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Wade Jefferies

Litigation Attorney at Austin, TX

5.0   27 reviews

also known as Thomas Wade Jefferies, T. Wade Jefferies

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  • Licensed for 29 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1994
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Wade

Learn Wade’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    60%
    Partnership disputes. Breach of fiduciary duty claims on behalf of minority owners. Business torts. Breach of contract. Professional (attorney and accountants) malpractice cases.

    30 years

  2. Family
    20%
    Represent high asset individuals in divorces. I use my accounting background and 30 years of civil and commercial litigation experience to assist my clients.

    21 years

  3. Business
    10%
    Act as outside "in house counsel" for businesses who cannot justify hiring an in house attorney.

    26 years

  4. Consumer protection
    10%
    Texas Deceptive Trade Practice Act cases.

    30 years

LITIGATION AND FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY IN AUSTIN. RESULT-DRIVEN & CLIENT-FOCUSED REPRESENTATION.

In 2017, after working over 21 years and becoming a partner at a highly respected Austin boutique litigation firm, I founded my own private practice, The Law Firm of T. Wade Jefferies, to help individuals and businesses throughout Texas efficiently resolve commercial, civil, divorce, and family law disputes. In 2024, my long term colleague and friend, Scott Herlihy, and I formed Jefferies & Herlihy, LLC.

I am an accomplished and seasoned litigator who focuses on commercial litigation, civil litigation and family law throughout Texas. I have represented numerous individuals in multi-million dollar disputes including representing a real estate company against John Wooley, Schlotzsky's CEO at the time; representing a well-known Austin architect and builder in settling a Judgment obtained by Sandra Bullock; representing a competitor of Waste Management Services in a lawsuit against Waste Management Services; representing a partner in an Austin-based consulting firm to life insurance companies in a lawsuit against his partner; and representing a multi-national health supplement provider in a dispute against his partner. I was also an integral part of a team of lawyers who obtained a $180 million judgment against Health Net, Inc, a large California based health care provider.

I also represent several businesses as their "outside" in-house counsel.

In addition, I have successfully handled numerous family law matters. I have represented numerous high-wealth individuals going through a divorce. In one case, after trial, the Court granted my client over 60% of the community estate plus close to $100, in attorney's fees. In numerous high-asset divorce cases, I have represented the wives with husbands who own successful businesses. The husbands generally claim that the businesses have no real value. With my accounting background and commercial litigation experience, I was able to determine the actual value of the business and reach a settlement favorable to my clients. Going through a divorce several years ago, I was exactly where my family law clients are and, because of that, I can offer empathy and help in a way that is unique and solution oriented.

My accounting background coupled with the breadth and depth of legal experience provides me with the ability to efficiently and effectively represent my commercial, civil and family law clients. I am peer rated AV Preeminent by my peers defined as "the highest peer rating standard. This rating signifies that a large number of the lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal knowledge, communication skills, and ethical standards." I am also a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. The Litigation Counsel of America is an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society established to reflect the new face of the American bar. Membership is limited to 3,500 Fellows, representing less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers.

I look forward to protecting your interests.

- Wade

Awards

Platinum Client Champion
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2019,2018
Client's Choice
2019 2018

