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Robert G. Wells

Federal crime Attorney at Syracuse, NY

5.0   95 reviews
  • Licensed for 46 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1978
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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Robert G. Wells is a federal and state criminal defense jury trial lawyer and practitioner with
nearly forty-five years of experience in the United States District Courts, the Second Circuit
Court of Appeals, as well as all levels of New York State Courts. He was trained at Gerry
Spence’s Trial Lawyers College. He is a Past President of the New York State Association of
Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is a member of the NYSACDL Board of Directors and the
NYSACDL Strike Force defending criminal defense trial attorneys. He has acted as an instructor
for the United States Courts teaching lawyers in San Francisco, Dallas, Los Angeles, Portland,
Chicago, and Atlanta among other venues. He has taught on matters ranging from Sentencing,
Direct Examination and Cross Examination, and all facets of jury trial practice. He has
instructed for the FBI and the Board of Fraud Examiners. He has taught for the New York State
Bar Association on trial practice. He is a guest lecturer at Syracuse University College of Law.
He has served as a legal commentator on CourtTV, and a legal analyst and guest on the
nationally broadcast legal radio program “Equal Footing.” Mr. Wells is also published in “Atticus
Magazine” and in “Warrior”, the Trial Lawyers College Magazine. He is a member of the
Federal Court Bar Association of the Northern District of New York, National Association of
Criminal Defense Lawyers, the New York State Bar Association, and is a lifetime member of the
New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and their Board of Directors. He
serves as the Criminal Justice Act Representative for the United States District Court for
Northern District of New York, as well acting as an advisor to pro se litigants in federal courts in
the Northern District of New York and for the Federal court Bar Association of the
Northern District.

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Robert G. Wells
120 E. Washington Street,
Suite 825
Syracuse, NY, 13202

