The Law Firm of John B. Wells provides in depth legal services to assist you in the development of your case. Our staff investigator, Ken Lord, a retired Army Reserve Military Police Lieutenant Colonel and retired Navy Criminal Investigative Service Special Agent, works tirelessly to inquire into the circumstances surrounding your case. Additionally, our firm routinely uses the services of William "Joe" Allen, one of the top polygraphers in the southeast United States to investigate both civil and criminal cases. Mr. Allen has conducted almost 14,000 polygraphs and has a proven record of success.
Military personnel whose decisions today are being questioned by the liberal media, left-wing politicians and out of touch bureaucrats will find John Wells a strong ally. As a former surface warfare officer, John Wells understands the Laws of War and how they are applied. He is conversant with tactics, weapons systems and the role of military in today’s society. In this environment of political correctness, you cannot afford to trust your career and your freedom to the system. Nor can you rely on a former JAG with no tactical experience. You need a strong advocate with line officer experience to represent you. John Wells had ten years at sea and is qualified for command at sea. He understands the operational environment as well as the legal system. John Wells and his staff will work with you through every phase of your legal problem with the goal of terminating the matter favorably and at the earliest possible opportunity. Mr. Wells is also conversant with veterans laws and represents veterans before the Board of Veterans Appeals and the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. He is admitted to practice before the Department of Veterans Affairs and often conducts Continuing Legal Education courses for other attorneys on veterans matters. Mr. Wells represents miltiary personnel and veterans to ensure their rights are protected under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act and USERRA. On a pro bono basis, Mr. Wells acts as Director of Legal and Legislative Affairs for the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association.
Mr. Wells is allied with the Alliance Defense Fund, a faith based organization dedicated to the protection of religious liberty. He will defend free of charge pro-life people being persecuted by the abortionists. He will further defends teachers, students, schools or school districts, free of charge, who are being persecuted for the proper and legal free expression of religious rights. Mr. Wells is a champion of First Amendment rights law especially dealing with religious persecution in the school system. Mr. Wells will assist those who defend marriage and help them to understand the legal rights and requirements which sometimes fall prey to an aggressive agenda. Mr. Wells will also assist churches and synagogues on a no-fee basis to defend against unfair attacks by bigots who are trying to stamp out the rights of others to practice their religion. He will review, free of charge, any charter, articles of incorporation and bylaws of any religious organization and provide them advice on legal compliance with State and federal laws. NOTE: Due to the rules of the legal profession, Mr. Wells can only provide advice on State issues within the District of Columbia, the State of Louisiana and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He can assist churches outside of those areas in finding state qualified counsel who will assist them at no charge. Although no fees will be charged for these services, in some cases the client may be asked to defray actual costs incurred.
Mr. Wells’ rates are $200.00 per hour plus expenses. Military and disabled veterans receive a special rate of $150.00 per hour. Contingency fees are usually available in personal injury, civil rights and some veterans benefits cases as well as Federal Tort Claim Act litigation. Our firm will discuss payment plans for military clients and veterans. We also accept Visa, Master Card and Discover.
Mr. Wells routinely travels to the military complexes along the Gulf Coast but will also travel throughout the world to assist people in trouble. Although about 25% of our practice deals with military matters, the firm will represent clients in state courts in Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia and Louisiana and federal courts throughout the United States. A proven litigator, who is equally at home in federal state or military courts, John Wells is a tough advocate who will represent your interests professionally, ethically and competently.
The professional and successful team at the Law Office of John B. Wells can be depended upon to quickly reach the heart of the investigation. Reliance on experienced, patient and proficient investigative techniques based on the latest technology has resulted in John Wells winning a number of criminal acquittals including tough military Courts-Martial. Additionally, our firm has negotiated a number of settlements favorable to our clients. If you have been falsely accused of a crime or you are the legitimate victim of injury or discrimination - John Wells and his team are always a superb choice to represent your interests.
