REBECCA JANET WADE

Rebecca Janet Wade

Partner

703-836-9030    Email
Office: 500 Montgomery St., Suite 575, Alexandria, VA 22314

Rebecca Janet Wade is an Alexandria, Virginia native and partner with Wade, Grimes, Friedman, Meinken & Leischner PLLC. Ms. Wade practices both family law and criminal defense. After graduating from the University of Richmond School of Law, Ms. Wade worked for more than five years at the Public Defender’s Office for Fauquier and Rappahannock Counties. There, she represented clients charged with a wide range of offenses from traffic offenses to serious felonies, such as aggravated malicious wounding, drug distribution and sex crimes. Ms. Wade has tried over two dozen jury trials and hundreds of bench trials. Additionally, Ms. Wade has experience handling appeals and has appeared numerous times at the Court of Appeals of Virginia and the Supreme Court of Virginia, earning victories in both Courts.

Since leaving the Public Defender’s Office, Ms. Wade has also focused her attention on family law.  She represents in cases of divorce, child custody and visitation, child support, and alimony. Her work defending the mother of a young child left in a hot car seat received considerable media attention.

Ms. Wade is also passionate about defending those charged with and representing victims of domestic violence in both the criminal and civil arenas. In that area, she has extensive experience focusing on the laws involving physical abuse, assault, and injury, emotional abuse, threats of violence and more.

Ms. Wade volunteers with the Legal Aid Justice Center as a Pro Bono Lawyer representing children in juvenile court petitioning for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.

She speaks fluent Spanish and has represented over 100 native Spanish speakers, helping them through the legal process in their native language and is knowledgeable about the immigration consequences of any criminal convictions.

REPRESENTATIVE CASES

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS

  • Alexandria Bar Association, Director
  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association

HONORS AND AWARDS

AREAS OF PRACTICE

25% Family Law
25% Divorce and Separation
25% Domestic Violence
25% Criminal Defense

LANGUAGES

Spanish
Portuguese
French

BAR ADMISSIONS

Virginia, 2007
Virginia Supreme Court, 2007
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, 2013
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Virginia, 2013

EDUCATION

University of Richmond J.D. magna cum laude - 2007
McGill University B.A. - 2004
Honors: With Honors
Major: Honours Economics
Minor: Hispanic Languages

PAST EMPLOYMENT POSITIONS

Office of the Public Defender, Assistant Public Defender, 2007 - 2013
Wade, Friedman & Sutter, P.C., 2013 - 2015

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