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Location

Jefferies & Herlihy, LLC
111 Congress Ave
Suite 500
Austin, TX, 78701

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2019
Client's Choice
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Posted by Larry | November 18, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Attorney You’ll Love Having On Your Team!
I highly recommend Wade Jefferies. Wade has both represented my previous business as outside “in-house” counsel and represented me in a contentious divorce. Representing my prior business, Wade helped the business navigate through numerous challenges, growing pains and the different desires of the owners. When our business encountered a problem that was outside Wade’s “wheelhouse”, he would refer the business to an appropriate attorney who specialized in this area. During my divorce, Wade walked me through every step of the process and obtained a result, both financially and in regards to my children, that was very favorable to me. One of the things I appreciated most about Wade was his availability at all times. He gave me his cell phone number at our first meeting and told me that I could call or text him at any time - including evening and weekends. There were numerous times that I contacted him during non-working hours and he promptly replied to discuss the situation at hand and discuss strategies to resolve them.
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Posted by Joy | November 16, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Construction Law
Wade is an exceptional lawyer, both with his legal skills and his personal attention to his clients.  I owned a Residential Remodeling Company (now retired) and I always turned to Wade for advice and counsel.  When sued, I hired Wade to defend the lawsuit.  Wade always immediately returned my calls and texts (yes, he provides his clients’ with his cell phone number) even if they were late at night or on the weekend.  When my company was sued in a construction defect case, I was extremely anxious.  Wade calmed me down, analyzed the case, and advised us that he felt we would likely receive a defense verdict at trial and therefore not to pay the Plaintiff’s outrageous settlement demand.  The case went to trial, we obtain a defense verdict and were completely vindicated.  Wade also reviewed our standard contract and advised us that it did not provide my LLC with the necessary protections.  Wade drafted a new contract which was far superior to the previous one.  Finally, in my opinion Wade’s rate and charges were extremely reasonable given his skills, experience and Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating.
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Posted by anonymous | May 23, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Wow
Wade took me out for some Texas BBQ. I'm from Cincinnati, so this was a new experience for me. Wade treated me right, and we talked a little business while feasting on some baby back ribs. I won't talk to much about our discussion - that is privileged - but I will say, Wade paid for the meal. He even said he'd take me out for pizza the next time I'm in town. That's clearly a gentleman in my book!
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Posted by Erika | May 18, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Wade is who you need
I selected Wade, in part, due to his exemplary reviews here on Avvo. The other reason was his friendly, genuine nature. We connected immediately. He was key in resolving an extremely challenging contract dispute. His patience, kindness and keen strategic mind not only put me at ease but provided an unending sense of confidence and hope as we worked through the process. Wade wants to win! At every juncture, Wade was there to supply guidance and insight. His diligence kept the case from going to trial, saving me time, money and stress. Wade cares deeply about his clients; he took the time to know and understand me as to provide the best representation. I’m thoroughly satisfied with the outcome and recommend Wade for anyone who needs a motivated, no nonsense legal advocate.
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Posted by Sam | November 12, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Wade Jeffries got me through one of the hardest times of my life
Wade went above and beyond my expectations getting me through my divorce. I really didn't know how to handle many of the difficulties and hardships that come with divorce concerning kids. He was always available for professional and personal advice. He knew how to handle every aspect of my case, and through his actions, he proved that he actually cares about his clients.
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Posted by Erika | November 10, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Most Professional
Wade was amazing to work with. Divorce is a difficult thing, but Wade listened to all my concerns and ensured my interests were protected. He kept me on focus and directed me to what was fair and justifiable. I have never been so pleased with such a difficult situation. Having Wade in my corner helped know I was in good hands and could focus on the new changes in my life. I will be forever grateful.
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Posted by James | October 7, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest, Thorough, and Knowledgeable
Mr. Jefferies was a blessing during a severe time of uncertainty. My wife and I were very lucky to have been referred to him and his firm when we were scammed out of our life savings. His counsel led to the return of our money. A knowledgeable suggestion of where we needed to go for results, was perfect. Thank you Mr. Jefferies.
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Posted by Shannon | April 9, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Kicks ass!
Wade has represented me in two completely separate and unrelated lawsuits. Neither went to court because it was unnecessary; Wade kicked ass! We were the winning party in both of them, hands down. Wade is sharp, thorough, aggressive, preemptive, intimidating and not to mention, tall and nice looking (it doesn’t hurt ;) What makes him stand out among the rest is he does not procrastinate and let things drag on, thereby not wasting his time and our money. Best attorney out there by far-
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Posted by anonymous | April 2, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
A fine lawyer
I found Wade through a mutual friend while I happened to be going through a very critical, painful time. My husband of 10 years and I were divorcing and there were two fantastic little girls whose future would be decided. I hired Wade and he kept me safe every step of the way, This was not easy but it was bearable. Wade always returns phone calls, stays on top of things (even when you aren’t) and offers creative solutions. He’s also a bit intimidating which frankly you want in a lawyer. Wade became a friend and saw me through the worst of my days. He’s probably the only thing I’ll miss about this experience.
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Posted by Stephanie | March 29, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Best attorney to have on your side
I met Wade through a friend going to a similar custody situation. I highered him shortly before I was due to be back in court. He was very up front with what would need to be done in order for him to take my case. He provided his best advice regarding my case and was clear about the realistic expectations and possible outcomes. I could not appreciate that more. Wade did not have much time to really review my case before things started to take place, but he was on top of his game and he represented me better than any attorney I have had before. He doesn't BS. He gets down to business and was there every step of the way to help me through the process. He was extremely responsive, which was a huge deal for me. I definitely felt that I could trust putting my case in his hands and that he was looking out for me and my son. He would definitely be the attorney I continue to choose to represent me.
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Posted by Joseph | March 18, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing
Very greatful for the services provided to me by Wade! He is knowledgeable, professional, and articulate!! Wade decimated my opposition on the cross exam!!!
Posted by Joe | February 21, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best in what is needed
I had contacted Mr Jefferies office on a short notice on a court date coming up, as I was talking to his receptionist I received a call from Wade Jefferies. No more than 5 minutes into our conversation I immediately knew I would be taken care of. My case, although small, felt like a very complex case in my eyes but Wade took complete control and kept me in a positive mindset. I met up with Wade a day before court, and before I could speak or ask any questions, I realized all my question I had been wanting to ask, Wade answered them in detail. It was lile he knew what I was thinking. Court day came up. I was a nervous wreck. Wade walks in and i knew I was covered.. And i was. Fathers, I STRONGLY recommend hiring Wade. Im 100,000,00% satisfied with my decision
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Posted by Jason | February 5, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Jason C. - Divorce Case
Highest rating, review, and regards to Wade... deservedly so! Excellent communication throughout the entire process and always available... made sure to always make me feel like the relationship was personal. Excellent knowledge in all aspects of law, business acumen, and personal assets. Thank you for everything Wade, would recommend you to anyone!
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Posted by Neil | January 10, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Having Wade Jefferies defend me was the best choice I could have made for my case
I contacted Wade Jefferies about pending litigation against me. Wade clearly explained all my options to me in the case. He said he could represent me in court, but also gave me everything I would need to represent myself, pro se. For this case, we opted to go on the offensive pre-trial and Wade got the opposing attorney to drop the case before we even went to trial. Wade definitely knows what he is doing defending in a litigation case and after this experience, there is no one I would rather have in my corner than Mr. Jefferies if I even find myself in that situation again.
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Posted by Claudia | December 18, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent all-around experience!
Mr. Jefferies is extremely knowledgeable and easy to work with. While he was compassionate with my situation and the difficulty of my divorce, he stood firm on what a realistic outcome should be. He helped me to understand each step of the process and was assertive in getting me what I was entitled to and more. Communication with him was effective and efficient! He listened well to my questions and concerns and offered honest, straightforward advice. He responded quickly to emails, texts and phone calls. I would hire him again, with no hesitation.
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Posted by George | December 17, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
I met Wade while visiting my brother in Austin. About 2 years later we were building our house in Lubbock, one of the subcontractors didn't pay his supplies and thus that vendor threatened to put a lien on our house. I called around to 5 different attorneys and all told me to pay the vendor. I explained that the subcontractor had signed a lien release which states that he had paid all his bills pertaining to my home. All of them told me to go ahead and pay out over $12,000 which was owed to the vendor. I remembered Wade and so I called him to see if he could help. Unlike all the lawyers in Lubbock Wade took up my cause and saved my wife and myself thousands of dollars. He's a great attorney and I strongly recommend him.
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Posted by Charlie | December 16, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
Excellent, Professional Attorney
I consulted Wade on a family law matter involving moving children across state lines. Wade’s litigation experience and insightful knowledge helped me navigate, and ultimately avoid, a long legal battle. Few family law attorneys have Wade’s courtroom experience and creative thinking!
Posted by Tom | December 16, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Trustworthy
It has been my pleasure to have used Wade Jefferies several times in various litigation matters. One was helping my son in bankruptcy. He did a masterful job in getting him cleared of debt and restored his credit. The other time was helping me in a dispute with a former company I was with. He made the company withdraw on their claims it thought it had. I cannot say enough about the professionalism and ethics of Mr. Jefferies. Tom Dance
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Posted by Charles | December 16, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney with accounting background
Wade was instrumental in defending me and my professional reputation as a CPA approximately 20 years ago. He was hired by my professional liability insurance carrier and was there for me throughout the entire 4 year process. His attention to detail and focus were invaluable to me. Ultimately we received a take nothing verdict at trial, and I was completely vindicated, thanks in great part to the efforts of Mr. Jefferies.
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Posted by Morgan | December 16, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Wade was very helpful and worked in a timely manner. I would highly recommend him to represent anyone I know.
I hired Wade when my apartment complex charged me almost $2,000 due to a toilet overflow which flooded my apartment. After one letter, not only did the apartment complex reverse the call, but the ownership group of the apartment personally called to apologize.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 450-600 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Member
  • Jefferies & Herlihy, LLC
  • 2022 - Present
  • Owner
  • The Law Firm of T. Wade Jefferies
  • 2016 - 2023
  • Partner
  • Hohmann, Taube & Summers, LLP
  • 1993 - 2014

