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Vital expertise for what matters.

Wade works creatively with business owners, farmers and families to provide practical solutions and positive results. With a focus on business and farm succession planning, corporate law and governance, finance, estate planning and probate and forming LLCs and partnerships, Wade serves as an experienced, trusted legal advisor and counselor to numerous business owners and their families.

Planning is a delicate process of balancing family dynamics, tax laws and business sustainability which demands technical expertise along with careful thought and wisdom. Wade knows how to strategically structure, negotiate and document the planning transactions his clients need to take their business operations to the next level. One of Wade’s proudest efforts was crafting the joint venture between the Blackhawks and the Bulls to construct the United Center in Chicago. He also helped shepherd the new Minnesota LLC Act through to adoption in 2015.

Wade leads Gislason & Hunter’s Estate Planning Practice Group and is active in several professional organizations including the MSBA Partnership/LLC Committee and the MSBA Business Law Section Council. He is a dedicated Blackhawks hockey and Twins baseball fan and serves in Lutheran church congregations and other community organizations.

Areas of Expertise

Agriculture Law & Agribusiness

  • Estate & Succession Planning
  • Purchase & Leasing
  • Ag Financing & Debt Restructuring
  • Agribusiness Formation & Transactions
  • Agriculture Contracts

Business & Corporate Law

  • Business Entity Law and Formation, including LLC’s, Partnerships and Corporations
  • Partner & Shareholder Agreements
  • Contracts
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Purchase of Sale of Business
  • Business & Succession Planning
  • Investment Management
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Equity & Venture Capital

Finance & Banking

  • Loan Transactions
  • Loan Workouts
  • Collection Actions
  • Portfolio Management
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Employment & HR Consulting
  • Business Planning & Administration
  • Bank Litigation
  • Reorganization & Bankruptcy
  • Commercial Lending
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Corporate Governance

Trusts & Estates

  • Estate & Gift Tax
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Health Care Directives & Living Wills
  • Farm Estate & Succession Planning
  • Probate
  • Conservatorships
  • Guardianships
  • Medicaid, Medicare, Nursing Home & Elder Law
  • Estate & Probate Litigation
  • Charitable Gift Planning


  • Succession Planning

    Led design and implementation of succession planning for third and fourth generation family owned holding company engaged in real estate, beverage distribution, banking and insurance industries.

  • New Stadium Construction

    Represented the Chicago Blackhawks hockey team and affiliates in forming joint venture to construct new stadium.
  • Representation for Banks

    Represented multiple banks in branch acquisitions, capital transactions and bank holding company governance and regulatory matters.

  • Farm Estate and Succession Planning

    Represented major agricultural producers in farm estate and succession planning.

  • Gift and Trust Transactions

    Structured gift and trust transactions to minimize estate, gift and income taxes and preserve family business ownership.

  • Minnesota Revised Limited Liability Company Act

    Assisted with the drafting and passage of the Minnesota Revised Limited Liability Company Act.

  • Beverage Distribution Joint Venture

    Formed entities and assisted with regulatory compliance for beverage distribution joint venture.