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 in 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 Top Performer in 2016, 2017, 2020, and 2021.  

Joined LCLD 2011

Highlights of LCLD Participation 

Fellows Program

Hosted Leadership Lunch (2014)
Fellows nominated:
2022: Sang Shin; 2021: Jesse Lotay; 2020: Jamila Brinson; 2019: Marisela Pena Gonzalez; 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:
2022: Gaby Rawlings, Gracie Garcia; 2021: Josue Galvan, Eric Wong; 2020: Jeremy Sheng, Amanda Crouch; 2019: Shelisa Brock, Earl Latchley; 2018: Judy Bennett Garner, Lindsey Moorhead; 2017: Shari Yihsin Mao; 2016: James McFall

1L LCLD Scholars Program
Scholars hosted:
2022: Daniel Salas, Antonio Partida, Mica Beckmann, Valeria Velazquez-Michel, Harris Scott, Elise Zappia, Annabel Wei, Raymond Alonso, Emory Thompson, Mayson O'Brien, Anne Adams, Lauren Engelbrecht, Tyree Harriott, Yusra Salama, Peyton Fulgium, Valorie Marks; 2021: Mikaela Johnson, Christina Morrison, Priya Suri, Maddie Felts, Paige Welch, Caitlin Ferrell; 2020: Sheela Ranganathan, Anais Stevens, Kristen Pena, Caroline Capili, Graeme Hawkins, Alex Leseney, Shayan Gaziani, Anabelle Copeland, Samantha Rohloff, Baker Howry, Mackenzie Chakara; 2019: Javier Gonzalez, Aisha Ibrahim, Devangi Jajal; 2018: Tori Blue Coates, Huey Fischer, Ricardo Gilb, Marlena Gutierrez, Alison Ibendahl, Elizabeth Lajayi, Miranda Stuart Morton, Rachel Saunders, Tiara Seals, Rina Chelsea So; 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: 2021, 2020, 2019, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012

Annual Meeting (2016, 2015)
Leadership Summit (2018)

Member: C. Wade Cooper

Diversity Professionals: Suzan Kedron, Chad Cole

Communications: Ben Alexander