Ritchie, Dillard, Davies & Johnson, P.C.

Wade V. Davies

After graduating with Bachelor of Arts in history from Pomona College in Claremont, Calif., Mr. Davies attended the University of Tennessee College of Law, graduating first in his class in 1993.

Mr. Davies has been with the firm since his first year at the University of Tennessee.  He became a partner in January 1999, and today serves as the firm's managing partner.

In his criminal defense practice Mr. Davies represents individuals at both the trial and appellate levels. His practice ranges from state court cases to the most complex federal matters. His civil practice includes an emphasis on representing individuals in litigation against the state and federal government and agencies. Mr. Davies represents doctors and other health care providers in criminal, civil and administrative cases. He has 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 Law Lawyers. Mr. Davies is named in The Best Lawyers in America. He has achieved the highest ranking given by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (AV). He is a graduate of the National Criminal Defense College. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association, Knoxville Bar Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He has been named a Master of the Bench of the Hamilton Burnett American Inn of Court.

His service as President of the Knoxville Bar Association in 2014 came after having served a full term on the KBA Board of Governors and Executive Committee. Mr. Davies has served two terms on the Board of Directors of TACDL. Mr. Davies has been appointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court to serve on the Board of Professional Responsibility and served two full terms. He is also the past Chair of the Helen Ross McNabb Center Board of Directors.

Bar Admissions:
Supreme Court of Tennessee, 1993
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee, 1994
U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1994
U.S. Supreme Court, 1993

Doctor of Jurisprudence, summa cum laude
University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, Tennessee, 1993

Bachelor of Arts, cum laude
Pomona College, Claremont, California, 1989
Major: History

Selected Publications:
"Practical Ethics," Tennessee Bar Journal, November 2016.

"Defining and Limiting the 'Community Caretaking' Exception," Tennessee Bar Journal, July 2016.

"Public Records as Evidence in Criminal Cases," Tennessee Bar Journal, March 2016. http://www.tba.org/journal/public-records-as-evidence-in-criminal-cases

"(Not) Summary Judgment," Tennessee Bar Journal, November 2015. http://www.tba.org/sites/default/files/journal_archives/2015/TBJ1115.pdf

"Attempting to Remedy the Erroneous Use of Microscopic Hair Comparison in Tennessee,"Tennessee Bar Journal, July 2015. http://www.tba.org/sites/default/files/journal_archives/2015/TBJ0715.pdf

"Legislative Initiatives on Privacy and Criminal Law," Tennessee Bar Journal, March 2015. http://www.tba.org/sites/default/files/journal_archives/2015/TBJ0315.pdf

"Is Our Capacity Diminished to Understand Diminished Capacity," Tennessee Bar Journal, November 2014, http://www.tba.org/journal/is-our-capacity-diminished-to-understand-diminished-capacity.

"Regrets," Dicta, President's Column, November 2014, http://www.knoxbar.org/images/DICTA.November.2014.pdf.

"(Alleged) Crime Doesn’t Pay (Lawyers)," Tennessee Bar Journal, July 2014, http://www.tba.org/journal/alleged-crime-doesn-t-pay-lawyers.

"Warrantless Entry of a Residence: Exigent Circumstances," Tennessee Bar Journal, March 2014, http://www.tba.org/journal/warrantless-entry-of-a-residence-exigent-circumstances.

"Indigent Defense, Mandatory Minimum Sentences and an Update," Tennessee Bar Journal, November 2013, http://www.tba.org/journal/indigent-defense-mandatory-minimum-sentences-and-an-update.

"Alternatives to Revocation of Judicial Diversion," Tennessee Bar Journal, July 2013, http://www.tba.org/journal/alternatives-to-revocation-of-judicial-diversion.

"Preventing Ineffective Assistance of Counsel: Advice Regarding Plea Offers," Tennessee Bar Journal, March 2013, http://www.tba.org/journal/preventing-ineffective-assistance-of-counsel-advice-regarding-plea-offers .

"Confronting Expert Testimony," Tennessee Bar Journal, Vol. 48, No.11, November 2012, http://www.tba.org/journal/confronting-expert-testimony.

"Electronic Monitoring: GPS, Computer & Telephone Searches," For the Defense, Vol. 26, No. 4, September/October 2012, http://www.tacdl.com.

"Can We Talk? Inadvertent Admissions During Negotiations in Criminal Cases," Tennessee Bar Journal, July 20Preliminary12, http://www.tba.org/journal/can-we-talk-inadvertent-admissions-during-negotiations-in-criminal-cases.

"Confrontation Clause and Hearing Post-Crawford," Dicta, April 2012 (cover article).

"Criminal Investigation During a Traffic Stop," Tennessee Bar Journal, vol. 48, no. 3, March 2012.

"Educating the Public About the Disciplinary System," Dicta, March 2012 (cover article).

"Protecting the Attorney Client Privilege for Detained or Incarcerated Clients" Tennessee Bar Journal, November 2011.

"Put it in Writing? Effective Judgement of Aquittal Motions" Tennessee Bar Journal, July 2011.

"The Effective Use of Subpoenas in General Sessions Court" Tennessee Bar Journal, March 2011.

"The 2011 Amendments to the Rules of Professional Responsibility: Affirming the Privilege of Self-Regulation," DICTA, January 2011.

"Upjohn Warnings: Best Practices and Tennessee Ethical Requirements," Tennessee Bar Journal, November 2010.

"White Collar Crime 2009" DICTA, 2009

"Computer Forensics -- How To Obtain and Analyze Electronic Evidence," The Champion, Vol. XXVII, No. 5 June, 2003

"Supreme Court Clears the Way for Parallel Criminal & Civil Proceedings," (Co-Author with Robert W. Ritchie), Hospital Law Newsletter, Vol. 15, No. 12 October, 1998

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:
Tennessee Law Institute, Fall 2016.

Tennessee Law Institute, Fall 2015.

Tennessee Law Institute, Fall 2014, lectures in Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and Evidence.

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, 12/12/12.

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

Professional Associations, Memberships and Service:
Knoxville Bar Association, American College of Trial Lawyers
President 2014

Knoxville Bar Association, 2007 - 2009
Board of Governors

Knoxville Bar Association, 1994 - Present

Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Board of Directors, 2 Terms

American Bar Association, 1994 - Present

Tennessee Bar Association, 1994 - Present

Tennessee Bar Association, 2007 - Present
Editorial Board

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1994 - Present

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

Tennessee Bar Foundation, Member 2014

Knoxville Bar Foundation – 2011-present