Mr. Wade is a graduate of Centre College of Kentucky, with a B.S. degree in Economics and Management, and received his J.D. from Cumberland School of Law in 1986.

William R. “Bill” Wade has practiced law for over 30 years. His practice encompasses all of the Northwest Florida. He practices in the areas of Criminal Defense and Domestic Relations, with his primary practice concentrated in the area of Criminal Defense. He is a former President of the Florida Association Criminal Defense Lawyers.

He has appeared as lead counsel in over a thousand cases in Escambia County and Santa Rosa County. He has tried over one hundred criminal cases to jury verdicts and has tried hundreds of divorce related cases to final judgment.

His more than thirty years of practice has afforded him the opportunity to practice law against most of the sitting Judges in Florida’s First Judicial Circuit before they became Judges as well as having practiced in their individual court rooms afterwards. These same years of experience have permitted him to become uniquely acquainted with the prosecutors throughout the circuit. Knowing a Judge or Prosecutor does not equate to a favorable outcome but the experience gained from many years of knowing how they do things is invaluable and can only come from putting in those years. Experience is invaluable in handling any matter, both in court and before you get to court.


BS Degree in Economics, Centre College of Kentucky, 1983

JD Degree, Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, 1986

Chief Judge Cumberland School of Law Trial Advocacy Board 1985

Member of Cumberland School of Law National Trial Team 1986

Recipient of Cumberland School of Law Dean’s Leadership Certificate of Appreciation 1986

Admitted to Kentucky Bar 1986

Admitted to Alabama Bar 1988

Admitted to Florida Bar 1989

Member of Escambia/Santa Rosa bar 1989 to present

Executive Counsel of Escambia/Santa Rosa Bar 1997-2000

Member First Judicial Circuit Grievnace Committee 2014-2016

Member Society of the Criminal Defense Bar 1998-present

Awarded Lawyer of the Year by Society of Criminal Defense Bar 2002

Member Florida Association of Criminal Defense lawyers 1998-present

Member National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 1998-present

Life Member Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Elected Director of Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 2001-2010

Awarded Extra Mile Award by Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 2010

President Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 2014-2015

Lecturer Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Continuing Education 2015

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