If you are hiring me and my team, you should know about my background, who I am and why that can be helpful to you.
First, you should know the most important thing in my life is my family. I'm happily married with five children, and my children have grown up with my law practice. In fact, you might have seen them in my office during their younger years - cleaning, doing repairs, fixing computers. Today, two of my children live on their own, two are in college, and the youngest is in high school.
I met my wife at a church picnic, and we still attend that church today. I have a private pilot's license and I am instrument rated. I grew up in upstate New York in a rural area on a dairy farm. I am the son of fourth generation dairy farmers. In addition to farm work with my Dad and Grandfather, tending the livestock, repairing machinery, building barns, tool sheds and working the fields, my brothers and I had a paper route. We delivered the Syracuse Herald Journal seven days a week.
After high school, I attended and graduated from the State University of New York at Morrisville with an Associate of Arts degree, then proceeded to the State University of New York at Buffalo and obtained a Bachelors of Arts. I graduated from law school at the State University of New York at Buffalo, receiving a Juris Doctor, Cum Laude. I was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1989, the District of Columbia Bar in 2008, Michigan Bar in 2015, and the New York Bar in 2015.
So what else? Well, after life on the farm I spent some time in politics. In the late 70's and early 80's, I served in various capacities for state, local and congressional campaigns. In Washington, D.C. I was on the staff of Hon. Gerald B. Solomon, Congressman from Glens Falls, New York. I also served on the campaign staff of Hon. George C. Wortley, Congressman from Syracuse, New York.
I am particularly proud of my military service. I served in the United States Army, Infantry, 1/41st Infantry Battalion, 2nd Armored Division, Fort Hood, Texas under the Command of Lt. Colonel Franklin W. Trapnell, Jr. Remarkably, thanks to the internet, even today I keep in touch with some of the men who then were a part of my everday life.
My legal career began with a large commercial law firm. My work included handling legal matters on behalf of the Resolution Trust Corporation, products liability, directors and officers liability, and other commercial matters. In 1991, I formed Coye Law Firm (then known as Law Office of Wade Coye) as a consumer-focused practice handling personal injury, workers' compensation, wrongful death, and insurance claims. I was an early adapter of computer technology and the Internet, appearing on one of the first national lists of lawyers using the Internet in 1994.
I feel privileged and honored to have had the opportunity to work with clients who have received outstanding results in a variety of different types of legal cases. Cases have included successful suits against a major theme park in the Orlando area, utiltities, construction companies and major insurance carriers. My team and I have obtained million dollar recoveries in catastrophic injury cases and have successfully handled appeals to the First and Fifth District Court of Appeals as well as the Florida Supreme Court. We work hard on client matters and I have always taken pride in giving our clients the best result possible. No question, not every case ends the way we would like it to, and I don't believe in hiding problems in cases that are insurmountable to a clients final result. Unfortunately, sometimes I have to be the one to deliver bad news and it's one of the hardest things for me to do in my law practice to let someone know that we can't help them or that the law and facts will simply not allow the result that we would like. Nevertheless, I know our efforts in thousands of cases have delivered results above and beyond my clients expectations and that is our goal.
Finally, you should also know about my team at Coye Law Firm. I believe the team you select and work with are critical to success. Many people in the office have been with me for years. For example, my partner Dan Smith started with me as an undergraduate intern, continued through law school and has been with me ever since. He actually lives about three doors down from me. Dan is a first-rate legal talent with outstanding passion and drive for our clients (he graduated from undergraduate school with a perfect 4.0 grade point average). My associate, Amber Williams, started as an undergraduate receiving her degree in economics, then continued to work and obtained both her law degree and an MBA. The others in my office have many of the same characteristics. They started working while in school, and have been ever here since as a part of our team-based efforts to obtain the best results possible. Typically, when we intake a new matter there are usually 2-5 team members who are involved in some capacity or another in working to achieve the success our clients deserve in their legal cases. We know that sometimes the wheels of justice move slowly and quick results in hard cases rarely achieve a great result.