Stephen B. Wade

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Stephen B. Wade
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Skelton, Taintor & Abbott
95 Main Street
Auburn, Maine 04210
207.784.3200
swade@sta-law.com

Steve Wade is a shareholder of the firm of Skelton Taintor & Abbott in Auburn, Maine. He has served as the firm's hiring partner and has served on the firm's management committee. Steve concentrates his practice in the areas of:

Steve has devoted his 30-year career to representing people dealing with suffering and loss as a result of the carelessness of others. He has represented thousands of individuals, each of whom has experienced a traumatic event that has resulted in their injury or in the death of a loved one.

Steve is one of Maine’s top trial lawyers and an invited member of some of the most prestigious trial lawyer organizations in the world: The International Society of Barristers, an honor society of trial lawyers chosen by their peers on the basis of excellence and integrity in advocacy. Presently, there are three in Maine. Steve presently sits on the Board of Governors of the International Society of Barristers. The Academy of Trial Advocacy, a group who selects those who are regarded by peers in the personal injury bar as among the most ethical and accomplished trial attorneys in their respective states (presently there are four in Maine).

He has been named in Best Lawyers® in America since 2008 and is listed in the areas of personal injury, medical malpractice, insurance and products liability. In 2017 Best Lawyers awarded Steve Lawyer of the Year in insurance law. In 2016 Best Lawyers awarded Steve Lawyer of the Year in product liability.

He also has been listed in New England Super Lawyers since 2007.  He holds an AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating in the distinguished legal directory, Martindale-Hubbell®*, the highest possible rating for both competency and ethics.  He is also rated by Chambers & Partners which is an independent, international lawyer rating organization based in London, England.  They rank lawyers and law firms around the world based on the research of 150 full time editors and researchers.  They conduct in-depth interviews of lawyers and clients in Maine to come up with their ratings.  They have listed Steve as a "leader in the field." Steve is a former president of the Androscoggin County Bar Association.

Steve is also board-certified as a civil trial specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Board certification requires passing a vigorous written examination and demonstrated experience in the courtroom.

Among his interests is teaching trial skills to other attorneys. He has been invited to teach trial advocacy at national trial colleges by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy of Boulder, Colorado for a number of years. He has also lectured and written at state level lawyer seminars and in lawyer publications in such areas as product liability, professional liability, insurance coverage and litigation.

Steve is admitted to practice in all Maine courts, as well as the Maine U.S. District Court and the First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

Born in Rumford, Maine, Steve received his B.S. in engineering, cum laude, from the University of New Hampshire and his law degree, cum laude, from Western Michigan University, Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Steve was an Eagle Scout as a boy and is active in local nonprofit entities.

*AV® Preeminent™ is a certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.

The Best Lawyers in America® 2010. Copyright 2009 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC.

Areas of Practice: Personal Injury, Product Liability, Medical Malpractice

Admitted to the Bar: Maine, 1980; Michigan, 1981; U.S. District Court, Maine, 1981; U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 1988

Education: University of New Hampshire, B.S., 1976, cum laude; Western Michigan University, Thomas M. Cooley School of Law, 1980, cum laude.

Memberships:Maine State Bar Association, Androscoggin County Bar Association, Maine Trial Lawyers Association, The Academy of Trial Advocacy, International Society of Barristers.