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Posted by Angie | March 21, 2024
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Traffic Ticket
I cannot recommend Rob & his team enough, they were so helpful and made the entire process so effortless! His team was very responsive to my initial contact about the ticket that I received and kept great communication throughout the entire process. I received the ticket several hours from where I live and they worked with me that I could settle everything conveniently from home and explained all paperwork and next steps in a way that was easy to understand. Valerie and Rob were both so kind and helpful through the process, can’t thank them enough!
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Posted by Teresa | March 15, 2024
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Out of State help
Having a legal issue that was very old and living in a different state, Mr. Wells kindly handled every need precisely, effectively and quick! Very reasonablely priced and professional. Thank you Mr. Wells!
Posted by Chris | July 31, 2023
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AMAZING!!!
Mr. Wells in my opinion is the best sentencing attorney you could find. He went above and beyond to help me. He teaches other attorney's his way of doing things and they are lucky that he does so. I can't begin to guess how many lives he has touched, from fellow attorneys to people being accused of criminal activities. I believe it's because of Mr. Wells that I am able to be home with my family right now instead of a federal penitentiary. I could go on and on but just take my word for it, you would be hard pressed to find a better attorney. You can't put a price on freedom as opposed to time away from your family and he will do everything possible within his power to preserve your freedom. If you find yourself reading reviews on this site and you come across this one I would say scroll no more, you have found the attorney that will be the best choice for you.
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Posted by Richard | April 28, 2023
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Excellent Attorney
I have known Attorney Rob Wells for over 10 years. I highly recommend him. He is a diligent, knowledgeable and skilled lawyer. I have seen firsthand the quality representation that he provides to each and every one of his clients. He is one of the best Criminal Defense Attorneys in New York State. As a fellow Attorney myself, I have personally referred many individuals to Rob to assist them in State Court and Federal Court matters. Each and every individual that I have referred to Rob have received superior results and have thanked me for referring their case to him. Thank you so much Rob for being so compassionate yet aggressive in the Courtroom.
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Posted by Keith | March 1, 2023
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Excellent experience
Rob and his team provide experience and professionalism and a thorough knowledge of local courts and procedures. Highly recommend for great communication and positive outcome.
Posted by Leila | February 15, 2023
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Best Criminal Lawyer in the country!
I met Mr. Robert about 7 years ago, and I have worked directly with him on multiple occasions after hiring him to help some friends and family. Mr. Rob's is not your typical criminal lawyer, in addition to his exceptional experience and strong connections, he is very down to earth and excellent at communicating with his customers. You will not be case number in his file, but you will be treated like family and given all the attention you deserve and need.
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Posted by Daniel | January 10, 2023
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HIGHLY recommend Rob!!
Robert was amazing! Had legal issues hanging over my head and Rob was able to deal with them at an affordable cost. Could not have asked for a more pleasant and trustworthy lawyer!
Posted by Emmanuel Etienne | August 16, 2022
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The best in the CITY!
High recommended!! unique lawyer, certainly a great experience with Rob. Had a colossal effect in my life and made the cycle especially simple for me. Valerie also, wonderful! never missed a call and consistently ensured everything was cutting-edge
Posted by Kyle | March 31, 2022
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Grateful for Rob and Val!!
Referred to Rob in November 2020. It was definitely not something I thought I would have to need at all, but thankfully with the help of Rob and Val my life got back on track. Very grateful for all they have done to help win my case.. Definitely recommend this team to anyone!!
Posted by Eve | January 20, 2022
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Who Knew?
This was my first time experience ever needing a lawyer. I couldn’t have found a better one than Mr. Wells. I was so overwhelmed and emotional with the predicament I found myself in, but when I met him face to face in his office, he put me completely at ease. I just knew I was in the best hands possible. He is very experienced, knowledgeable, gentle and kind. Valerie is equally to be given praise for her knowledge and hard work, giving answers in her to the point, kindly manner. I totally recommend their help.
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Posted by anonymous | December 9, 2021
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Thank you
Such a great down to earth lawyer, best lawyer I ever had. Secretary was fantastic always kept in touch with me
Posted by Matthew | August 25, 2021
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We couldn't have asked for a better representative
Our family had (has?) a delicate situation that went on for close to two years prior to reaching it's denouement. Robert displayed a fundamental, and unwavering belief, that the law was designed to serve justice and not as a one size fits all punishment for ambitious up and comers to build their future political careers on. Through my family's entire travail of dancing through a repeat offense, Robert managed, with inspiration and some small amount of brilliance, to dig into the minutiae of the legal code and find precedent that caused the prosecution to be stymied at practically every turn from gross overreach. Robert, and his secretary even, undid the trepidation we had in getting a lawyer given my families previous brush with getting representation. Robert demonstrated a level of care, compassion, and attention to detail that has restored our faith in the legal profession. If you have a criminal case within the greater Syracuse area you'd be a fool to not try and retain Roberts services
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Posted by Alan | June 29, 2021
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Rob Wells, excellent attorney
I am at extremely grateful for me excellent advice and counsel we received from Rob Wells. Rob worked tirelessly to ensure the best possible outcome for our case. He was sensitive to our situation and was a calming presence for our family. I would strongly recommend hiring Rob as your attorney.
Posted by anonymous | March 29, 2021
