Wade S. Kolb III member

Wade represents both plaintiffs and defendants in complex litigation in state and federal court. Since joining Wyche in the fall of 2011, Wade has had extensive experience in high-stakes commercial litigation, handling cases for major national and international corporations involved in antitrust, breach of contract, and trade secrets disputes. Wade is also a member of Wyche’s Environmental and Sustainability team and a regular contributor to the blog Environmental Matters.

Prior to joining Wyche, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Ed Carnes on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Wade worked as an English teacher for six years before law school, and he maintains an interest in education and education law, writing two articles in the field and helping advise clients of Wyche's education practice group.

Active in the community, Wade is a member of the Downtown Rotary Club and serves on the boards of the Carolina Youth Symphony, Friends of the Reedy River, and Greenville County First Steps.

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2010, J.D. Duke University School of Law, magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; Duke Journal of Constitutional Law and Public Policy, Executive Editor; Christian Legal Society, President; Education Law and Policy Society, Co-Chair
2001 Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Oxford, UK; Associate Student of Keble College, Oxford University
2000, B.A. University of South Carolina Honors College, magna cum laude; Carolina Scholar; Emily Dodge Clarke Prize in Religious Studies; Preston Residential College Government, Moderator, 1998–2000; Omicron Delta Kappa

Wade's recent experience includes:

  • Successful defense of a private college in an action seeking an injunction to block demolition of a college building.
  • Successfully defending a South Carolina county before the South Carolina Supreme Court in an action challenging the county's proposed sales tax referendum. The action was brought by the state attorney general and a state agency and involved matters of first impression under the Capital Project Sales Tax Act.
  • Obtaining two temporary restraining orders against a local business involved in a trade secrets dispute with a Fortune 500 client
  • Defending an international corporation against South Carolina antitrust and unfair trade practices claims
  • Defending a local business involved in a commercial foreclosure action
  • Successfully defending a manufacturer in an action seeking an injunction to block delivery of multi-million dollar equipment
  • Defending out-of-state public authority against claims brought under South Carolina and federal environmental laws
  • Reviewing general commercial contracts
  • Drafting a petition for a writ of certiorari before the United States Supreme Court concerning novel issues of federal jurisdiction under the Class Action Fairness Act
  • Successfully representing minority shareholders in an oppression action involving ownership interests in multi-million dollar corporations, resolved in favor of our clients through arbitration
2011-Present Wyche, P.A.
2010–11 Law Clerk, Hon. Ed Carnes, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
2001–07 Wilson Hall School, English teacher
  • United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, 2012
  • South Carolina Bar, 2012
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 2011
  • North Carolina Bar, 2010
  • Leadership Greenville, Class 41
  • Friends of the Reedy River, Board Member
  • Carolina Youth Symphony, Board Member
  • Greenville County First Steps, Board Member
  • Downtown Rotary Club, Board Member
  • Upstate Carolina Education Outreach, Board Member
  • Co-editor, Captured at Kings Mountain: The Journal of Uzal Johnson, a Loyalist Surgeon, University of South Carolina Press (2011); co-edited with Dr. Robert M. Weir
  • Author, Briggs v. Elliott Revisited: A Study in Grassroots Activism and Trial Advocacy from the Early Civil Rights Era, 19 Journal of Southern Legal History 123 (2011)
  • Author, When “Practicable” and “Feasible” May Mean “Mandatory”: The Rights of Limited English Proficient Parents, 41 School Law Bulletin 2 (Sept. 2010)
  • Author, Caperton v. Massey: The Due Process Implications of Contributions to Judicial Campaigns, 4 Duke Journal of Constitutional Law & Public Policy, Sidebar, 315 (2009)
  • “The Rights of Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Parents”; Annual School Board Attorneys' Conference, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, March 2010; School of Government, UNC-CH, August 2009
  • “Preventing Plagiarism in the Classroom”; SC Independent School Association Annual Teachers' Conference, October 2003
  • “The Limits of Resistance: Tyrannicide in Medieval Political Theory”; The Anglican Society, University of South Carolina, February 2002
2016 Named a "Rising Star" by South Carolina Super Lawyers
2014 Selected for Leadership Greenville, Class 41
2013 Named one of Greenville's "Best and Brightest 35 and Under" by Greenville Business Magazine