Vangela M. Wade



Practice Areas

  • Family Law


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.


  • 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

Classes & Seminars

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

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 to 2011

Past Positions

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

Professional Associations

  • 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 to 2011
  • Leadership Jackson Alumni Association, Class of 1999-2000, Past Inaugural Member
  • Mississippi Supreme Court Task Force on Gender Fairness, 1998 to 2009
  • American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law, Law School Student Outreach Coordinator, 2002 to 2008
  • Operation Shoestring, Past Member, Board of Directors
  • Land Title Association of Mississippi, Agent Member

Bar Admissions

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

Current Employment Position

  • Attorney


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