On the Way to the Courthouse:

Over the last several years our partner, Mike Wells, has written nearly 200 widely acclaimed “On the Way to the Courthouse” pieces. Many of them are published in various state and local publications as well, including the North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, the Winston-Salem Journal, the North Carolina State Bar Quarterly, and the Clemmons Courier.  Selections of them have also been recorded for the Winston-Salem affiliate of National Public Radio and for the North Carolina National Public Radio network.

Included here is a selected list of some of the most widely read and acclaimed pieces, which we hope you find useful. 

If you have a particular comment or insight on these or other topics, please feel free to share them with us, and in confidence if you wish. If you have other topics to suggest as possible pieces, we welcome your thoughts. (336.283.8700. mike@wellslaw.us).

The Fine Art of Learning to Say No

Friends, Following is a piece about the importance of learning to say No from time to time in our busy lives.  I am pleased that it was published by the NC State Bar in the North Carolina State Bar Journal (Fall 2019), which is sent to...

Common mistakes in handling your personal injury claim

In the next two columns we will identify common mistakes people with legitimate injuries from a motor vehicle wreck make in settling their claim and provide some practical solutions. Have you documented clearly that the injuries you...

The Noble Function of Constructive Criticism and the Contrary Point of View

Studies tell us our process for making important decisions could be improved, and sometimes in some significant ways. Many wrong choices could become better choices if we did a more disciplined job of handicapping true facts, and we...

The Eyewitness

One of the more surprising truths concerning the trial of a lawsuit is about eyewitness testimony. It is often one of the most unreliable forms of evidence there is. But how can a witness who is there to see the event in question be...

A Perfect Halloween Strategy – The Value of a Plan

She was way ahead of me on this one, as older sisters often are with their little brothers. Halloween has always been a great time for children.  The best part for me as a child was the stash of candy you collected.  For a period of time,...

On the Way to the Courthouse: Character Arc Law

Over the last several years Mike Wells has written nearly 200 “On the Way to the Courthouse” pieces. Many of them are published in various state and local publications as well, including the North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, the...

Shakespeare Law: Take the Tide and Face the Devil You Fear

You know the Devil Brothers, don’t you? They know you. When you come to that fork in the road on a major decision you have to choose: do you stick with the devil you know, with all of its known challenges, or do you choose the devil you...

All Alone Together

All of us would agree we live in decidedly different times than we have experienced before.  Never in our lifetimes have so many people been so uncertain about so many things, and literally so afraid.

The Last Valentine’s Gift

The Last Valentine’s Gift Forty years ago this month, my mother gave to my three siblings and me the last Valentine’s gifts we would ever receive from her.  Cancer was diagnosed shortly after Thanksgiving, and our mother was in the last...

On the Way to the Courthouse: The Law of the Letter

Over the last several years our firm has written nearly 200 “On the Way to the Courthouse” pieces, which are reflections of partner, Mike Wells. Many of them are published in various state and local publications as well, including North...

Jarhead Law, and What We Can Learn from It

It started with a phone call. I was asked some years ago to host a weekly pro bono local legal call-in show for a radio station on a Sunday afternoon from 3-4 pm to fulfill the station’s required public service FCC requirement. The questions of the callers were...

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All Alone Together

All of us would agree we live in decidedly different times than we have experienced before.  Never in our lifetimes have so many people been so uncertain about so many things, and literally so afraid.

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The Most Important Opinion of John Roberts

We do not have to be a supreme court justice, or a decider-in-waiting at an elite private school, to understand in our lane of life as a decider the importance of humility, balance, and a measured view of our own opinions. Very few decisions or comments, including comments about politics and pandemics, driven to the edges of available options by stridency, ego or largely anecdotal one-time personal experiences, take us to the best place. And just calling those decisions and comments every time we have a disagreement with someone a stand on principle does not make all of them so, does it?

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