Cherie Rivera Wade
Prior to joining Taggart, Rimes & Wiggins, PLLC, Cherie served as an Assistant District Attorney for the 19th Circuit Court District. For over thirteen years, she prosecuted all felony crimes including death penalty, public corruption, child abuse, property and drug cases in Jackson, George and Greene Counties. She provided guidance to law enforcement about investigation of cases including high profile, violent and complex criminal cases. She also presented numerous training sessions to law enforcement, attorneys, and community members on issues such as testifying at trial, updates in Mississippi law, ethics, how to protect yourself in the age of social media, how to protect yourself from scams, and crime prevention.
Cherie’s background with more than a decade of trial practice has given her a strong background to handle complex litigation from start to finish. Her expertise is invaluable to companies and individuals facing unexpected white-collar crime investigations or audits and businesses who find themselves in high stakes civil litigation. Her service as a state prosecutor yields a unique perspective on criminal defense, enhanced by her long-standing relationships with law enforcement and prosecutors across the state.
Cherie attended Mississippi College School of Law, where she was the inaugural recipient of the LSU-MC Law Scholarship. At MC Law, she was a STAR mentor and member of the Women’s Bar and Moot Court Board. Prior to law school, she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Louisiana State University.
From 2019-2021, Cherie served as President of the Mississippi Prosecutors Association. She also served as a member of the Board of Directors, Legislative Committee, and Curriculum Committee from 2011 to 2022. She participated in the drafting of several pieces of legislation improving criminal statutes, such as the Lonnie Smith Child Abuse Act and the creation of Degrees of Murder. In 2021, Cherie was appointed to the Restoration of Rights Committee and to serve as the chairman of the MPA Bylaws Committee. She was a member of the Executive Committee of the Prosecutor’s Section of the Mississippi Bar Association from 2011-2016 and was Chairman from 2014-2015. Cherie is also a member of the Mississippi Bar Association, Mississippi Women Bar Association, Jackson County Bar Association, Jackson County Young Lawyers, and Jackson County Republican Women. She is a former member of the National District Attorneys Association and Association of Government Attorneys in Capital Litigation. She has also served as a coach and judge for the High School Mock Trial Competition.
Cherie is a lifelong resident of Jackson County and currently resides there with her family.