AREAS OF PRACTICE
The Law Office of John B. Wells represents clients in the following practice areas:
Military and Veterans Law
Civil Rights Law
Religious Freedom Law
Military and Veterans Law
Attorney John B. Wells is a retired Navy Commander (Surface Warfare) who served from 1972 until 1994. Mr. Wells served as a Special-Court Martial convening authority, member, senior member and witness before administrative boards and court-martials. He has administered non-judicial punishment under Art. 15 of the UCMJ. Mr. Wells provides experienced legal representation in the following types of Military Court-Martial Cases:
Alleged War Crimes Murder Rape Fraternization • Adultery • Indecent Acts • Conduct Unbecoming an Officer • False Official Statement • Sodomy • Larceny • Dereliction of Duty • Disobedience of a Direct Order • Impeding an Investigation • Drug Use • Assault • DWI • Damage to Government Property • Murder • Kidnaping • Illegal Sale of Drugs • Sexual Harassment •
Mr. Wells also represents veterans in Federal Tort Claims Act cases as well as claims for service connected benefits. He is admitted to practice before the Department of Veterans Affairs. He represents veterans before the Board of Veterans Appeals and the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. He also, on a pro bono basis, acts as Director of Legal and Legislative Affairs for the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association and has testified before the Institute of Medicine and the United States Congress to promote veterans legislation.
Attorney John B. Wells has extensive experience fighting for the rights of people arrested and accused of criminal offenses. He handles all types of criminal cases, including:
Illegal Sale of Drugs
Employment law covers a complex network of laws that controls how employers must treat employees, former employees, and applicants for employment. Attorney John B. Wells has extensive experience representing clients in employment law matters related to:
• Employee Benefits • Whistleblower Litigation • Wrongful Discharge • Employment Contracts • Penalty Wages • Family Medical Leave Act • , • Occupational Safety and Health Act • Reprisal • USERRA • Louisiana Servicemembers Civil Relief and Consumer Rights Act. Civil Rights Law
Civil rights law provides protection to individuals who are harassed, attacked or discriminated against under color of state law to the extent that their rights are deprived under the Constitution of the United States. Attorney John B. Wells has extensive experience representing clients in civil rights law matters related to: • Employment Discrimination • Racial Discrimination • Whistleblower protection • Age Discrimination • Sexual Discrimination • Police Action • Restrictions on Speech • Religious Persecution
Mr. Wells has represented a charter school and practiced extensively on matters concerning education law. He is well qualified to practice in the following areas: • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act • Family Rights and Privacy Act • Civil Rights Act • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act • Equal Education Opportunities Act • Louisiana's Public Records Act • Louisiana Open Meetings Act • Title 17 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes
Religious Freedom Law
Dedicated to reversing the persecution of Christians by the ACLU and other anti-American organizations, Mr. Wells has allied himself with the Alliance Defense Fund. He has pledged to dedicate hundreds of hours per year to defending religious freedom at no cost to the client. (NOTE: In some cases the client may be asked to reimburse actual costs). He is prepared to assist in the following: • Legal attacks on the rights of students and school employees • Legal attacks on the rights of parents to raise their children • Legal attacks on churches and synagogues • Legal attacks on pro life advocates • Legal attacks on the defenders of marriage • Legal attacks on medical practitioners and pharmacists who practice their profession with conscience • Violations of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (currently only applicable in the federal system) • Violations of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act. • Violations of the First Amendment rights by the ACLU and other organizations dedicated to religious persecution • Violations of the Civil Rights Act
Tort law is the compensation for injuries to an individual caused by the intentional or negligent acts of another when there was a duty to prevent the injury. Attorney John B. Wells has extensive experience representing clients in civil rights law matters related to:
• Automobile Accidents • Wrongful Death • Federal Tort Claims Act • Jones Act Seaman • Damages from abortion
John Wells is licensed to practice law in Louisiana, Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia and many federal and all military courts. This web site is provided for information only but is not intended nor should it be construed to be an advertisement or solicitation for clients. Nor does the review of this web site establish an attorney-client relationship.