Barbara J. Wells

Shareholder

150 South Perry Street (36104)
P. O. Box 2069 (36102-2069)
Montgomery, AL

p: (334) 241-8016

f: (334) 241-8216

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Education:

J.D., cum laude, University of Michigan Law School, 1993

A.B., with distinction, University of Michigan, 1989

Bar Admissions:

Alabama, 1995

Illinois, 1994

Admitted to Practice

Supreme Court of Alabama

Supreme Court of Illinois

U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Alabama

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Judicial Clerkship

U.S. District Court Judge W. Harold Albritton, III (Aug. 1994 - Aug. 1995)

U.S. District Court Judge Mark E. Fuller (Dec. 2002 - Oct. 2011)

Honors and Awards

Carl Gussin Memorial Prize (Outstanding Clinical Student)

Campbell Moot Court Competition Quarter and Semi-Finalist

Best Oralist Award

The Best Lawyers in America - Labor & Employment Litigation; Individuals Employment Law

Best Lawyers - Montgomery Labor & Employment Litigation Lawyer of the Year, 2016

Best Lawyers - Woman Lawyer of the Year, 2016

Best Lawyers - Montgomery Labor & Employment Litigation Lawyer of the Year, 2017

Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating Award

Boy Scouts of America District Award of Merit


  • Handles lead-counsel responsibility for large or complex cases
  • Repeatedly obtains favorable rulings on key motions
  • Draws upon years of experience attained at the side of local federal judges to help clients formulate strategies for successful resolution of litigation
  • Uses oral advocacy to effectively obtain desired result
  • Advocate and advisor to clients
  • Drafts or revises personnel policies and employee handbooks
  • Recommends action for employers facing trouble with employees
  • Conducts fact-finding investigation
  • Manages client work to attain the best result for the lowest expense

Significant Recent Decisions:

Duncan v. Ala. Dep’t of Transp., CV-2013-902143 (Montgomery County Circuit Court)

Parten v. Alabama Tourism Dep’t, CW-2013-01621 (Montgomery County Circuit Court)

Abrams, et al., v. Tuberville, et al., 3:12cv177-MHT (M.D. Ala.)

McKitt v. Ala. Alcoholic Beverage Control Bd., et al., 2:12-cv-673-WHA (M.D. Ala.)

Perry, et al. v. Ala. Alcoholic Beverage Control Bd., et al., 2:11cv-464-WHA (M.D. Ala.)

Powell v. Doane, et al., 2:12-cv-440-WHA (M.D. Ala.)

Pinkney v. MOBIS Ala., LLC, 2:11cv244-WKW (M.D. Ala.)

Adams, et al. v. Attorney General of Ala., et al., 2:11cv621-WKW (M.D. Ala.)

Hundley v. U. S. Security Assocs., et al., 2:11cv1010-CSC (M.D. Ala.)

Wood, et al. v. Bailey Harris Constr. Co.,2:11cv136-WHA (M.D. Ala.)

Mims v. Chilton Med. Ctr., et al., 2:11cv41-MHT (M.D. Ala.)

Memberships, Affiliations, and Activities

American Inns of Court, Hugh Maddox Chapter - Master Bencher

Montgomery Education Foundation - Board Member

Boy Scouts of America - Cub Scout and Webelos Den Leader

Tukabatchee Area Council - Executive Board Member

2014 and 2015 Ecunchatee District Friends of Scouting Campaign Chair

Bear Exploration Center PTA - Member and Volunteer

Leadership Montgomery Legacy Program - Graduate, Class XXXII

St. John's Episcopal Church - Member

Q & A

How are you involved in your community?

I am a Board Member and volunteer for the Montgomery Education Foundation. I am a long-time volunteer for the Tukabatchee Council of the Boy Scouts of America. I currently serve as an Assistant Scoutmaster for one troop, a committee member for another troop, and a merit badge counsel. I am an active member of the PTSA organizations at Brewbaker Technology Magnet High School and at Floyd Middle Magnet School where my three sons are students.

What previous experiences influence your practice?

I tried cases in a clinic as a law student and caught the trial lawyer bug pretty hard from those early formative experiences. I also prize my clerkships for two U.S. District Court Judges for the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama as having been very significant influences on my practice.

Why did you choose to work at Capell & Howard?

When I knew I was moving to Montgomery, I asked a trusted mentor who happened to be a U.S. District Court Judge to recommend a high-quality law firm that he thought might be a good fit for my interests, and he recommended Capell & Howard.