Mr. Wells is a trial attorney who has been a member of the Florida Bar for over three decades. 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 his practice is now dedicated to representing injured persons as well as consumers in insurance disputes in cases against their own insurance companies. These insurance 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, disability and other direct actions against insurers), bad faith claims (claims against an insurer for improper claim handling), insurance agent negligence, and bodily injury cases in both the state and federal courts.
Mr. Wells is an experienced litigator, having tried numerous bodily injury, insurance coverage, and bad faith matters. He is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell. The Martindale-Hubbell "Peer Review Ratings" are an indicator of a lawyer's high ethical standards and professional ability based on the confidential opinions of local attorneys and judges. A rating of AV Preeminent is a significant rating accomplishment - a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.
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.
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 is a 2009 graduate 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.
Mr. Wells is proud to be a veteran. He served on active duty in the U.S. Navy from 1977 to 1981 and was honorably discharged.
|FL||Member in Good Standing||1987||08/04/2021|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2021|
|Client Champion Award||Martindale-Hubbell||2021|
|Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2021|
|Dean's List||Stetson University College of Law||1986|
|Dean's List||Ferris State University||1983|
|Partner||Valrico Law Group, PLLC||2019 - Present|
|Managing Partner||Wells Law Group, P. A.||2009 - Present|
|Partner||Pilka & Wells, P.A.||2007 - 2009|
|Managing Partner||Kim E Wells, PA; Wells Wiggins & Perusek;||1991 - 1997|
|Senior Associate or Associate||Merlin Law Group; Butler Pappas; Trawick, Hammersley & Valentine; Haas, Boehm, Brown, et al||1987 - 2007|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Florida Justice Association||Member||N/A|
|American Association for Justice (formerly ATLA)||Member||N/A|
|Hillsborough County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Brandon Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Windstorm Insurance Network||Chairman--Windstorm Legal Committee||N/A|
|Mealey's Litigation Reports: Insurance||Raising the Coverage Defense in the Bad Faith Case||2000|
|Stetson University College of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1986|
|Ferris State University||BS - Bachelor of Science||1983|
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