THE MEADES AND BOULDINS
OVER 250 YEARS OF WINNING CASES
All the Meades obtained undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Virginia.
Ed Meade's father Frank O. Meade (1929 - 2019) graduated 8th in his class and was elected into the Order of the Coif. He practiced from the 1950s until he retired in 1996. He was President of the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys from 1971-1973 and President of the Danville Bar Association from 1974-1975. He was elected a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers in 1976.
Ed Meade's grandfather Edwin B. Meade (1896 - 1993) was the associate editor of the Virginia Law Review and a member of the Raven Society and Order of the Coif. He began practicing law with his father in 1920. He served as a member of the 1945 Virginia Constitutional Convention and was President of the Virginia Bar Association from 1956-57. He was a guest lecturer at the University of Virginia law school for four years, teaching equity pleading and practice. During this time, he revised the Virginia equity textbook, "Lile's Equity Pleading and Practice." He was a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
Ed's Meade's great-grandfather Julian Meade (1866 - 1945) was graduated in all branches of the law from the University of Virginia, class of 1891. He began practicing law in Danville right after graduating. He married Bessie Edmunds Bouldin, whose father Edwin E. Bouldin (1838 - 1912) was a prominent lawyer in Danville for nearly half a century. Edwin E. Bouldin is Ed Meade's great-great-grandfather.
The long line of attorneys does not stop there. Edwin E. Bouldin's father Hon. James Wood Bouldin (1792 - 1854) was admitted to the bar in Charlotte County in 1813. He practiced law until he was elected to the House of Delegates in 1825. He was subsequently elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1834. Hon. James Wood Bouldin is Ed Meade's great-great-great-grandfather.
Hon. James Wood Bouldin's brother Thomas Tyler Bouldin, Sr. (1781 - 1834) was admitted to the bar in 1802. He was a highly respected lawyer and Circuit Court Judge before being elected to the U.S. Congress. He was born near Charlotte Court House in Charlotte County, Virginia. Thomas Tyler Bouldin, Sr.'s two sons, Wood Bouldin (1811 - 1876) and Thomas Tyler Bouldin, Jr. (1813 - 1891) were also lawyers in Virginia.
Hon. James Wood Bouldin's father Major Wood Bouldin (1742 - 1800) was also a prominent Virginia attorney and farmer. He was a veteran of the Revolutionary War. Major Wood Bouldin is Ed Meade's great-great-great-great-grandfather.
Major Wood Bouldin's father Thomas Bouldin, Sr. (1702 - 1783) was the first Sheriff of Lunenburg County and the first Sheriff of Charlotte County. He ascended to the bench of the County Court and served as Justice. He was active in County affairs and served in the French and Indian War. Thomas Bouldin, Sr. is Ed Meade's great-great-great-great-great-grandfather.