The Team

For more than 20 years, Wade has litigated cases in state and federal courts across the country. Having tried more than 300 criminal cases, he has earned a reputation for being a highly skilled litigator and is well known for his thorough, aggressive, and strategic defense of his clients. In addition to his trial experience, Wade has successfully litigated more than 100 post-conviction and appellate cases. Wade received his Juris Doctor from George Mason University School of Law and his Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Florida. Wade is currently a member of the Florida and National Associations of Criminal Defense Attorneys, the American Bar Association, and the Ferguson–White Inn of Court. Wade is admitted to practice in all Florida state and federal courts, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the state of Colorado. Mr. Whidden is also of counsel to McCarty-Gonzalez, Pavlidis & Whidden, LLC, a litigation firm based in Tampa, Florida.
Since 1997, Karen has devoted the majority of her practice to appellate and post-conviction litigation. As an Assistant Attorney General, Karen briefed and argued more than 25 death penalty cases before the state supreme court and various lower courts. In addition to her appellate experience, Karen litigated hundreds of criminal cases as a prosecutor for the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office through and including trial. Karen received her Juris Doctor from the University of Tennessee College of Law and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Richmond. In addition to being licensed to practice law in Florida, Georgia, and Texas, Karen is also licensed to practice in the United States Supreme Court. Karen