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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Plowing to the Mark

The first lawyer I ever heard my father speak of was Andy Blair. Mr. Blair was a hard working lawyer who had climbed his way up from his small town roots.  My father admired hard work as much as most any other virtue, and he had deep...

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...

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...

What Would Your Mama Say?—The value of civility

WHAT WOULD YOUR MAMA SAY? It was Pete Sparks' idea. Pete Sparks lived down the street from me when I was just a boy. He was a year older than me, so he of course knew a lot of things. One of which was the way to get to the Valley...

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.

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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6 COVID Scams (and 3 of the Garden Variety) To Look Out For

Scams perpetrated on our senior citizens total billions of dollars every year, and they likely will total more than that in 2020 because of the Coronavirus Pandemic.  Be sure you and your loved ones are aware of several of the newer scams which are out there, and some of the other ones, too.

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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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