James A. Wells Bio
Jim Wells has been a trial lawyer for over 20 years. Since 2005, his practice has primarily involved complex personal injury cases for clients who have suffered serious personal injuries as a result negligent conduct, including medical negligence, product defects, workplace accidents, automobile accidents and unsafe premises. Regardless of the type of case, what Jim’s clients have in common is a serious injury that impacts their quality of life and their ability to earn sufficient income to provide for their family. Jim’s courtroom experience and his ability to explain complex issues of medicine and science have allowed him to obtain substantial compensation for his clients. Jim’s litigation experience also includes complex commercial cases and legal malpractice cases.
Jim has been recognized by his peers as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. He was also recognized in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star, a distinction reserved for the best lawyers in Pennsylvania who are either 40 and under or who have been practicing 10 or fewer years. In 2008, he was recognized as a “Lawyer on the Fast Track” by the Legal Intelligencer and the Pennsylvania Law Weekly.
Jim graduated cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh in 1991, where he earned a degree in Chemistry. He obtained his Law Degree from the West Virginia University College of Law in 1994, where he was an Articles Editor for the Law Review and graduated as a member of the Order of the Coif.
Bar Admissions and Memberships
Jim is active in national, state and local bar associations. On the national level, Mr. Wells has held several leadership positions with the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS). In 2014, he was elected to serve on the TIPS Council, which is the governing body of the Section. His prior positions in TIPS include Chair of the Medicine and Law Committee, Chair of the Plaintiff’s Policy Task Force, the Brief Editorial Board and the Long Range Planning Committee. On the state level, Mr. Wells served on the Pennsylvania Bar Association Board of Governors from 2003 to 2006 and has been a member of the PBA House of Delegates since 2001. His other PBA experience includes service as Chair of the Young Lawyers Division in 2004-2005. Mr. Wells was a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation Board of Directors from 2009 to 2014. Mr. Wells is also active in the Philadelphia Bar Association and has been a member of the State Civil Litigation Section since 2007.
Publications and Presentations
Author, Negotiating Medicare Subrogation Claims, American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section Medicine and Law Committee Newsletter, Winter 2015.
Consulted and quoted, Trip Gabriel, Hospital Agrees to Pay $190 Million Over Recording of Pelvic Exams, N.Y. Times, July 21, 2014.
Author, Passarello v. Grumbine, The Death Knell of Error in Judgment Instructions in Pennsylvania Medical Malpractice Cases, American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section Medicine and Law Committee Newsletter, Spring 2014.
Author, Legal Challenges to Nursing Home Arbitration Agreements on Grounds of Unconscionability, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal, Fall 2013, Vol. 49, No. 1.
Author, Ethics of Pre-Suit Investigation, American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section Business Litigation Committee Newsletter, Fall 2011.
Author/Presenter, Important Tips for Pre-Suit Investigations, Hot TIPS audio CD, American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section.
Moderator/Presenter, Hot Topics in Civil Litigation, Pennsylvania Bar Association Midyear Meeting, January 2010.
Author, E-Discovery of RAM Data: Even Temporary Computer Data is Discoverable, ABA Section of Litigation, Technology for the Litigator, August 2007.
Author, Preserve Clients’ Automobile Defect Claims, The Young Lawyer, Vol. 11, No. 1, October 2006.
Panelist, Effective Appellate Arguments, Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Annual Meeting, August, 2005.
Author, Modern Technology and the Conflict Between Copyright and Free Speech: The Application of Copyright Law to Television Newscasts, West Virginia Law Review, Vol. 95, No.1, Fall 1992.
Litigation of complex civil cases involving serious personal injury, medical malpractice, product defects, workplace accidents, automobile accidents, unsafe premises, commercial disputes and legal malpractice.