Mitchell Mead Wells



Mitchell M. Wells concentrates his law practice in the areas of criminal law, DUI and traffic violations, and has defended hundreds of cases.

Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Wells served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Health Care Fraud section of the Office of the Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Mr. Wells was responsible for supervising various fraud investigations and litigating Virginia false claim actions in federal court pursuant to the Federal False Claims Act and the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act.

Before becoming an attorney, Mr. Wells served as a Virginia State Trooper for eight years. Mr. Wells investigated thousands of criminal, drug, DUI, traffic and accident cases; was rated “exceptional” by the Virginia State Police; and, he received 23 commendations for his exemplary service to the Commonwealth of Virginia. He was also filmed by the television show “Real Stories of the Highway Patrol.” Mr. Wells was certified by the Virginia Department of Forensic Science as a Breath Test Operator, and by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services as a Crime Prevention Specialist, General Instructor, R.A.D.A.R. operator, V.A.S.C.A.R. operator, and to administer the NHTSA standardized field sobriety tests.

While attending law school, Mr. Wells was a summer law clerk to the Honorable Robert E. Payne, Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, and prosecuted criminal, DUI and traffic cases as an intern for the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney for Henrico County, Virginia.

Mr. Wells represents clients throughout the Richmond-Petersburg Central Virginia area which includes the following jurisditions: Caroline County, Town of Bowling Green, Hanover County, Henrico County, New Kent County, City of Richmond, Chesterfield County, City of Colonial Heights, City of Petersburg, City of Hopewell, Prince George County, City of Emporia, Greensville County, Sussex County, Town of Waverly, Dinwiddie County, Brunswick County, Town of Lawrenceville.

Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Fees: Fixed (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types: Cash, Credit card

Contact info
100 East Broadway Avenue
Hopewell, VA, 23860

License
State Status Acquired Updated
VA Authorized to practice law 2005 03/31/2016

Awards
Award name Grantor Date granted
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated Martindale-Hubbell 2016
Rising Star Virginia Super Lawyers 2015
Top One Percent National Association of Distinguished Counsel 2015
Rising Star Virginia Super Lawyers 2014
Rising Star Virginia Super Lawyers 2013
Client Distinction Award Martindale-Hubbell 2013
Top Lawyers Richmond Magazine 2012
Rising Star Virginia Super Lawyers 2012
Rising Star Virginia Super Lawyers 2011
Top Lawyers Richmond Magazine 2011
Certificate of Completion – Summer Session – Harvard Law School National College for DUI Defense 2010
Rising Star Virginia Super Lawyers 2010
Today’s Top Opinion Virginia Lawyers Weekly 2008
Certificate of Completion-Summer Session-Harvard Law School National College for DUI Defense 2008
Admitted U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia 2006
Admitted U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia 2006
Admitted U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit 2006
Certificate of Completion-Mastering Scientific Evidence National College for DUI Defense 2006

Work experience
Title Company name Duration
Partner Riley & Wells – Attorneys-At-Law 2008 – Present
Associate Boone, Beale, Cosby & Long 2006 – 2007
Assistant Attorney General the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia 2005 – 2006
Law Clerk The Honorable Robert E. Payne, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia 2003 – 2003
Virginia State Trooper Virginia State Police 1994 – 2002

Education
School name Major Degree Graduated
EC/IR II Seminar – Technological & Medical Defenses Breath Testing CLE 2011
Defending Serious Traffic Cases:Smart Strategy, Creative Tactics Virginia CLE 2007
National College for DUI Defense DUI Master of Scientific Evidence 2006
College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law Law JD – Juris Doctor 2005
Virginia Commonwealth University Public Administration MPA – Masters 2000
Virginia State Police Academy Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Trained to Administer SFST 1995
Virginia Department of Forensic Science Breath Testing Certified Breath Test Operator 1995
Virginia State Police Criminal Law & Traffic Law Virginia State Trooper 1995
Virginia Military Institute Economics & Business BA – Bachelor of Arts 1994

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