G. Wrede Kirkpatrick
Wrede has extensive experience in litigation, both on the plaintiff and the defendant side of the courtroom. He has significant experience in litigating complex business matters, as well as technology and intellectual property cases.
Wrede earned both his undergraduate and law degrees from Columbia University. As an undergraduate, Wrede competed for four years on the varsity wrestling team and was an NCAA national tournament qualifier, continuing in the sport he excelled in as a student at Chamberlain High School in Tampa. At law school, Wrede was a semi-finalist in the Jerome Michael Jury Trial Competition, earning best trial advocate in each round of the competition.
Early in his career, Wrede first chaired one of the highest damages cases ever handled by a young associate at the large Florida firm. In 2000, Wrede was named a partner at the large firm and remained with the same law firm from law school graduation until he resigned to found a firm with Don Conwell in January of 2006.
Wrede is a long time advocate for children. Early in his legal career, he volunteered as special counsel for guardian ad litem appointees and assisted in protecting the best interest of the children in abuse and termination of parental rights cases filed by the state. He also served many years as the general counsel for the For Kids' Sake Foundation, Inc., a former nonprofit company in Orlando, Florida which raised money for children's charities through the sale of donated clothing and furniture to thrift stores. Wrede currently sits on the Board of Directors of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, Inc., a position he has held for more than a decade. He has also served on the Board of Directors for the Florida State Association of Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
Wrede is married and has two sons. He is still active in the Columbia Club of Tampa Bay and is an avid sports fan.