After serving with distinction as a Mobile County District Judge from 1997-2007, Judson W. Wells joined Carr Allison as a shareholder on January 1, 2008. Since joining Carr Allison, he has brought his years of judicial experience and prior defense lawyer experience to serve his clients in many areas of the law. He has defended labor and employment, professional liability, worker’s compensation and insurance claims. He currently serves as a Special Master for Mobile County Circuit Court (appointed by the Honorable Ben Brooks) and also serves as a mediator, both by private retention and by appointment by various Mobile and Baldwin County Circuit judges. Judge Wells is recognized by and registered as a trained mediator with the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution, and is listed on the Alabama State Court Mediator Roster for 2015-2017, as he has been for many years.
Judge Wells is AV-rated through Martindale-Hubbell. He is an active member of the Professional Liability Attorneys Network (PLAN), a national network of professional liability lawyers, where he serves as Co-Chairman of the Membership Committee (2011-present), and served as Co-Chairman of the 2014 PLAN Atlanta Regional Seminar. Judge Wells serves as a continuing education lecturer on employment law issues for clients. Judge Wells has successfully defended many employers on EEOC charges and in court. He recently was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers of America© 2018 in the areas of workers’ compensation and labor and employment.
During his time on the bench, Judge Wells handled a heavy docket of civil, criminal and traffic cases. Additionally, he served as a “duty judge” for Mobile County Circuit Court, presiding over numerous civil jury trials, including a two week civil trial on a case of first impression in Alabama. Judge Wells served as a frequent lecturer for the Alabama Judicial College from 1998 through 2009. He remains “on call” to handle court dockets for Mobile County District Court as needed. He currently serves as Secretary of the Mobile County Judicial Commission (2013-2019) as a representative of the Mobile Bar Association.
Judge Wells practiced law for 11 years prior to assuming the bench, specializing in insurance and corporate defense. At the time of his appointment to the bench by Governor Fob James in 1997, he was a named partner in the firm of Janecky, Newell, Potts, Wells & Wilson, PC.
Judge Wells is a proud graduate of The University of Alabama (BA 1983; JD 1986). He has served his alma mater in numerous capacities over the years, most notably by serving as president of the National Alumni Association (2005-2006), a 35,000 member organization with members worldwide, and president of the UA Law School Alumni Association (2000-2001). He recently was elected to the university’s prestigious Blackburn Institute where he serves as Co-Chairperson of Leadership Development. He serves as a Director of the UA Law School Foundation (2007-Present), is past secretary and current Director of the Mobile Red Elephant Club, and is a founding member of the Bama Tip-Off Club of Mobile.
An active community leader, Judge Wells currently sits on the Senior Bowl Committee and the Mobile Arts and Sports Association. He is a past president of the Alabama District Judges Association (2004-2005) and the Mobile Touchdown Club (2005-2006), a 65 year old youth athletic charity. Judge Wells serves as a Master Bencher in the Paul Brock Chapter of the American Inns of Court.