Vangela M. Wade

Vangela M. Wade

Attorney
Location:
Ridgeland, Mississippi
Phone:
601-790-0043
Fax:
601-510-9849
Email:

Vangela M. Wade practices in the area of uncontested Family Law, Wills and Estates, and Life Planning. As a Family Law attorney, she handles cases of divorce, child custody and visitation disputes, child support, premarital agreements, legitimation, paternity, and other legal matters. In the area of Wills and Estates, she counsels and represents clients in drafting wills, trusts, and life planning necessities such as powers of attorney, health care directives, and asset protection in the sunset years.

With roots in Northeast Mississippi, Vangela has recently expanded her legal services from Central Mississippi to also Lee County in Northeast Mississippi. Daughter of Charles and Joan Williams, she grew up in Verona, Mississippi and is a 1979 graduate of Tupelo High School.

In addition to Vangela's legal practice, she also provides consulting and training diversity and cultural competency as well as fair employment practices to corporations, governmental agencies, education and health care institutions, nonprofit organizations and coaching to individuals. She has extensive education and experience in the areas of diversity management and cross-cultural communications.

Vangela began her legal career in public service. Upon graduating from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1996, Vangela served as judicial law clerk to Judge Leslie D. King at the Mississippi Court of Appeals. In 1997, she served as a Special Prosecutor with the Madison/Rankin County District Attorney's Office under District Attorney John T. Kitchens.

Following her term with the District Attorney's Office, Vangela practiced law with one of the largest corporate defense law firms in Mississippi and later with the third largest boutique labor and employment law firms in the United States where she represented clients in management in labor and employment law matters. She focused primarily on cases arising under Title VII, the Equal Pay Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act. Vangela continues to conduct independent investigations for employers seeking impartialness and objectivity in employee complaints and grievances.

In 2004, Vangela completed Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Diversity Management Program. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in political science from Mississippi State University, in 1984.

Vangela is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys; American Bar Association, Mississippi, Magnolia Bar Association, Capital Area Bar Association, and Madison County Bar Association. In June 2011, she completed a three-year term as the Minority-at-Large member of the Mississippi Bar Association Board of Bar Commissioners. In 2011, Vangela served as Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project's (MVLP) Feinberg Grant Coordinator and Counsel assisting low-income people having losses due to the 2010 Gulf oil spill. Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project awarded Vangela its Pro Bono Volunteer Award in October 2011 for exceptional service in Family Law matters to low-income persons. Vangela serves on the Board of Trustees for St. Andrew's Episcopal School, in Ridgeland, MS. She is also on the Board of Directors for the Center for Ministry, at Millsaps College, in Jackson, MS. Vangela's past activities and service include Leadership Jackson Alumni Association, Class of 1999-2000; (Inaugural Member) Mississippi Supreme Court Task Force on Gender Fairness, 1998 to 2009; Top 40 Under 40, 2000; American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law's Law School Student Outreach Coordinator, 2002-2008; and Board of Directors of Operation Shoestring, Jackson, MS.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Mississippi

Education

  • University of Mississippi School of Law, University, Mississippi
    • J.D. - 1996
  • Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi
    • B.A. - 1984
    • Major: Political Science
  • Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, New York
    • Diversity Management Program - 2004

Honors and Awards

  • Pro Bono Volunteer Award, awarded by the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project for exceptional service in Family Law matters to low-income persons, 2011
  • Top 40 Under 40, 2000

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Mississippi Bar Association, Member
  • Magnolia Bar Association, Member
  • Capital Area Bar Association, Member
  • Madison County Bar Association, Member
  • St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, Board of Trustees
  • Center for Ministry, Millsaps College, Board of Directors
  • Mississippi Bar Association Board of Bar Commissioners, Minority-at-Large Member, 2008 - 2011
  • Leadership Jackson Alumni Association, Class of 1999-2000, Past Inaugural Member
  • Mississippi Supreme Court Task Force on Gender Fairness, 1998 - 2009
  • American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law, Law School Student Outreach Coordinator, 2002 - 2008
  • Operation Shoestring, Past Member, Board of Directors

Past Employment Positions

  • Judge Leslie D. King, Mississippi Court of Appeals, Judicial Law Clerk, 1996 - 1997
  • Madison/Rankin County District Attorney’s Office, Special Prosecutor

Pro Bono Activities

  • Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project’s (MVLP) Feinberg Grant Coordinator and Counsel assisting low-income people having losses due to the 2010 Gulf oil spill, 2011