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Wade Herring is a partner in the Savannah office. Representing businesses and management, Wade’s practice focuses on all aspects of employment problems and issues, including internal employment practices, wage/hour issues, drug testing, sexual harassment, equal employment opportunity, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and employee benefits.

Wade is admitted to practice in the Georgia Supreme Court, the Georgia Court of Appeals, the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Eleventh and Fifth Circuits, and the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Middle, and Northern Districts of Georgia. He is a fellow of both the American Bar Association and the Lawyers Foundation of Georgia.

Wade has published articles in the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association Journal, the Fulton County Daily Report, and the Mercer Law Review. He is also a frequent speaker on employment law topics, bringing a sense of humor and practical solutions to audiences of business and human resources managers.

Wade is involved in many charitable and civic organizations. He is a past president of the Savannah Bar Association, a past president of the Savannah East Rotary, and past chair of the board of trustees of Savannah Country Day School. He previously served on the Chatham-Savannah Citizen Advocacy board as chair of the Ways and Means Committee and remains involved on an as-needed basis with the organization. Wade served a three year term on the Dartmouth Alumni Council and as Dartmouth Class of 1980 secretary for fifteen years. He is currently treasurer of the University of Georgia Law School Alumni Association Council.

Wade received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Dartmouth College in 1980 and his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Georgia in 1983. At Dartmouth, he was Phi Beta Kappa. He was a Woodruff Scholar and a member of the Order of the Coif at Georgia. Following law school, Wade clerked for two years, from 1983 to 1985, for the Honorable Dudley H. Bowen, Jr., Judge, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Georgia.

Representative Engagements

  • Wylie v. Denton, 323 Ga. App. 161 (2013):  Reversing the trial court, the Court of Appeals held, as a matter of law, that former bank tellers did not have claims against their former employer and supervisor for racketeering or fraud. Moreover, on remand, the ex-employees were to state their claim for defamation with greater specificity, providing specific facts about the content and context of the alleged statements.
  • Wagner v. Murphy Oil USA, Inc., 139 Fed. Appx. 131 (11th Cir. 2005):  Jury verdict for the defendant in FLSA case affirming that that former store manager was properly classified for wage/hour purposes and therefore exempt from overtime.
  • Caley v. Gulfstream Aero. Corp., 333 F. Supp. 2d 1367 (N.D. Ga. 2004), aff’d, 428 F.3d 1359 (11th Cir. 2005), cert. denied, 547 U.S. 1128 (2006):  The defendant company’s handbook established an alternative dispute resolution process culminating in arbitration. The district court granted defendants’ motion to compel arbitration and dismissed the cases without prejudice. The Eleventh Circuit affirmed, and the Supreme Court denied certiorari.
  • Keener v. Convergys Corp., 205 F. Supp. 2d 1374 (S.D. Ga. 2002), question certified to Georgia Supreme Court, 312 F.3d 1236 (11th Cir. 2002), certified question answered, 276 Ga. 808 (2003), aff’d in part and rev’d in part, 342 F.3d 1264 (11th Cir. 2003):  The district court enjoined enforcement of the non-compete agreement that the defendant company had required its former employee, HunterMaclean’s client, to sign during his time with the company. The Eleventh Circuit suggested that the Georgia Supreme Court should change Georgia law, but the Supreme Court declined.
  • Counts v. American General Life and Accident Ins. Co., 111 F.3d 105 (11th Cir. 1997):  The Eleventh Circuit affirmed the district court’s grant of summary judgment for the defendant in this ERISA case involving the denial of long-term disability benefits.
  • Brown v Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., 85 Fair Empl. Prac. Cas. 1046 (S. D. Ga. 2001):  Eleventh Circuit affirmed dismissal of the case after plaintiffs had voluntary requested dismissal to revisit administrative remedies with the EEOC, but the EEOC declined to accept jurisdiction. When plaintiffs attempted to reopen the case, the district court agreed that the Title VII race claims were barred by limitations period.
  • Finn v. Great Dane Trailers, Inc., 67 Empl. Prac. Dec. ¶43, 772 (S.D. Ga. Oct. 6, 1995):  Summary judgment for defendant in this age and reverse discrimination (white male) case.
  • EBM Group Corp. v. Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., 145 F.R.D. 8 (D.D.C. 1992):  The district court granted defendant’s motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction.
  • Savage v. Jefferson-Pilot Life Ins. Co., 1991 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16521 (S.D. Ga. Oct. 28, 1991):  Court granted defendant’s motion for summary judgment because the plaintiff had misrepresented her status as a smoker on her application for life insurance.
  • Jones v. Westside-Urban Health Center, Inc., 771 F. Supp. 359 (S.D. Ga. 1991):  After a jury verdict for the defendant in this Equal Pay Act and sex discrimination case, the district court denied the plaintiff’s motion for a new trial.


HunterMaclean Critical Issues Forum on Logistics

The 2013 HunterMaclean Critical Issues Forum addressed the logistics industry, which is a major economic engine for the port cities of Savannah and Brunswick and for the entire state of Georgia.  A moderated panel addressed global competitiveness, infrastructure, technology, human resources, workforce needs, and much more.  Includes a 3-minute highlight video and link to a video of the full 1-hour program.

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Flying High: Firm Protects Gulfstream's Dispute Resolution Policy

One of Savannah’s largest employers, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, markets, services and supports the world’s most technologically advanced business-jet aircraft. HunterMaclean attorneys have worked with Gulfstream since it first moved to Savannah in 1967 with the encouragement and support of the late Malcolm R. Maclean, then a HunterMaclean partner and former Savannah mayor.

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Holding Court: Firm Supports Award-Winning Moot Court Team

HunterMaclean proudly sponsors Armstrong Atlantic State University’s Moot Court Team, making it possible for Savannah-area undergraduates to compete and win at regional and national tournaments.

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Sweet Success: HunterMaclean Supports Byrd Cookie Company Growth

Byrd Cookie Company began as a small family-owned business in Savannah, Ga., in 1924 and has since earned its reputation as a national leader in the specialty food industry with products in stores nationwide.  Over the past 26 years, HunterMaclean has guided Byrd Cookie Company through critical stages of business expansion.

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