Managing Partner, Jackson Walker LLP


Wade Cooper joined Jackson Walker in 1981, established the firm’s Austin office in 1997, and became Managing Partner of the firm 2010. He is also Chair of the firm’s Management and Compensation committees. Wade is Chair of the Regional Transportation Authority in Austin and sits on the Board of Directors of the Boy Scouts’ Capitol Area Council.

Jackson Walker is one of the top five firms in Texas for diversity, with strong representation of women and minorities among associates and partners. 

“Today, nearly half of our associates are women and more than a quarter are minorities,” Wade writes on the firm’s website. “However, even those statistics don’t fully capture the rich variety of backgrounds and experiences that our colleagues represent.” In 2014 the firm earned the Thomas L. Sager Award from the Minority Corporate Counsel Association.

Jackson Walker was named an LCLD Most Active Member Law Firm in 2016 and 2017.  

Joined LCLD 2011

Highlights of LCLD Participation 

Fellows Program

Hosted Leadership Lunch (2014)
Fellows nominated:
2018: Jorge A. Padilla; 2017: Nate St. Clair; 2016: Marlene C. Williams; 2015: JoAnn Dalrymple; 2014: L. Suzan Kedron; 2013: Christopher R. Mugica

Pathfinder Program
Pathfinders selected:
2017: Shari Yihsin Mao; 2016: James McFall

1L LCLD Scholars Program
Scholars hosted:
2017: Brittany Bolden, Valery Piedra, Diego Pacheco Poo, Yenmi Tang; 2016: David Holmes, Karl Jackson; 2015: Ethan McMahon; 2014: Devanshi Somaya; 2013: Shelisa Brock, Eron Reid; 2012: Sushant Mohan

Success in Law School Mentoring Program
Mentors provided: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012

Annual Meeting (2016, 2015)

Member: C. Wade Cooper

Diversity Professionals: Bruce Ruzinsky, Alesia Foster