Wade S Church

Wade S Church

Burlingame, California

After 4 years of service in the Air Force during the Vietnam Era I spent the next 25 years going to sea in the Merchant Marine. During that time earned a degree in Biological Science from the University of Minnesota. Worked as a graduate research assistant while sailing onboard a research vessel in Antarctica.

I had always been intrigued by the law and took the bold step of beginning law school the year I turned 50. Working as a paralegal during school prepared me for the reality of the practice of law that is a rude awakening for many newly graduated lawyers. Now that I am a practicing plaintiff’s attorney in the State of California, my years of experience are a benefit to my clients. My unique perspective gives me the ability to look at issues from all sides; the legal and the practical. As a consummate pragmatist I appreciate the stress of having to seek legal services for any matter, size makes no difference. All my clients receive the same level of attention I have always devoted to any endeavor; crossing the open ocean in a storm or attending law school as the oldest member of my class.

Areas of Practice

  • 50% Bankruptcy
  • 20% General litigation
  • 10% Personal injury
  • 10% Maritime
  • 10% Mortgage fraud

Litigation Percentage

  • 50% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2008
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 2010


  • San Francisco Law School, San Francisco, California
    • J.D. cum laude - 2006
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • B.S.
    • Honors: With High Honors
    • Major: Biological Science

Professional Associations and Memberships


Past Employment Positions

  • Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Walsh, Paralegal/Attorney, 2000 - 2009

Pro Bono Activities

  • Association for the Preservation of the Presidential Yacht POTOMAC, 2003 - Present


  • Spanish