Education

  • University of Texas School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • University of Texas at Dallas
  • Accounting, Magna Cum Laude
  • 1991

Associations

  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • Fellow
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • 1994 - Present
  • Travis County Bar Association
  • 1994 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2024
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2024
  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2023
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2023
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2021
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2021
  • AV Preeminent
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2020
  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2020
  • AV Preeminent
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2019
  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2018
  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2018
  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2017
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2017
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (5)
Endorse Wade
Family Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Wade and I were on opposite sides of a divorce case. He advocated aggressively for his client without compromising his professionalism. I also found him to be knowledgeable and creative in exploring theories to achieve the maximum benefit for his client. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer! Wade was great to work with on finalizing a difficult divorce. Wade was gracious as we tried to catch up after stepping into a case that was more than a year old and helped us get ready for a mediation that was to occur in a month. It is great working with attorneys that are prepared, confident and experienced in family law and keep the client's best interest in the forefront to finalize cases at mediation. Thanks, Wade!!"
Family Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I was adverse to Wade in a high asset divorce case involving a large business and several complex issues. Wade was easy to work with, and due to his accounting background and commercial litigation experience, he was very knowledgeable about divorces with complex estates. I would recommend him for large estate divorces. I referred a friend of mine with such a case to Wade. Although based in Austin, Wade handles cases between San Antonio and Dallas."
Family Attorney | Nov 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Wade on numerous matters over many years, and I have confidence in and respect for his work. Wade is a strong advocate and negotiator. I happily make referrals to Wade, and I would gladly work with him together on a case again, or as opposing counsel."
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Divorce and separation
Divorce and separation