Judge Ed Wade Courtroom: 12-A
Bailiff: Shirlee A. Moss
Phone: (216) 664-4979
Ed Wade is no stranger to any courtroom in Cleveland. Over his almost 40 year career, mostly as a defense attorney, Mr. Wade was elected to the Cleveland Municipal Court on November 5, 2013, replacing Judge Charles Bauernschmidt, who was appointed by Governor John Kasich to fill the vacancy created by the election of Judge Michael John Ryan to Juvenile Court.
“I have handled cases from jaywalking to murder and have always been a strong advocate for justice, no matter the race, creed, or issues of the case,” said Judge Wade.
“It is my belief that our justice system only works when the community believes that the justice system is fair to all who come before it. Because I have experience with both sides of the justice system, I believe I will be able to serve our community fairly and administer justice even-handedly,” said Judge Wade.
A lifelong resident of Cleveland, Judge Wade is a product of the Cleveland Public School system. After graduating from Glenville High School, he joined the military and was deployed to Vietnam, later earning several distinctions, including the Vietnam Service Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal.
Upon receiving an honorable discharge from the military, Judge Wade obtained an Associates of Arts and Science degree from Cuyahoga Community College, a Bachelors Degree from the University of Dayton and a Jurist Doctor Degree from the Howard University School of Law in Washington D.C.
Working as a City Prosecutor and as a private practice criminal defense lawyer in the City of Cleveland, Judge Wade handled noteworthy cases in Cleveland and around the country. Since he can speak and write Spanish, he was able to argue cases that took him all the way to Puerto Rico and Spain. To further enhance his litigation skills, he completed both the basic and advanced courses given by the National Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.
“I wanted to be the best I could be for my clients,” he said.
Judge Wade believes his knowledge of the judicial system and steadfast belief in fundamental fairness has earned him the respect of his peers, court magistrates, and many Judges in the Municipal, Common Pleas, and Federal courts.
“My experience has provided me with a unique understanding of the justice system. I am certain that I can serve our community’s interest in the fair administration of justice,” he said.