On Sept. 11, 2001, the twin towers of the World Trade Center were destroyed, and thousands of American lives were lost. Wade Byrd banded together with hundreds of law yers around the countr y with one mission: To represent the families of the victims without any compensation. Over 1,745 claimants recovered $22 billion due to these free services.
Providing free legal services in special circumstances has been one hallmark of Byrd’s law practice. With over 45 years of experience and after leaving the Cumberland County District Attorney’s office in 197 7, Byrd’s calling has been handling and tr ying cases involving catastrophic injuries and wrongful death due to negligence. He is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in North Carolina, and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Byrd has received numerous honors over the years, most recently the War Horse Award from the Southern Trial Law yers, one of only three North Carolina attorneys to receive the award. He is a past president of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice and received the Walter Clark Award, their highest recognition. Byrd is a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers; Fellow of the American College of Trial Law yers (one of three lawyers from Fayetteville invited, along with the late Hal Broadfoot Sr. and Walker Y. Worth Jr. These awards and invitations to become a Fellow are given in recognition of extraordinar y contributions to the cause of justice, including the teaching of trial advocacy in North Carolina and around the country.
Byrd has served as president of the Fayetteville Kiwanis Club (recognized as an “Outstanding President” by Kiwanis International). A past president of the Fayetteville Academy Board of Trustees; has served as president of the Wake Forest Law School Alumnae Association; and as an elder at First Presbyterian Church where he sings in the choir along with his wife Daina.