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Barbara J. Wells

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

p: (334) 241-8016

f: (334) 241-8216

Barbara.Wells@chlaw.com | vCard

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 from pretrial through appeal
  • 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
  • Advises clients
  • Drafts or revises personnel policies and employee handbooks
  • Conducts investigations

Recent Trials:

Mercer v. ALDOT, obtained defense verdict after a four-day jury trial in the U.S. District Court for the N.D. Ala (2019)

Perry v. Alabama ABC Board, obtained defense verdict after a four-day jury trial in the U.S. District Court for the M.D. Ala (2017)

Representative Cases:

Abrams, et al.  v. Stroud, et al., (M.D. Ala.) – Securities Fraud

Bailey v. DAS North America, (M.D. Ala.) – Employment

Boyd v. Alabama Dep’t of Transportation, (N.D. Ala.) – Employment

Brown v. Alabama Dep’t of Transportation, (N.D. Ala.) – Employment

Capizzi v. Rheem Manufacturing Co., (M.D. Ala.) – Employment

Crum, et al. v. State of Alabama, (M.D. Ala.) – Employment class action

Duncan v. State of Alabama, (M.D. Ala. & 11th Cir.) – Employment

Foster, et al. v. Davis, et al., (M.D. Ala.) – Personal Injury/Removal

Grant v. Office of the Attorney General, et al., (M.D. Ala.) – Employment

Green v. Alabama Board of Medical Examiners, et al., (M.D. Ala.) – Constitutional Litigation

Green v. Graham, (M.D. Ala. & 11th Cir.) – Constitutional Litigation

Green v. Mobis Alabama, LLC et al., (M.D. Ala.) – Employment

Hollon v. DAS North America, (M.D. Ala.) – Employment

IMO US Development LLC v. Triple C Development Inc., (N.D. Ala.) – Business Litigation

Iverson v. City of Montgomery, (M.D. Ala.) – Constitutional Litigation

Leach v. Guardian Credit Union, (M.D. Ala.) – Employment

McDade v. Alabama Dep’t of Transportation, (M.D. Ala.) – Employment

Mercer v. Alabama Dep’t of Transportation (N.D. Ala.) – Employment

McKitt v. Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Bd., (M.D. Ala. & 11th Cir.) – Employment

Parks v. Alabama Dep’t of Transportation, (N.D. Ala.) – Employment

Perry, et al. Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Bd., (M.D. Ala. & 11th Cir.) – Employment

Powell v. Doane, (M.D. Ala.) – Constitutional Litigation

Memberships, Affiliations, and Activities

American Inns of Court, Hugh Maddox Chapter, Master Bencher

Women In Training, Board President

Montgomery Education Foundation, Board Member

Boy Scouts of America, Merit Badge Instructor, Troop Advancement Chair, Leaser for Explorer Post

2014 and 2015 Ecunchatee District Friends of Scouting Campaign Chair

Leadership Montgomery Legacy Program, Graduate, Class XXXII

St. John's Episcopal Church - Member

Q & A

How are you involved in your community?

I am the Board Presidents and volunteer for Women In Training. I also serve as 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.

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.