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Geoffrey Stuart Wells

Geoffrey Stuart Wells

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Personal Injury, Construction & Development

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HAS SUCCEEDED IN OBTAINING IMPRESSIVE RECOVERIES for his clients, resulting in more than 100 multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements in complex legal actions. These include cases involving motor vehicle injury, Quezda v. Motor Coach Industries - $8.15 million; Mehdipour v. City of Santa Monica - $2.65 million; wrongful death, Murillo v. U.S. Border Patrol - $3.3 million; and premises liability, Rosenbaum v. Security Pacific - $3.25 million. Among the high-profile cases that Geoff represents plaintiffs in is the Santa Monica Farmers Market crash which resulted in a total settlement of over $26 Million. Additionally, Geoff was one of the lead plaintiffs counsel in the Castillo v. DYK case involving multiple plaintiffs which resulted in a combined settlement and jury verdict of over $40 Million. He also succeeded on behalf of the victim in an amusement park ride lawsuit. The plaintiff, who fell approximately 35 feet to the ground when the lap bar on a Ferris wheel ride at Pharaoh's Lost Kingdom Amusement Park failed, was awarded $4.9 million in a binding arbitration agreement.


Geoff is an elected member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He also is a member of the Consumer Attorneys of California, American Association for Justice and an officer of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles where he currently serves on their Board of Governors. Since 1995, Geoff has served as an arbitrator for the Superior Court for the County of Los Angeles. He is a frequent lecturer on trial preparation and practice in California. Other professional organizations that Geoff is a member of include the Los Angeles County and American Bar Associations, Santa Monica Bar Association and Eighth Street Trial Lawyers. In 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 Geoff was named a Super Lawyer by Law & Politics' Southern California Super Lawyers which lists the top five-percent of established Los Angeles and Orange County attorneys. In 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 Geoff was also named by Super Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in L.A. County. In 2006, Geoff was named to the Lawdragon 500 New Stars, New Worlds list. He was also named one of the Best Lawyers in America by Woodward/White, Inc. based on a survey of his peers.


He is a graduate of the University of Washington, (B.A., 1981) and was a pitcher on the college baseball team. Geoff received his law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law (1985) and was a member of the Pepperdine Law School National Trial Competition Team. After being admitted to the bar in 1986, he began his legal career as a defense attorney with a focus on medical malpractice, hospital liability and special event and auto racetrack liability. Geoff worked for a plaintiff's sole practitioner for five years, where he tried 20 cases to verdict before joining GB&W in 1992.


Geoff is actively involved in youth sports, coaching both basketball and pony league baseball. He is a member of the University of Washington's Diamond Dawg Group which supports the University of Washington Men's Baseball Program. He is a member of the Sierra Club. Geoff is also a supporting member of the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation, and is an active PTA member. He and his wife Janet Ray support a variety of community causes including music, the arts and the Cardiac Arrhythmia Foundation.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1986

  1. Personal Injury: 70%
  2. Construction & Development: 30%

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Contact Info

Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP

100 Wilshire Blvd., 21st Floor
Santa Monica, CA, 90401

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive198605/25/2015

Professional Misconduct

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2014
Top 100 Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers2014
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2013
Top 100 Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers2013
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2012
Top 100 Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers2012
Top 100 Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers Magazine/Los Angeles Magazine2011
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2011
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2010
Top 100 Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers Magazine/Los Angeles Magazine2010
Top 100 Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers Magazine/Los Angeles Magazine2009
Top 100 Los Angeles County LawyersSouthern California Super Lawyers Magazine/Los Angeles Magazine2008
Top 100 Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers Magazine/Los Angeles Magazine2007
Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers Magazine/Los Angeles Magazine2006
Top 100 Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers Magazine/Los Angeles Magazine2005
500 New StarsLawdragonN/A
Best Lawyers in AmericaWoodward-White, Inc.N/A

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerGreene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP1992 - Present

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Board of Trial AdvocatesMemberN/A
American Association for JusticeMemberN/A
Superior Court for the County of Los AngelesArbitratorN/A
Eighth Street Trial LawyersMemberN/A
Santa Monica Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMemberN/A
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMemberN/A
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los AngelesBoard of GovernorsN/A

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Castillo v. DYKcombined settlement and jury verdict of over $40 million
Quezda v. Motor Coach Industries$8.15 million

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Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pepperdine University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
University of WashingtonN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1981