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Amiel Lee Wade

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Amiel Wade is the President and Managing Partner of Wade Law Group. He has been practicing law for over 18 years. He specializes in litigation, conducting jury trials in complex cases and in helping businesses and companies in every phase of their development, including from formation through funding, acquisition and/or IPO.

He also serves as both a judge pro tem and an arbitrator for the Santa Clara County Superior Court, and has guest lectured at Stanford University. In 2005, Wade was voted one of the top attorneys in the Country by America's Registry of Outstanding Professionals. In 1998, he was selected as a member of Strathmore's Who's Who in the Law for demonstrating outstanding achievement in his profession. In March of 2003, a jury returned a verdict in the amount of over $11 million on behalf of one of Wade's clients that he was representing in a personal injury matter. Prior to founding Wade & Silverstein, Mr. Wade excelled both as an in-house attorney, and a law firm attorney, including serving as the President and Managing Partner of Wade & Silverstein Law Corporation, Corporate Secretary, Vice President and General Counsel of Palmchip Corporation and as President of his own Silicon Valley law firm. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mr. Wade served as a San Jose Police officer for four years.

Wade's experience as a trial attorney has led him to successfully represent clients as chief counsel in both jury trials and non-jury trials involving complex litigation cases. He has developed a reputation as being a tenacious, savvy and sophisticated trial attorney who savors going into battle for his clients. Wade has represented clients in both pre-litigation disputes, mediation and arbitration matters. He also has represented clients in both commercial and serious personal injury cases. He has extensive expertise in conducting negotiations, and has negotiated multi-million dollar disputes, lawsuits and business contracts.

Wade's vast array of in-depth experience has also led him to become an expert in representing businesses and start-up companies, as he is cognizant of exactly what it takes to assist them in both achieving their fundraising goals and operating their businesses. In assisting clients in raising funds, he has not only negotiated investment terms with potential investors, but he has also advised on corporate securities and compliance issues (both blue sky and federal securities laws), has prepared and conducted due diligence, and has drafted an abundance of equity financing documents which include private placement memorandums, stock purchase agreements, bridge loan agreements, stock subscription agreements, co-sale agreements, investors rights agreements, convertible loan agreements, stock certificates, investment and merger letters of intent, merger and acquisition agreements, investment term sheets, securities filings, etc.

Wade has extensive expertise in negotiating, drafting and modifying high technology licenses and transfer agreements of every type, including distribution agreements, end user licenses, OEM agreements, publishing agreements, joint development agreements, technology partnering agreements, manufacturing agreements, development agreements and agreements relating to the acquisition of intangible property.

In providing corporate governance representation, Wade has regularly advised boards of directors, as well as perform an abundance of other corporate governance work which includes communicating with shareholders and investors, attending Board of Director meetings, taking board of director minutes, setting up shareholder meetings, etc. He also serves as a board member of several organizations.




J.D., Rutgers University School of Law (with Honors)
B.S., San Jose, State University


At Rutgers, Mr. Wade was elected President of the Student Bar Association, participated in moot court competitions and was one of two individuals selected by faculty to represent the law school in a national moot court competition. He was also the top litigator in his trial advocacy course; was top oralist in his Moot Court course; wrote the top memorandum in his moot court course; and was appointed by the University President to represent the law school on a committee comprised of important university representatives. His name was also submitted by university officials to the then Governor of New Jersey (Christine Todd Whitman) for consideration for a student cabinet position.


Upon leaving the University, several of Wade's professors gave him their highest recommendation.




Wade is a member of the California State Bar, the United States District Court for the Northern District, the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and has been a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and the Santa Clara County Bar Association. He also has served as a board member of various organizations and has many other affiliations. Wade is also a black belt in Tae Kwan Doe.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 65%
  2. Business: 20%
  3. Divorce: 15%



Hourly ($380-400/hour)

Attorney endorsements

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  • John Greel Ralls Jr.

    I endorse this lawyer. Amiel is an experienced business attorney and I recommend him. I enjoyed working with him at an attorney conference a couple of years ago. I was very impressed by his knowledge.


    John Ralls Oil and gas Attorney
    Relationship: Other

  • Traci L. Holian

    I have worked with Amiel on a multitude of cases and believe that he is extremely knowledgeable and savvy. I have seen him interact both in court and with clients and believe he is truly amazing to watch. He is extremely hardworking, knows the ins and outs of the courtroom and works extremely hard on behalf of his clients. I would recommend Amiel to anyone in need of an excellent attorney.


    Traci Holian Business Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Wade Law Group

84 West Santa Clara Street, Ste 750
(See website for other offices locations)
San Jose, CA, 95113


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Preeminent 4.8 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2016
10 BestAmerican Institute of Legal Counsel2016
American Lawyer MediaTop California Attorney2015
The Legal NetworkTop California Lawyer2015
Top California LawyerThe Legal Network2014
American Lawyer MediaTop Attorney in California2013
Best of Santa ClaraU.S. Commerce Association (USCA)2009
One of The top Attorneys in The CountryAmerica's Registry of Outstanding Professionals2005
Who's Who in the LawWho's Who Legal1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
President & Managing PartnerWade & Silverstein2003 - Present
AssociateMcManis Faulkner & Morgan2003 - 2003
Vice President & General CounselPalmchip Corporation2000 - 2002
PresidentLaw Offices of Amiel L. Wade1996 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1996 - Present
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMember2011 - 2013
Santa Clara County Bar Judiciary ComitteeMember2008 - 2009
Santa Clara County Bar AssociationMember2003 - 2008
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Fraud Case$340 award for Client
$10 million Fraud SuitDefense Victory/Verdict For Wade's client
Medical Negligence$11.3 million victory/verdict for Wade's Client
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Publication nameTitleDate
Distributed at Business Conference during presentationHow to incorporate and operate effectively2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Rutgers University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
San Jose State UniversityAdministration of JusticeBS - Bachelor of Science1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Seminar PresentationThe ins and out of civil litigation2010
Silicon Valley Business ConferenceHow to Start a Business, incorporate it and operate it effectively2008
Litigation TacticsHow to prepare a case for trial2003