Mr. Wadley is the third senior member of the firm with 30 years tenure. He is a Tampa native who attended Auburn University for his undergraduate education, and Stetson University College of Law. He received his law degree from Stetson in 1981. He received Board Certification status in criminal law in 1994. He was elected President of the Pinellas County Criminal Trial Lawyers Association in 1996.
In 1998, he received board certification in criminal trial practice from the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification. Beginning in the early 1990’s and for over ten years, Mr. Wadley was qualified by the criminal administrative judge in Pinellas County to defend capital murder cases and was on the court appointed attorney list for capital crimes. During this time period, he was also a Criminal Justice Act (CJA) panel attorney, defending federal prosecutions in the District Court for the Middle District of Florida.
Mr. Wadley has extensive trial experience in criminal cases ranging from DUIs to first degree murders, and complex, white-collar crimes such as federal bank fraud and money laundering cases. Mr. Wadley also has tried civil cases, such car accident injury claims and police misconduct. Mr.Wadley has written and argued appellate briefs at the state and federal level, with appearances at the Second and Fifth District Court of Appeals in Florida and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Miami and Atlanta.
Mr. Wadley has been honored with an AV Pre-eminent rating by Martindale Hubbell and has been so rated since 2002. Tampa Bay Magazine declared him one of the Best Lawyers in Tampa Bay in 2010. He is the lead litigation trial lawyer in the firm and oversees all aspects of litigation from preparation through trial.
Mr. Wadley is a member of The Florida Bar, American Justice Association, Florida Justice Association, American Bar Association, St. Petersburg Bar Association and the Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers.