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Michael Owen Wells

Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney at Midlothian, VA

5.0   11 reviews
  • Licensed for 38 years
    State VA
    Acquired 1985
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Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, I have been practicing law for twenty-nine years. I live in Henrico County with my wife and college-age son. Our comforatble and pleasant office in Midlothian is a great place to work, and our attorneys and staff work hard to give great client service and professional representation.


When I'm not practicing personal injury and bankruptcy law, I can be seen performing as Patrick Henry at St. John's Church in Richmond, or at Historic Hanover Courthouse, interpreting the great Virgina patriot and trial lawyer for modern audiences. I have given numerous public speaking engagements over the last several years as Mr. Henry.

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Smith, Barden & Wells, P.C.
1330 Alverser Plz
Midlothian, VA, 23113-2604

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Posted by Jennifer | February 23, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
My husband and I went to Mr. Wells to discuss the various forms of bankruptcy. He explained everything very well, went over all the options and advised us appropriately. All while making us feel comfortable and confident in his abilities. The outcome was positive and has given us the new start that we so desperately needed. Mr. Wells and his staff took care of everything we required and treated us with professionalism and kindness. He made a horrible situation bearable and we greatly appreciate his help.
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Posted by anonymous | October 16, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
There for me through a tough time!
I first worked with Mr. Wells in 2012 when I met with him for a bankruptcy consultation. I was very apprehensive about the whole process but really had no choice so I hired him and moved foreward. He listened to my concerns and was always there with accuracy and professionalism, explaining each step. I never had a doubt that he was on top of things and that helped so much. What a relief! Three years later and I have rebuilt my credit and am doing well. I had a question about a lien that was attached to my property before the bankruptcy. I am now in a position to settle that last remnant of my past financial troubles so I gave his office a call today. Mr. Wells called me back within an hour, remembered me from 3 years ago and answered all my questions, offering his services if needed. I would recommend Mr. Wells 100%. Bankruptcy can be an unnerving process- the right lawyer helps so much.
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Posted by Anne | April 16, 2015
Help with Chapter 13
Michael was an excellent support for us while we were going through bankruptcy. This is a stressful situation and he was always calm and non-judgmental, responding to all our questions and concerns. It helped make the process so much more manageable for us.
Posted by anonymous | December 28, 2014
Exceptional bankruptcy lawyer
I was impressed with Michael Wells even prior to my first consultation. From the beginning I could clearly see the law firm worked well together as a team. That alone speaks volumes. Knew I was in good hands from the start. My job schedule permits little flexibility and staff went out of their way to accommodate. Thank you Jordan, you are an angel and a patient one at that! Choosing to file bankruptcy was one of the most daunting, intimidating, and overwhelming decisions I have ever made. However, following the initial consultation I immediately felt at ease. After meeting Michael Wells with his calm warm demeanor and extensive bankruptcy case experience, I knew I needed to look no further. Without question, he was the lawyer that would represent me best. During the entire process he was with me step by step. No question was too small or insignificant. Regardless of hour or day of the week (weekends included) I always received prompt and reassuring responses. For such a financial manner, it was quite a personable experience. Yes, efficiency and confidence in one's ability to "win" your bankruptcy case is of highest priority. This I never doubted for a second, however, being treated as more than simply a dollar sign was the icing on the cake. Even before the trial date, I felt a tremendous weight lifted off my shoulders and I accredit this to Michael Wells. He clearly has a strong work ethic. Incredibly thorough, an impeccable attention to detail, and extremely knowledgeable of bankruptcy law. Is there anything that I would have changed about my selection? Absolutely not! After the trial, I left with a sense of peace knowing Michael helped clear the pathway for my fresh start. Without spoken words, I could see in his face that he too was happy to have lead me in the right direction. Michael Wells is a lawyer that excels in his career and also takes great pride in his work. I highly recommend, with him by your side you cannot go wrong.
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Posted by Ernest | December 20, 2014
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Mr. Wells and his staff were very professional and helpful during my legal ordeal. I would and will highly recommend him to others who may need legal assistance.
Posted by anonymous | December 4, 2014
Chapter 7 Experience
Mr. Wells and his staff were very professional, courteous and knowledgeable in all legal matters regarding the circumstances of my case.
Posted by Jim | December 4, 2014
Outstanding professional
Michael helped me through a very difficult situation filing Chapter 13. He was professional and experienced and helped to put me at ease. He walked me through the process step by step. My questions were answered promptly, even answered e-mail questions on a Sunday!
Posted by Cynthia | September 15, 2014
Bankruptcy Experience
Michael was recommended to me by a co-worker. He was very professional and empathetic. He walked us through the paperwork and made the process as stress-free as was reasonably possible. He kept us informed of the process, but did not hover. He also knew what he needed, so there was minimal need to repeat any of the steps of the process. The hardest part was gathering all of our paperwork. He is a caring, knowledgable advocate.
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Posted by Seth | September 4, 2014
Sticks with your case without asking for more $$$
Michael is a great lawyer and great advisor. Our case was a bit unusual since we have an LLC and our personal stuff so it dragged on for 7 months but Michael stuck with it, kept us informed every step of the way and never asked for any additional payments beyond what was agreed to up front.
Posted by Douglas | August 24, 2014
Chapter 7 Client Review
Upon meeting Mr. Wells, he immediately put me at ease in a very sensitive and troublesome legal situation. He listened attentively asking questions for clarification and then thoroughly explained our options. He was truthful and yet encouraging. He was always punctual and prepared for all of our meetings and court appearances. He worked diligently to ensure that we received the desired result. At the conclusion of our Chapter 7 bankruptcy, Mr. Wells also provided guidance to assist in my future financial decisions. Overall it was a very positive experience. I highly recommend Mr. Wells.
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Posted by anonymous | August 20, 2014
Great attorney, highly recommend!
Mr, Wells handled my case efficiently, attentively and with a high degree of professionalism. Would highly recommend his services!
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  • Hourly Rates $ 250-350 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.4 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Smith & Wells, P.C.
  • 2002 - Present
  • Partner
  • Wells Warren P.C.
  • 1996 - 2002
  • Associate
  • Wells, Paris, Blank & Brown, P.C.
  • 1985 - 1996


  • University of Richmond, The T. C. Williams School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1985
  • University of Richmond
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1980

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014

Speaking Engagements

  • American Inns of Court
  • Patrick Henry and the Bill of Rights
  • N/A

Attorney endorsements

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Personal injury Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Thoughtful, talented lawyer who dispenses excellent advice. Highest endorsement."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Wells is well respected in the legal community and has an excellent understanding of bankruptcy issues."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community."
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Midlothian Chapter 7 bankruptcy Lawyer Michael Owen Wells
Michael Owen Wells
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney
Midlothian, VA
Licensed for 38 years