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Len A. Wade


Len A. Wade joined Kelly Hart in 2009 as a partner in its Litigation Practice. He also provides mediation and arbitration services for complex litigation matters. Mr. Wade attended Abilene Christian University, where he obtained his bachelor of arts with highest honors in 1983. He then attended Baylor University Law School, graduating with honors in 1987. Mr. Wade served as judge of the 141st District Court of the State of Texas from January, 2003 through February, 2009. During that time, he presided over numerous jury trials, nonjury trials, and contested hearings. Before serving as a district judge, Mr. Wade represented both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal court litigation, including business torts, contract claims, employment matters, and insurance coverage disputes.

Mr. Wade completed mediation training with Attorney-Mediators Institute in Dallas in 1995 and is a member of the Association of Attorney Mediators. He is also a member of the commercial panel of neutrals for the American Arbitration Association and has served as adjunct professor at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law.  Mr. Wade has been a Barrister of the Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court, a member of the Business Torts Subcommittee of the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association and a member of the planning board for the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the Young Lawyers' Division of the ABA. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Fort Worth Christian School and as a member of the Board of Visitors and University Council for Abilene Christian University.

Experience and highlights
  • Presided over numerous complex trials and pretrial disputes as judge of 141st District Court from 2003-2009
  • Lead trial and/or appellate counsel in many complex litigation matters, including:
    •      Representation of a small business owner in a dispute with a former officer in a
    •      competing business
    •      Representation of a local business in a significant dispute relating to a real estate 
    •      partnership
    •      Representation of a publicly traded company in defending nonsubscriber  
    •      employee injury litigation throughout the state of Texas
    •      Representation of employers and employees in employment disputes
    •      Representation of companies and individuals in insurance coverage disputes
    •      Representation of businesses and customers in transactional disputes
    •      Representation of small business in theft of trade secrets, fraud and business
    •      torts cases
    •      Successfully mediated disputes in commercial disputes, employment disputes,
    •      personal injury cases
    •      Successfully arbitrated commercial disputes
Affiliations and honors
  • Pepperdine University School of Law, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Adjunct Professor
  • Association of Attorney Mediators
  • Fort Worth Christian School, Trustee
  • Abilene Christian University, Board of Visitors and University Council
  • Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court, Former Barrister
  • Rated AV® by Martindale-Hubbell  "Peer Review Rated"
  • Listed in Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers prior to judicial election
  • Selected as a "Top Attorney" by Fort Worth, Texas magazine, 2012-2013, 2017
  • Named a "Top Attorney" in Arbitration and Mediation by 360 West magazine, 2017
  • Baylor University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1987
         Baylor Law Review, Executive Editor
         President's Award
         1985 TYLA Moot Court Team
  • Abilene Christian University, B.A., summa cum laude, 1983
  • State Bar of Texas, 1987
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
Speeches & Publications
  • "Challenging Experts in Texas State Courts", Austin College - 2010 Law Symposium, Sherman, February 2010
  • "Getting the Charge You Want, and Arguing It to the Jury", Texas Bar CLE Trial of a Fiduciary Litigation Case Course, Fredericksburg, December 2009
  • "Discrimination and Retaliation Claims", Tarrant County Bar Association Employment Section, August 2009
  • Speeches to Tarrant County Bar Association Employment Section, Tarrant County Trial Lawyers Association, and Dallas Bar Association Business Litigation Section, 2004-2007
  • Author, "Do the Eyes Have It? Psychological Testimony Regarding Eyewitness Accuracy", 38 Baylor L. Rev. 169, 1986
Mr. Wade served as Judge in the 141st District Court of the State of Texas from 2003-2009.