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Steven Michael Wells

Federal crime Attorney at Anchorage, AK

4.7   3 reviews
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
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  • State Years
    Alaska - AK 23 years
    Washington - WA 13 years
    Tennessee - TN 28 years
    California - CA 29 years
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State AK
    Acquired 2000
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2010
    Inactive No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State TN
    Acquired 1996
    Surrendered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1994
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Steven

Learn Steven’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Drug Crime

  2. Federal crime
    Crime in federal court such as drug or immigration offenses. Also some general crime, such as DUI, handled in federal court because of jurisdiction. This includes representation prior to actual filing of charges.

  3. White collar crime
    Fraud, environmental and regulatory matters involving potential federal penalties. This includes pre-charge investigation and compliance issues.

  4. DUI and DWI

  5. Sex crime


Attorney Steve Wells is a criminal defense lawyer with 30 years of experience in practicing criminal defense. After Wells graduated from the California Western School of Law, he started a criminal defense practice in Nashville, Tennessee. Attorney Wells practiced in Tennessee for several years, and then moved his practice to Alaska, where he always wanted to serve as a criminal defense attorney. In 2004, Attorney Wells joined the Office of Public Advocacy, where he traveled throughout Alaska defending clients facing criminal charges. Some of the clients he defended were being charged for crimes such as homicide, robbery, kidnapping, sex crimes, and first-degree assault cases. Attorney Wells is passionate about criminal defense and believes that it is important to protect the rights and freedoms of every one of his clients. Among Attorney Wells’ many accomplishments, he is the founding President of the Alaska Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (AACDL), he is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), and he is also a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Presenter Nationwide. In May of 2006, Attorney Wells founded the Law Offices of Steve M. Wells, his Alaska firm that provides satisfactory results for the clients he defends, in both state and federal court. When you choose to work with Attorney Wells, you are choosing to receive representation and legal assistance from a lawyer with extensive experience and a successful background of past cases. If you are interested in teaming up with Attorney Wells, contact the Law Offices of Steve M. Wells at to schedule your free consultation. 

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Law Offices of Steve M. Wells


4.7 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | January 30, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
I am so glad that he answered the phone
I had just had the scariest night of my life. I was still working and I was trying to find a lawyer in the late evenings when I got off work. There were many lawyers that I talked to those few, frantic days. Steve was the first one who really seemed like he understood how scary and stressful life was at that moment. He was the first one who made me feel like everything was going to be okay. It's now three years later and everything is okay because Steve answered the phone. At trial his quick thinking and preparation really shined through. He's an amazing lawyer and an amazing person. I would recommend him to anyone who is facing the possibilities of being charged with a crime.
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Posted by Sarah | August 14, 2016
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I thank God for Steve Wells!
Call me dramatic, but I thank Steve Wells for saving my life! I'm a 30 year old girl, with no previous criminal history. After a night of binge drinking, my boyfriend came home to me sleeping and ended up causing a huge domestic disturbance. I ended up getting slapped with 2 very VERY serious felony charges. I was scared, VERY scared. A family friend recommended Steve after seeing some of his work and knowing was one of the best lawyers in the country (Top 10 Award was awarded I believe). In comparison to other attorneys, his fees may seem steep, but I believed I owed it to myself to fight as much as I could. Steve did a great job translating the judicial process to me, helped me outweigh my decisions, helped make sure I didn't have to miss work too much for court, and helped me attempt to live a normal life in the process. For the most part, I tried not to hound him and let him work... The last day in court is when he really shined. We rolled the dice and he ended up making a deal with the judge that we all were at peace with. The court room was baffled and fellow attorneys and DAs made sure to tell him how remarkable he was that day and congratulated him. It was a pretty cool thing to see... If you, or someone you care about, needs a good lawyer in Anchorage, I would advise them to think long and hard about their choice. You pay for the work you get and personally, I understand how small town Alaska and Anchorage really is. I think it's important to hire someone who had standing relationships with everyone in this court system and a respected attorney in his community. I found that. Good luck!
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Posted by L | May 7, 2014
Just started...
He is detailed about his work. He is friendly and knowledgeable. I have just begun to work with him and he is doing the best he can.


  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Offices of Steve M. Wells
  • 2006 - 2015
  • Attorney
  • Alaska Office of Public Advocacy
  • 2003 - 2006
  • Attorney
  • Alaska Public Defender Agency
  • 1999 - 2003


  • California Western School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • Covenant College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1991

Sample of Legal Cases

  • US v Olson
  • Acquittal on Most Serious charge; minimal jail sentence
  • US v Crandell
  • No jail time or restitution
  • US v. O'Hare
  • No jail time
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  • Alaska Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • President
  • 2010 - 2012
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Board of Directors
  • 2009 - 2016

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • 10 Best for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

  • Montana Public Defender
  • Trial Skills Boot Camp
  • 2013
  • Annual Legal Education
  • Cross-Examination of Law Enforcement
  • 2013
  • Annual Meeting
  • Voire Dire When Your Client Confesses
  • 2012
  • Annual Meeting
  • Social Media Evidence: Obtaining It and Using It
  • 2012
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Bail Practices and Strategies
  • 2011
  • Annual Meeting
  • Forensic Sciences After NAS Report
  • 2010
  • Advanced Indigent Defense Seminar
  • Cross-Examination of Law Enforcement
  • 2009
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Cross-Examination of Law Enforcement
  • 2008
  • National Juvenile Defender Conference
  • Juvenile Brain Development and Coercive Interrogation
  • 2006
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Anchorage Federal crime Lawyer Steven Michael Wells
Steven Michael Wells
Federal crime Attorney
Anchorage, AK
Licensed for 29 years
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