Vangela M. Wade

Vangela M. Wade

Ridgeland, Mississippi

Attorney Vangela M. Wade established The Wade Law Firm, PLLC in 2011 to represent individuals and families in resolving legal issues impacting their lives daily and often generationally. With over 22 years of experience in Mississippi Law, Attorney Wade provides client-centered representation and counsel to clients in uncontested Family Law matters, Wills and Estates/Probate, Heirs’ Property Issues, Elder Law, Family Asset Protection Planning, Estate Planning and Long-Term Care Planning. Attorney Wade zealously represents each client with integrity and compassion, providing each one personalized attention from the beginning through the resolution of their legal issue.

Since graduating in 1996 from the University of Mississippi School of Law, Wade has built a resume of diverse and distinguished legal experience. She served as Judicial Law Clerk for former Mississippi Court of Appeals Judge Leslie D. King; Special Prosecutor for the Madison County District Attorney’s Office; Labor and Employment Attorney with large regional law firms; and Diversity Management, Fair Employment Practice Consultant. Most recently, Wade served as an adjunct law professor at the University of Mississippi School of Law.

Attorney Wade is a member of the American Bar Association (Real Property, Trust and Estate Law), Elder Law College, National Association of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), Magnolia Bar Association, and Land Title Association of Mississippi (LTAMS). Active in her community, she serves as Chair of the Mississippi Center for Justice’s Board of Directors, in Jackson, MS and Secretary of the Board of Trustees for St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, in Ridgeland, MS. Wade is an inaugural and Board member of the Bessie Young Council of the University of Mississippi School of Law.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law

Bar Admissions

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


  • 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


  • Adjunct Law Professor, University of Mississippi School of Law, 2019

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
  • Land Title Association of Mississippi, Agent Member

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