William J. Wade

Director

302.651.7718
302.498.7701 (fax)
wade@rlf.com

William Wade, past president of the firm and former chair of the Litigation Department, represents local and national clients in Delaware’s state and federal courts with an emphasis on various areas of civil litigation, including intellectual property and commercial law matters. Bill’s clients include entities such as ExxonMobil, the City of Wilmington, Wilmington Trust Company, and the Christiana Care Health System, the state’s largest health-care system. He has been awarded Martindale-Hubbell’s highest AV rating.

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William Wade, past president of the firm, represents local and national clients in Delaware’s state and federal courts with an emphasis on various areas of civil litigation, including intellectual property and commercial law matters. Bill’s clients include entities such as ExxonMobil, the City of Wilmington, Wilmington Trust Company, and the Christiana Care Health System, the state’s largest health-care system.

With a long history of leadership in the legal community, Bill has been active in the state and national bar, serving on numerous panels and committees. He also has been very involved in both the health-care arena and Delaware’s annual Minority Job Fair. Bill has been awarded Martindale-Hubbell’s highest AV rating.

Awards

  • Benchmark Litigation
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Wilmington, DE Trusts & Estates Litigation Lawyer of the Year, 2017
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Wilmington, DE Arbitration Lawyer of the Year, 2016
  • Caleb R. Layton III Service Award, presented by the Judges of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware (2010)
  • Super Lawyers
  • Lawdragon
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rating

Leadership

  • Merit Selection Panel, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the District of Delaware, Chair (2007)
  • Merit Selection Panel, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the District of Delaware, Member (2011)
  • Mentor, District of Delaware Federal Practice Trial Practice Seminar (2010-2013) 
  • Board of Bar Examiners of the State of Delaware, Past Chair  
  • Delaware State Bar Association, Health Law Section, Past Chair
  • Delaware Historical Society, Board of Trustees
  • The Grand Opera House, Inc., Board of Directors
  • Christiana Care Health System, Trustee and Secretary
  • Christiana Care Health Services, Inc., Secretary
  • Berkeley Hall Club, Inc., Board of Directors 
  • Delaware Minority Job Fair Committee, Past Chair
  • Medical Center of Delaware, Past Director
  • Delaware Health Plan Consortium, Past Director
  • Christiana Care Health Plans, Inc., Past Director
  • MCD Foundation, Past Director
  • Wilmington Country Club, Past Director
  • Delaware Theatre Company, Past Director, Past Chair
  • Delaware Community Foundation, Past Director
  • J.A. Montgomery, Inc., Past Director

Education

  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1976
  • B.A., magna cum laude, University of Delaware, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Distinction in History, 1973

Admitted to Practice

  • Delaware
  • United States District Court, District of Delaware
  • United States Court of Appeals Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

Education

  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1976
  • B.A., magna cum laude, University of Delaware, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Distinction in History, 1973

Awards

  • Benchmark Litigation
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Wilmington, DE Trusts & Estates Litigation Lawyer of the Year, 2017
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Wilmington, DE Arbitration Lawyer of the Year, 2016
  • Caleb R. Layton III Service Award, presented by the Judges of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware (2010)
  • Super Lawyers
  • Lawdragon
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rating

Leadership

  • Merit Selection Panel, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the District of Delaware, Chair (2007)
  • Merit Selection Panel, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the District of Delaware, Member (2011)
  • Mentor, District of Delaware Federal Practice Trial Practice Seminar (2010-2013) 
  • Board of Bar Examiners of the State of Delaware, Past Chair  
  • Delaware State Bar Association, Health Law Section, Past Chair
  • Delaware Historical Society, Board of Trustees
  • The Grand Opera House, Inc., Board of Directors
  • Christiana Care Health System, Trustee and Secretary
  • Christiana Care Health Services, Inc., Secretary
  • Berkeley Hall Club, Inc., Board of Directors 
  • Delaware Minority Job Fair Committee, Past Chair
  • Medical Center of Delaware, Past Director
  • Delaware Health Plan Consortium, Past Director
  • Christiana Care Health Plans, Inc., Past Director
  • MCD Foundation, Past Director
  • Wilmington Country Club, Past Director
  • Delaware Theatre Company, Past Director, Past Chair
  • Delaware Community Foundation, Past Director
  • J.A. Montgomery, Inc., Past Director