Wade (Trip) Tomlinson was born in Tampa, Florida. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.B.A. in 1976. After teaching elementary school children for several years, he received his J.D. from the University of Georgia in 1987. He was a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Wilbur D. Owens, Jr., Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia (1987-1989), and for the Honorable Albert Henderson, Senior Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit (1989-1990).
Tomlinson is a member of several professional associations and organizations, including the American Bar Association, where he served as an Associate Editor for the Tort & Insurance Law Journal (1995-1997), and the State Bar of Georgia. Tomlinson is a master bencher with the Henry Lumpkin Inn of Court and the Columbus Inn of Court. Tomlinson served a three-year term on the Attorney Disciplinary Committee for the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia. In the 2008 Presidential election, Tomlinson acted as Voter Protection Attorney for the Chattahoochee Circuit, Georgia. Mr. Tomlinson is and has been actively involved in leadership roles in numerous civic, charitable, and community organizations. Currently, he serves as a trustee, board member, or commissioner for: The Columbus Museum; Columbus Library Foundation; and the Georgia Appleseed Center for Law and Justice. Tomlinson formerly served on the boards of the Muscogee Excellence in Education Foundation, The Housing Authority of Columbus; University of Georgia Honors Program Advisory Board; and the Chattahoochee RiverKeeper and Chattahoochee RiverWatch.
Currently, Tomlinson is focused on practicing law in the areas of complex litigation, consumer protection, business litigation, appellate practice, and tort liability.