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A Culture of Caring

Jonathan and Leslie Wade lead by example when using their gifts, strengths and opportunities to serve their clients and community.

Personal injury law and family law come together under one practice at Wade Law Offices in Fayette County, Georgia. More than 70 years of combined experience has contributed significantly to the success of the practice, as well as consistently favorable outcomes for their clients.

Atlanta natives Jon and Leslie Wade met fresh out of law school, and as destiny would have it, the young lawyers married exactly one year to the day of their first encounter. This year the Wades celebrate 34 years of marriage, and both can attest to the benefits of a lifelong commitment to love, fortitude and focus on business, and a philanthropic approach to community impact.

Leslie's natural and unquenchable desire for learning, problem-solving, and high-level engagement has not waned throughout her career, and Jon's desire to right the many wrongs he sees in the way of injustices still drives his passion today. While the reasons for pursuing a profession in law differs between the two, Jon's and Leslie's motivation to continue practicing law for more than three decades has everything to do with who they are at their core - good stewards of what they've been given to make the world a little bit better place.

Wade Law has established and cultivated a culture of caring - having the freedom, flexibility, and willingness to help citizens in a way that extends beyond personal injury or family law matters. Leslie emphasizes, "We care about our clients. We care about what their needs are. We care to empower them to get what they should have, especially when it comes to healthcare on the personal injury side, and when it comes to time with their children, and being ok financially going forward on the family law side. But it is also a culture of caring when it comes to the community." Jon concludes, "That in essence is the foundation of a culture of caring. The response is always, 'How can we help?'"

Jon and Leslie have a heart for people. They recognize that the legal matter that brings a person to their offices, is most often only a slice of what is going on in that person's life. The client could be dealing with a chronic illness, managing the responsibilities associated with being a caregiver, you name it, and the legal matter is the straw that breaks them. Leslie acknowledges that, "People come to see us at the worst time of their lives." Wade Law treats each case with personal attention. The most rewarding experiences for both Jon and Leslie are the cases where they can look back on their client's lives and see clearly the positive impact they've had.

As a local, young professional attorney in the mid-90's, it was not hard to get plugged into the Fayette community. Leslie was primed to serve on local boards and had wonderful experiences with several organizations - raising funds, organizing events, painting, giving time, talent and treasure, and serving in many other capacities. 

Jon and Leslie have deepened their community footprint over the past 26 years. Their eyes light up and they finish each other's sentences when they talk about service and the meaningful engagements that have made a difference in their lives thus far. Woven from the same fabric, the Wades were raised in homes where service to others was modeled and encouraged by their parents. Leslie recalls her first mission trip at the age of 15 with the Appalachia Service Project, and Jon recalls, "Going to local charities with mom, and helping with food and clothing was really important. That's what we were expected to do." Even when the two were dating, they served together. Leslie begins, "We had been dating only 6 weeks," and Jon finishes, "and for our first Thanksgiving with Hosea Williams Feed the Hungry, we helped feed and pass out clothing before having our own Thanksgiving dinner."

Today, Jon and Leslie are involved in all kinds of charities. They routinely encourage their staff to share a need that they are aware of, or a charity that is near and dear to them. It is not unusual for Wade Law to close the office for the entire team to volunteer time to support a local charity. The Wades believe they have an obligation to the future, and to be an example. "We aspire to be something that others would respect."

Jon shares his advice for the younger generation. "None of us are promised riches. What we are promised is enough food for today - our daily bread. Don't worry about the money. Money takes care of itself. Keep giving and it will come back to you."

Wade Law has two offices in Fayetteville. The practice is fully staffed with paralegals, case managers, an office manager, and a marketing and development professional. You can learn more about Wade Law at www.wadelawga.com or call them with inquiries at 770-282-1188

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