1997 - 1998
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Legislative Committee, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1998 - 1999
  • State Delegate, American Association for Justice, 1999 - 2000
  • President Elect, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1995 - 1996
  • Member, PAC Task Force, American Association for Justice, 1998 - 1999
  • Trustee, Committee on Political Action, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Member, Council of Presidents, American Association for Justice, 1996 - 1997
  • Chairman, Board of Directors, Fayetteville Academy, 1988 - 1991

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Wake Forest University Deacon Club, Member
  • Fayetteville Kiwanis Club, Outstanding President, 1984 - 1985
  • Fayetteville Kiwanis Club, Member
  • Wake Forest University President's Club, Member

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • National College of Advocacy: Dynamic Demonstrative Evidence, Association of Trail Lawyers of America, February 7, 1997
  • 33rd Annual Convention: Send-Off Address as Outgoing President, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1997
  • Seminar Speaker - Jury Selection Demonstration: Picking the Jury, Hillsboro/Wilmington, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1997
  • Seminar Speaker: Summation by the Masters, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1997
  • Medical Negligence: Examination of the Medical Expert: For the Plaintiff, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1997
  • Legal Issues: 1998 Update, ECU School of Medicine 20th Annual Health Law Forum (CME), September 16, 1998
  • Personal Injury Case: Jury Selection, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1998
  • Effectively Handling Wrongful Death Cases: Opening Statements & Closing Arguments, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1999
  • Medicine on Trial: Experts, The Bar & The Bench on Hot Topics In Medical Evidence, Autopsies as Evidence: Cross-Examining the Medical Examiner, North Carolina Bar Foundation, May 26, 1999
  • Overcoming Juror Bias: Overcoming Juror Biases in Jury Selection, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2003
  • Civil Procedure Seminar: Trial and Judgment, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2003
  • In the Wake of Haslip: Punitive Damage Jury Instructions and Post-Verdict Reviews of Awards in North Carolina, Vol. 24 Trial Briefs No. 3
  • Dealing With Juries: To Use or Not To Use an Expert and Alternatives to Hiring an Expert, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1989
  • Mediation and Settlement: Conducting the Mediation, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2003
  • Program Chair, Insurance Law, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1990
  • Advanced Personal Injury Law: Demonstrative Evidence, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1990
  • Practical Trial Skills: Making the Most of Exhibits in Civil and Criminal Cases, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1990
  • Professional Negligence: Discovery and Proof of the Applicable Standard of Care, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1990
  • Practical Trial Skills, Making the Most of Exhibits in Civil and Criminal Cases, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1991
  • Damages: Economics of Catastrophic Injuries, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1991
  • Personal Injury Law: THE SLAM DUNK: Winning Opening Statements, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1992
  • Practical Trial Skills: Making the Most of Exhibits in Civil and Criminal Cases, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1992
  • Trial Advocacy Clinic: GENERAL SESSION: Exhibits and Demonstrative Evidence, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1992
  • Program Chair, Two Hot Topics: Punitive Damages in NC and Winning at Mediation, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1993
  • Practical Trial Skills: Making the Most of Exhibits in Civil and Criminal Cases, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1993
  • Expert Witnesses: Medical Witnesses in Medical Malpractice Cases, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1993
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution: Simulated Mediation of a Products Liability Case, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1995
  • Wrongful Death: Closing Argument: For the Plaintiff, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1995
  • Litigating and Recovering Punitive Damages: Shouldering the New Burdens of Proof to Obtain Punitives, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1995
  • National College of Advocacy: Dynamic Demonstrative Evidence, American Association for Justice, February 9, 1996
  • Seminar Speaker: All-Star Trial of a Civil Case, North Carolina Bar Foundation, March 29, 1996
  • Medical Malpractice: Pre-Screening and Case Selections: Which Frogs are Really Princes?, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1996
  • The People's Choice Seminar: Winning Wrongful Death Closing Arguments, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1996
  • 32nd Annual Convention: Jury Selection Demonstration; Send-Off Address as Incoming President, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1996

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Robeson County: $17 million bifurcated verdict involving a high-speed rear-end collision caused by a tractor-trailer driver that resulted in the wrongful death of a truck driver ($13 million) and the permanent brain injury of a bobtail truck driver ($4 million), 2017
  • Gaston County: $10.75 million settlement with physicians and hospital in case involving an infant that had suffered permanent brain injuries at birth
  • $7 million in damages awarded to the family of a Chocowinity woman who died in June 1997 from blood clots that arose shortly after she switched from shots to pills for her birth control
  • Confidential settlement in 2001: $3.25 million for the wrongful death of a 46 year-old husband and father of 4 children who died due to a failure to see and appreciate a brain aneurysm by a radiologist performing an MRA (Magnetic Resonance Angiogram)
  • Macon County: $800,000 wrongful death verdict in case involving throat cancer
  • Confidential settlement in 1996: $12.5 million involving a suicide
  • Guilford County: $7.1 million verdict represented the first medical malpractice verdict ever in Guilford County, the highest medical malpractice verdict in North Carolina, at the time, and the second highest punitive damages verdict in the state
  • Cumberland County: $3.5 million verdict involving an infant that had suffered permanent brain injuries
  • Cumberland County: $1.5 million settlement in a car accident involving a 31 year-old wife and mother of 2 children which resulted in a closed-head injury and permanent brain damage
  • Confidential settlement in 2001: $15.0 million involving a 38 year-old African American male who was left a ventilator dependant quadriplegic as a result of his neck being broken during an intubation
  • Mecklenburg County: $8.1 million wrongful death verdict in case involving an outpatient suicide. This represents the highest verdict in the United States in a suicide case
  • Confidential settlement in 2001: $4.5 million involving a child who suffered significant brain injury as a result of the medical treatment received for a heart condition
  • Confidential settlement in 2002: $2.3 million for the wrongful death of a 38 year-old, wife and mother of 2 children who died following a routine thyroidectomy

Educational Background:

  • Methodist College, Fayetteville, North Carolina, B.A. Major: Political Science, 1970
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Office Location for Wade E. Byrd

232 Person Street
PO Drawer 2797
Fayetteville, NC 28302

Phone: 910-323-2555

Fax: 910-323-9694

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Last Updated: 10/21/2019

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