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  • Criminal Defense & White Collar Investigations
  • Representation of Professionals in Licensure & Discipline Matters
  • Managing Partner, RDJS
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Past President, Knoxville Bar Association
  • Columnist on Criminal Law, Tennessee Bar Journal
Best Lawyers Badge Wade Davies
Best Lawyers Badge Wade Davies

Mr. Davies attended Pomona College in Claremont, CA where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in history before attending the University of Tennessee College of Law. During his first year in law school, he joined the firm and went on to graduate first in his class in 1993. Mr. Davies became a partner at RDJS in early 1999, and is now the managing partner at the firm.

Mr. Davies represents his clients at both trial and appellate levels in his criminal defense practice, offering legal assistance for everything from state court cases to complicated federal trials. In his civil practice, Mr. Davies focuses on litigation against both federal and state government and agencies. He has provided representation for attorneys and healthcare professionals in civil, criminal, and administrative matters. He has also served as an expert witness on the standards for defense counsel in criminal cases.

Mr. Davies is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America. He has been honored with Martindale-Hubbell® Law Directory’s highest ranking (AV) and is a graduate of the National Criminal Defense College. He is a member of numerous organizations, including the Knoxville Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association, and the American Bar Association, as well as the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Additionally, Mr. Davies has been named a Master of the Bench of the Hamilton Burnett American Inn of Court.

After serving a full term on the KBA Board of Governors and Executive Committee, Mr. Davies served as President of the Knoxville Bar Association in 2014. He has served several terms on the Board of Directors of TACDL and currently serves as Treasurer. The Tennessee Supreme Court appointed Mr. Davies to the Board of Professional Responsibility, where he served two full terms. Additionally, he served three terms as Chair of the McNabb Center Board of Directors.


Selected Publications:

Selected Cases:

  • United States v. Timothy Parkes, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 09-6525 (February 2, 2012), (reversing bank fraud conviction with instructions to enter judgment of acquittal).
  • National Parks Conservation Association v. Tennessee Valley Authority, 480 F.3d 410 (6th Cir. 2007)
  • United States v. Frost, 125 F.3d 346 (6th Cir. 1997)
  • United States v. Huguenin, 154 F.3d 457 (6th Cir. 1998)
  • United States v. Valentine, 63 F.3d 459 (6th Cir. 1997)
  • State of Tennessee v. Butler, 955 S.W.2d 78 (Tenn. Crim. App 1996)
  • State of Tennessee v. Easterly, 77 S.W.3d 226 (Tenn. Crim. App. 2002)
  • State of Tennessee v. Gomez, et al, 239 S.W.3d 733 (Tenn. Crim. App. 2007)

Taught Seminars:

  • Board of Professional Responsibility Ethics Workshop, Nov. 2023, speaker on ethics and criminal law. 
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers DUI Seminar, Ethics, Oct. 2023.
  • Tennessee Law Institute, 2011 – 2023, lectured on yearly developments in Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and Evidence.
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Capital Defense Seminar, March 10, 2022.
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, “Judgment of Acquittal,” May 6, 2021.
  • University of Tennessee Right to Counsel Symposium, Panel, October 31, 2014.
  • “Ethical Issues in Criminal Law,” Tennessee Bar Association General Practice Fast Track, August 22, 2014.
  • Tennessee Law Institute, September 12-13, October 3-4, October 17-18, November 7-8, November 21-22, December 12-13, 2013.
  • “Computer Crime/Identity Theft,” Tennessee Bar Association, White Collar Crime Seminar, December, 12, 2012.
  • Tennessee Law Institute, September 6-7, 20-21, October 4, 18-19, November 1-2, December 6-7, 2012.
  • “Electronic Monitoring: GPS, Computer & Telephone Searches,” Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Annual Meeting, August 2012.
  • “Professional Responsibility and Ethics for Government Attorneys,” TVA, December 16, 2011.
  • “Practical and Legal Implications of a Digital Trial,” Knoxville Bar Association, October 27, 2011.
  • “Criminal Law/ Criminal Procedure,” Tennessee Law Institute, December 13, 2011, November 17, 2011, November 3, 2011, October 13, 2011, October 6, 2011, September 13, 2011.
  • “Health Care Fraud Defense,” East Tennessee Health Care Fraud Working Group, September 28, 2011.
  • “Drafting the Suppression Motion,” Federal Defender Services, Eastern District of Tennessee, September 1, 2011.
  • “Search & Seizure: Federal Developments,” TACDL, June 24, 2011
  • “Ethics in Pretrial Publicity,” Tennessee Bar Association, December 6, 2010.
  • “Media Panel,” Inn of Court, September 16, 2010.
  • “Practical Applications from Gant,” TACDL Round Table, 2010
  • “Corporate Investigations and White Collar Crimes: Identity Theft,” Knoxville Bar Association, 2008
  • TACDL Ethics Seminar, December 11, 2009
  • “Defense Experts Identification Section & Teamwork,” Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2008
  • “The Criminal Defense Trial From Start to Finish,” National Business Institute, 2007
  • “Practical Lessons Not Taught in Law School,” Tennessee Bar Association, 2007
  • “Practical Lessons from a Master: Bob Ritchie and the Little Things That Matter in the Practice of Criminal Law,” Tennessee Bar Association, 2006 “Little Things Mean A Lot: Practice Tips,” Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2004
  • “When OIG Comes Knocking,” Tennessee Bar Association Health Law Forum, 2004
  • “Warrantless Searches,” Federal Defender Services of Knoxville, 2002
  • “Ethical Resources for the Zealous Advocate,” TN Public Defender’s Conference Annual Meeting, 1999

Honors and Awards:

  • Graduate, National Criminal Defense College, 1997
  • Robert W. Ritchie Award for Service to Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2008
  • Named the Best Lawyers®  2024 Criminal Defense: White-Collar “Lawyer of the Year” in Knoxville

Professional Associations, Memberships & Service:

  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Knoxville Bar Association, President 2014
  • Knoxville Bar Association, 2007 – 2009, Board of Governors
  • Knoxville Bar Association, 1994 –Present, Member
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Board of Directors, 2 Terms
  • American Bar Association, 1994 – Present, Member
  • Tennessee Bar Association, 1994 – Present, Member
  • Tennessee Bar Association, 2007 – Present, Editorial Board
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1994 – Present, Member
  • Hamilton Burnett American Inn of Court, 2004 – Present, Master of the Bench, Emeritus
  • Tennessee Board Professional Responsibility, 2008 – 2011, Hearing Committee Member
  • Tennessee Board of Law Examiners, 2010 – 2014, Assistant Examiner
  • Member, Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee, 2011 – 2016
  • Helen Ross McNabb Center, Inc., Board Member Chair 2015, 2021 – 2023
  • Tennessee Bar Foundation, Member 2014
  • Knoxville Bar Foundation, 2011 – present