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More then just a lawyer
Was referred to Rob by a friend/lawyer. I couldn’t have been happier. Not only did Rob handle my case. But he and his assistant Valerie where there through every step of the process from all the legal stuff to answering or returning my phone calls whenever I was nervous or felt like I was unprepared. He doesn’t talk to you like you are supposed to know everything but explains everything in a way you can always understand. I couldn’t recommend a better attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | January 12, 2021
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Great service and outcome
Rob and his assistant Val were tremendous. I was recommended Rob through a friend and I’m so happy that they gave me his number. I was charged with DWI and he got it reduced for me to a dwai which he explained is only a traffic violation, compared to what could have been a misdemeanor. Because of this I have no criminal record. Valerie has been great too. She has been there for me every step of the way and is always available whenever I had questions or concerns. These two are reasonably priced and have plenty of experience. From day one when I first talk to Rob he explained all the steps that were going to happen which really helped to ease my mind. Would definitely recommend for anyone that makes a mistake.
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Posted by Stephany | December 2, 2020
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Best Legal Hands You Can Be In
I contacted Rob Wells' office on a late Friday afternoon in regards to a federal violation case in which my husband was scheduled to see the chief judge the following week. Immediately, his assistant Valerie scheduled a consultation for that Monday. Once I met Rob, I unloaded my fears, concerns, and worry. He listened, carefully. Once I gathered myself, Rob immediately got to work DURING the consultation. He made a few phone calls and gathered information about the case, judge, prosecutor and so on. He explained to me, in his opinion, what could be done, what should be done, and his price. Before agreeing to anything he answered my countless questions without feeling rushed to leave. In fact, he arranged for me to extend my meter parking instead! I left his office with a clearer mind, I retained him the next day. From there, I knew my husband was in the best hands he could be. Rob gathered information, visited my husband in jail, and created his case in which, unfortunately, my husband was guilty of. The day of sentencing was nerve wrecking, to say the least. The prosecutor savagely stated their side in which the judge sided with. Until Rob Wells spoke. He gave everyone in the court room a different side of my husband. A man, a father, who's family needed him. The judge gave my husband a second chance though he pleaded guilty! Honestly, this outcome was NOT suppose to happen. After the dark days were behind us, Val and Rob both reached out to check on my family. I will forever be thankful for Rob and Val.
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Posted by anonymous | October 6, 2020
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Attorney Wells is an excellent lawyer and a wonderful person
Mr. Wells is a great attorney. Due to his knowledge and kindness, he made it possible for me to fight against an injustice that had happened to me and the people who perpetrated it. His help changed my life for the better because he cared enough to give me that chance. He has a lot of experience, is fantastic to work with and easy to talk to. I would highly recommend him to anyone. I am grateful to him for everything he did to help me.
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Posted by Shannon | August 7, 2020
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Great lawyer!
I hired Mr. Wells pretty late into my case. When I went to his office I told him about the case, about the plea deal that was revoked due to my current attorney doing nothing for me. Mr. Wells gave me his advice and then told me his fee. The fee was more than reasonable. From the second I hired him he was on the phone with the DA and fixing all the problems my previous lawyer made. He went above and beyond his job calling me and explaining every single thing to me in detail. He showed up when he was supposed to and even showed up at times he didn’t need to. Mr. Wells made sure that I knew everything that was going on and kept me up to date with any new information he found out. I will not go into detail of my case but I only wish I would have retained him earlier. Not knowing anything about federal court, I still had a lawyer that never worked on federal cases. The prior lawyer really dropped the ball, derailed the case and made Mr. Wells’ work a lot harder than it had to be. No matter what, he stuck in there and did everything possible to give me the best outcome I could get. There was never a day that my calls weren’t returned (which is amazing because lawyers now a days rarely pick up the phone and/or call you back in a timely manner). His assistant is totally on the ball with everything. She made sure I was taken care of as did Mr. Wells. Leading up to the end of my case he really kept up with me and made sure he did everything in this case to give me the best outcome. I had to trust this man with my life and I’m glad I did. Had I retained him sooner, I think the outcome would have been even better, with that said I think more people need to know that the second your case goes federal, call a federal lawyer. If anyone in my life or anyone I know runs into a problem and needs a lawyer, the only person I would ever recommend them getting is Rob Wells. I live a ways away from him and he drove down to my town several times, going above and beyond for me. He not only dealt with my federal case but helped aid in other cases I had prior, so they wouldn’t effect the outcome in this case. I could go on but I think you get the picture. So if you need a good lawyer that does his job, cares about you, keeps you updated, dedicates himself to your case I would highly suggest you retain him.
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Posted by Kurt | April 26, 2020
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Great Job! Would Hire again!
Rob has helped myself & my family with a number of different legal issues over the years. As of recently he helped me with a rather steep speeding ticket. He was very professional and top of the things throughout the issue, Val and himself did a great job keep me informed during the process. Very satisfied!
Posted by anonymous | April 21, 2020
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diligent and attentive
Rob Wells was a very dedicated lawyer. He is sought after so i made sure as myself I kept in constant contact with him. If he couldn’t take a call he would always find time to schedule a call. when the case became clearer he was as clear and informative as he could be. constant discussion throughout a year process keeps you sane even if it isn’t the most informative call. i would recommend him highly. He will defend you seriously and he is on the defensive side rather than the offensive. he doesn’t intent to attack the other. he intends to boost you up and protect you.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Education

  • Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College
  • 2011
  • Oklahoma City University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1976
  • Syracuse University
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1974

Associations

  • National Association of Criminal Defender Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Board of Directors, Executive Com, Secretary, CLE Speaker
  • 2010 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Federal Court Bar Association for the Northern District of New York
  • Member and Pro Se Advsor
  • 2009 - Present
  • New York State Defenders Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Vice President
  • 2016 - 2016
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Honors and Awards

  • Presidents Commendation
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawers
  • 2012
  • President's Commendation
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2011

Publications

  • Atticus Magazine
  • The Undiscovered Power of Friendship in Advocacy
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • New York State Bar Association - Annual Meeting
  • Criminal Trial Practice for Young Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Federal Criminal Law Update
  • Introduction to Electronic Evidence Presentation in Trial
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (19)
Given (27)
Endorse Robert
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. You will not meet a more professional lawyer. He will work tirelessly for your best outcome. As well, he is one of the most personable lawyers in our bar."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"The compassion that Rob Wells incorporates into his practice is incredible. I highly recommend Rob."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Robert Wells is an exceptional and highly skilled attorney. He is well respected in State and Federal Courts by judges, prosecutors and fellow attorneys in the community. Robert truly cares about his clients and excels in his advocacy on their behalf. I have personally worked with Robert and have learned a great deal in doing so. I do not hesitate to to recommend him as one of the best defense attorneys in Central New York."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Rob is the consummate professional. He is extremely thorough and effective due to his devotion and commitment to our profession. When not studying with the best-of-the-best, he is teaching other lawyers the skills that we need to be the best advocates for our clients. I am honored that Rob has the trust in me to refer important matters, and to allow me to work with him in the pursuit of justice for everyday folks."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Robert Wells because he is the epitome of what an attorney should strive to become. Highly competent, respected in the legal community and with an unmatched desire to genuinely help his client. Rob actually cares about his clients; an increasingly rare, admirable quality."
Federal crime Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have sat through a number of continuing legal education classes taught by Mr. Wells. I learned a lot from Mr. Wells during these presentations and am impressed with his public speaking skills. Without hesitation, I endorse this attorney."
Federal crime Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer because he is dedicated to his clients and helping them achieve the best outcome possible. He is thorough in his preparation and relentless in his efforts. I have had the fortune of working with Rob and I witnessed first hand his ability within the federal criminal defense system and his compassion for his clients. Rob is well respected in our legal community as he should be."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I heartily endorse Rob Wells. His courtroom skills are above and beyond, but his biggest assets are his compassion and his zeal for the defense of his clients. We have worked together as officers of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, where Rob generously devotes his time training other lawyers in our CLE programs. His leadership is important to the success of the organization, and he is always available to mentor young lawyers."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Wells because he taught me that compassion and understanding not only have a place in the courtroom, but are integral tools for any successful criminal defense attorney."
Federal crime Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Robert. Great man, great lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Rob for the great knowledge of all aspects of criminal defense, mainly his ability to convey complex legal concepts in simple, understandable terms. He has been a lecturer at our bar association's Criminal Track Programs and has received outstanding evaluations from his fellow lawyers attending these seminars. I have found him compassionate and dedicated to serving his clients and more than willing to assist other lawyers with their cases."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Robert. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Federal crime Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Robert for about 5 years now and I know he is one of the finest lawyers and gentlemen I have ever met. Robert is a wonderful trial lawyer whose holistic approach to trial engenders trust in juries and in jurists. He works hard and is tireless in pursuit of justice for his clients. Without a doubt Robert knows more law than almost anyone I have met and he runs a great office with wonderful and helpful staff. I strongly endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am a great fan of Mr. Wells, and consider his input on crime, the law and life in general to be both informative and entertaining. He has an impressive record of success and is held in high esteem in the national criminal defense community. A good man to know."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rob is an excellent choice if you are confronted with a criminal justice issue. He is on the short list of people I would contact if I needed an attorney in the greater Syracuse area for either State or Federal matters. ."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am proud to endorse this lawyer. Mr. Wells is an accomplished, zealous and polished litigator who puts his clients first. He can also always be counted on to assist fellow lawyers with guidance and advice and is universally respected within the community. I would highly recommend his services to any client; you could not ask for a stronger ally and advocate in the courtroom."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I had the honor of assisting Robert during a trial in Syracuse. His cross examination style is unforgettable and overall, he is one of the best attorneys I have ever met."
Federal crime Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I met Rob Wells in Wyoming at a CLE in 2011. His experience in federal criminal litigation is top notch. I am glad I have the benefit of calling him when my legal research hits a roadblock in a federal case."
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