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 Worst Pet of All

Most of us have a favorite pet, especially pets we had as children. Cushman was a big brown boxer we had when I was a very young boy. The older kids in our neighborhood, Chris Cortney, Tommy and Ricky Dickerson next door, and the Corey...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

Judgment Law

JUDGMENT LAW I have been asked literally thousands of questions about the law through several venues over the years. Some of these questions are about legal judgments on the official courthouse book of record. But the answers about...

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...

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...

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...

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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COVID-19 Response

Reaching Us During Winston-Salem’s ‘Stay at home” Directive Effective at 5 p.m. on March 27, 2020, our lawyers, paralegals and staff members will be working remotely in adherence with the City of Winston-Salem’s “stay at home” order. This means that while we cannot...

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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 admiration for this lawyer who had...

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