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Kim Edwin Wells

Practice areas:

Insurance, Personal Injury

About Me

A native of the small Northern Michigan community of Kalkaska, Mr. Wells attended Michigan State University and graduated from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan in 1983 where he earned a B.S. degree in Business/Marketing, with minors in Advertising and Management. He earned his Juris Doctorate degree at Stetson University College of Law in 1986.

Mr. Wells has been a member of the Florida Bar for over 22 years. He has represented both insurers and their insureds over the course of his career and has practiced extensively in the Central Florida/Tampa Bay area for many years. His practice originally concentrated in the areas of insurance, bad faith defense, and the defense of bodily injury claims and he was retained by insurance companies to represent them and their insureds. Over the years his practice evolved and he now represents exclusively consumers and businesses in insurance cases. His practice is dedicated to representing consumers and businesses in insurance disputes and cases against their own insurance companies. These cases include, but are not limited to, first party property matters (hurricane, windstorm, sinkhole, water damage, vandalism, theft, hail and fire losses), other insurance claims (life, health, disability and other direct actions against insurers), bad faith claims (claims against an insurer for improper claim handling), and bodily injury cases in both the state and federal courts. Mr. Wells is an experienced litigator, having tried numerous insurance coverage, bad faith, and bodily injury matters.



Mr. Wells served on active duty in the U.S. Navy from 1977 to1981 and was honorably discharged 1981.


 


He is a member of The Florida Bar and admitted to United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, as well as the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mr. Wells' current professional memberships include the American Bar Association, Florida Justice Association, American Association for Justice (formerly ATLA),  Windstorm Insurance Network, Chairman--Windstorm Insurance Network’s Legal Committee, Hillsborough County Bar Association, and the Brandon Bar Association.

He was formerly a member of the Florida Advisory Committee on Arson Prevention, The International Association of Arson Investigators, Defense Research Institute, as well as the Manatee, Leon and Sarasota County Bar Associations.

Mr. Wells is a 2009 class member of Leadership Brandon and a former Legal Advisor to the Florida State Elks Association, Inc. and Florida Elks Properties, Inc.


  


Mr. Wells has also prepared and presented seminar materials in the area of bad faith.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1987

  1. Insurance: 75%
    28 years
  2. Personal Injury: 25%
    28 years

Payment

Fees:

Contingent (33-40%)

Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • Michael G. Haire Jr.

    I have known Kim for a long time and know him to be exceptionally knowledgeable about insurance law and the insurance industry.

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    Michael Haire Insurance Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Max Galen Factor

    Kim is a very bright and talented advocate for his clients. He is very thorough in his preparation and presentations. He gets results.I endorse this lawyer.

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    Max Factor Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
FLMember in Good Standing198708/12/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
BV Distinguished RatingMartindale-Hubbell2012

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Managing PartnerWells Law Group, P. A.2009 - Present
PartnerPilka & Wells, P.A.2007 - 2009
Managing PartnerKim E Wells, PA; Wells Wiggins & Perusek;1991 - 1997
Senior Associate or AssociateMerlin Law Group; Butler Pappas; Trawick, Hammersley & Valentine; Haas, Boehm, Brown, et al1987 - 2007

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Florida Justice AssociationMemberN/A
American Association for Justice (formerly ATLA)MemberN/A
Hillsborough County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Brandon Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Windstorm Insurance NetworkChairman--Windstorm Legal CommitteeN/A

Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
Mealy’s Litigation Report, Insurance Bad Faith, Vol. 14, #12, p.24Raising the Coverage Defense in the Bad Faith Case2000

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stetson University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
Ferris State UniversityMarketingBS - Bachelor of Science1983