Grand Rapids Attorneys & Counselors


44 Grandville Avenue SW, Suite 200 Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503

D. Wade McConnell

Education & Honors

  • Aquinas College, Bachelor of Arts with Dual Major in History and Political Science (1998)
  • Wayne State University, Juris Doctorate, cum laude (2001)
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2009, 2010, 2011, & 2012 Michigan Rising Stars listing in Super Lawyers magazine in the field of Business Litigation.

Practice Concentrations

Wade is an experienced litigator practicing in the areas of Business and Commercial Litigation, Real Estate disputes, Employment-related litigation, Construction litigation, Collection issues, and Divorce and Family Law.

Wade has litigated all types of business-related matters.  He has successfully represented clients dealing with issues involving partnership disputes, complex contract disputes, and employer-employee non-competes and unfair competition-related matters.  He has handled complicated business-collection cases in multiple settings including pursuit of debtors fraudulently transferring assets to avoid business-creditors.  He has extensive experience protecting secured creditors and their collateral.

Wade also has experience representing clients in real estate disputes.  He has helped commercial real estate clients evict tenants, pursue past due rent and deal with disputes over commercial leases.  He has successfully represented multiple Lake Michigan waterfront property owners in problems involving boundaries, adverse possession claims, and riparian and other rights.  Wade has helped enforce real estate purchase agreements for both the buyer and the seller.

Finally, Wade focuses a significant portion of his practice representing individuals in Divorce and Family Law.  He has represented all sorts of people from all sorts of backgrounds including homemakers, doctors, military professionals, business owners, teachers, sales people, accountants, real estate developers and agents, electricians, bankers, professional managers, retirees, and general laborers.  Because he has so much experience in representing such a diverse background of clients, he is able to help his clients through a difficult experience by fitting their specific situation to an expedited and good result.  Whether that means protecting custody and visitation rights, guarding a business, dealing with complex valuation and tax issues, making sure adequate support is received, or ensuring a fair division of property and debts, Wade is only focused on his clients’ interests, legal rights, and the results.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Member State Bar of Michigan
  • Admitted to Practice Law in Federal Court, in the Western and Eastern Districts of Michigan
  • Member of Grand Rapids Bar Association
  • Member of both Michigan and Grand Rapids Bar Litigation Sections
  • Member of both Michigan and Grand Rapids Family Law Sections
  • Board of Directors for Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids and member of the board's Executive Committee
  • Former Member and President of Business Networking International (BNI)
  • Former Member and Vice-Chair of Gilda’s Club - Club Red
  • Member and former officer of Grand Rapids Bar Solo/Small Firm Section



Wade resides in Cascade Township with this wife, Nicole, and his three children, Addison, Emmerson,and Grant. In his free time, you’ll likely find Wade on a golf course. He also enjoys exercising, pick-up basketball, fantasy football, and vacationing on cruises.

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