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 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...

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...

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...

The Most Important Opinion Of John Roberts

THE MOST IMPORTANT OPINION OF JOHN ROBERTS Chief Justice John Roberts has written many legal opinions for our nation's most influential court of law. But his most important opinion may be about his insights concerning what really matters...

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...

Will Rogers and Locker Law

One of the great contradictions we all share is the strange interplay in life between genuine confidence and our (in) ability to thread Life’s needle of success to avoid arrogance and pride. If you find the winning path to this one you...

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 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?

COVID-19 Response

UPDATED 6.3.2020: Office Procedures During COVID-19 As of June 1, 2020, we are meeting with clients at the Wells Law office. We have adopted the following procedures for our lawyers, paralegals and staff who are working in our office. 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...

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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