The Connecticut Bar Association (CBA) presented Robinson+Cole lawyer James A. Wade with the Edward F. Hennessey Professionalism Award during the organization’s annual awards celebration on April 12, 2018. Mr. Wade is a member of Robinson+Cole’s Business Litigation Group and has tried numerous criminal and civil cases across the United States during his legal career, which spans five decades.
The objective of the Edward F. Hennessey Professionalism Award is to recognize and honor a member of the Connecticut Bar whose career has manifested a dedication to the highest ideals and standards of the legal profession, so as to provide inspiration to other members of the bar and to honor the memory of Edward F. Hennessey, a lawyer at Robinson+Cole and close friend of Mr. Wade’s, whose 41 years at the bar exemplified the criteria of the award.
The recipient of the Edward F. Hennessey Professionalism Award must be a lawyer who has demonstrated such integrity, character, competence, ethics, civility, and mentoring over the course of his or her career as to inspire greater professionalism among lawyers and pride in their profession and who has enhanced the public's perception of the legal profession. Mr. Wade was selected based on nominations submitted to the CBA Professionalism and CLE Committee.
For more than twenty years, Mr. Wade served as outside counsel to the Connecticut Democratic Party, and he has represented three Connecticut governors in litigation. Mr. Wade has tried complex criminal and civil cases involving antitrust, securities fraud, government contracting fraud, mail fraud, and public corruption. He has been a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers since 1980.
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