Wade R Kackstetter



  • University of California, Los Angeles (J.D., 2007)
  • California State University, Los Angeles (Bachelor of Science with a Major in Business, top 1% of class with summa cum laude honors, 2004)

Bar admissions

  • California, 2007
  • Wade R. Kackstetter joined the firm in 2008, after working as a law clerk for the Los Angeles Superior Court from 2007 to 2008. Wade's practice areas include business and real estate transactions, automobile dealer law, compliance and advertising law, and business and consumer litigation at both the trial and appellate level.

    In business and real estate transactions Wade assists clients through each stage of the transactions, including structuring economic and noneconomic terms, drafting and negotiating the letters of intent, purchase agreements, leases, and ancillary agreements, assisting clients in all aspects of the due diligence process, including, in real estate transactions, review and analysis of title, surveys, CC&Rs, liens and leases affecting relevant property, and closing of escrows. Wade has successfully assisted in the negotiation of  high value asset and real estate purchase and sale transactions, and has assisted clients in negotiating favorable commercial single and multi-tenant leases. Wade has also assisted a major financial services company in updating and revising multiple loan document forms, including security agreements, promissory notes and guaranties.

    Wade also has experience in litigation matters, including drafting pleadings and motions, preparing and responding to discovery, factual investigation, settlement negotiations, and appeals. Wade has also represented clients in administrative matters, such as protests before California’s New Motor Vehicle Board.

    Illustrative Litigation Matters

    • ReMetrix, LLC v. Scott Ruch, et al.(ASC, Case No. RG10511868; Court of Appeals Case No. A130311) Obtained successful injunction under the California Uniform Trade Secrets Act (CUTSA) against former employee after he allegedly stole former employer’s trade secrets and obtained $2 million contract with former employer’s customer by use of those trade secrets. Successfully defended against anti-SLAPP motion at trial and on appeal
    • Tenant v. Landlord Arbitration. In commercial multi-tenant lease setting, achieved substantial reduction in rent for dealership tenant against national property management company.

    Wade is a member of the Los Angeles County and Beverly Hills Bar Associations.

    When he is not working, Wade enjoys spending time with his wife and children.

    California Auto Dealer Finance and Insurance Compliance Manual

    Published 2023-01-04

    We have authored the widely used California Auto Dealer Finance and Insurance Compliance Manual which includes the Reynolds and Reynolds California F & I libary of forms with detailed explanations of how to use them. This publication is a valuable tool in training F & I personnel and in complying with the numerous intricacies of California law in the vehicle sale and leasing process. 

    California Auto Dealer Finance and Insurance Compliance Manual Download table of contents

    California Auto Dealer Advertising Law Manual

    Published 2022-06-15

    This is an extensive manual for guidance on dealership advertising in California. The manual also contains examples of good and problem advertising.

    California Auto Dealer Advertising Law Manual Download table of contents

    Dealership Operations Guide

    Published 2020-12-31

    Our firm is the author of the California New Car Dealers Association Dealership Operations Guide, an extensive and detailed guide for dealers which is distributed by CNCDA to its members. The Guide, which is regularly updated, contains an in-depth discussion of the many laws and regulations applicable to California automobile dealers, and is widely used throughout California. See the link below to view the table of contents for this publication.

    Dealership Operations Guide Download table of contents

    Manning Leaver is author of advertising law manual produced by the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA)

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    Manning Leaver Partner Brent Smith attended the 2015 NADA Convention and Expo in San Francisco. In connection with that event, NADA announced the release of its latest compliance publication entitled “A Dealer Guide to Federal Advertising Requirements.” This publication was prepared for NADA by Manning Leaver and authored by partner Brent Smith. Click news item link above to see the manual.