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WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

Global Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Theodore Wells Jr takes a “smart and effective approach” to white-collar litigation and SEC investigations.

Biography

A partner and co-chair of the litigation department, Ted Wells has extensive experience in white-collar defence and complex civil and corporate litigation, including SEC investigations, healthcare fraud, FCPA, AML and OFAC investigations, high-profile environmental matters and complex class action litigation. For more than three decades, prominent business figures and politicians, and leading companies in a range of industries have entrusted their gravest legal challenges to him. In particular, Ted is among the nation’s best-regarded trial lawyers, having tried numerous multibillion-dollar cases before judges and juries.

The National Law Journal named Ted one of “The Decade’s Most Influential Lawyers” in 2010 and over the years has repeatedly recognised him as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America, including naming him the “Lawyer of the Year” in 2006. Ted has also been recognised as one of the outstanding jury trial lawyers in the United States by numerous publications, including Chambers USA, which has noted that Ted “is considered by many to be ‘the best trial lawyer in the country’”. Since 2013, Chambers USA has named Ted a Star Individual in three categories: nationwide trial litigation, New York general commercial litigation and New York white-collar crime and government investigations; he was recently recognised in the nationwide spotlight table for crisis management. Benchmark Litigation has named him in similar categories, including winning individual recognition as “Trial Lawyer of the Year” for 2019, and being inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2020. The Legal 500 has recognised him as a leading lawyer in white-collar criminal defence and as a leading trial lawyer. Additionally, in 2018 and 2019, Chambers USA named Ted a recognised practitioner in sports law, and in 2018 The Legal 500 recommended him in the antitrust-cartel category. Ted has also been named to The National Law Journal’s 2015 “Litigation Trailblazers” list, which honours 50 individuals who have changed the practice of litigation through the use of innovative legal strategies. Ted has been named The American Lawyer’s “Litigator of the Week” multiple times, including in 2019 for his work on behalf of ExxonMobil in a landmark $1.6 billion climate-change lawsuit brought by the New York Attorney General’s office and for his successful defence of New Jersey governor Phil Murphy in a high profile preliminary injunction matter. In 2017, Ted received the New York Law Journal’s “Lifetime Achievement” award.

Combining courtroom prowess, business acumen and regulatory expertise, Ted has helped clients achieve exceptional results in a variety of high-stakes matters.

With extensive experience in corporate governance issues, Ted previously served on the board of directors of CIT Corporation, a New York Stock Exchange company, where he was a member of CIT’s audit committee.

Ted is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has served as co-chair of the white-collar criminal section of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He has been a faculty member of the Practising Law Institute trial advocacy programme, a teaching team member of the Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop and a lecturer at the Securities Regulation Institute. He has lectured on the use and scope of the RICO statute, the defence of securities, healthcare and environmental criminal and civil matters, federal grand jury procedures and federal sentencing guidelines.

Active in social, political and community affairs, Ted served as national treasurer for Senator Bill Bradley’s presidential campaign and is the chairman emeritus of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Board of Directors. He previously served, on a pro bono basis, as general counsel to the New Jersey NAACP, New Jersey co-chairperson of the United Negro College Fund and general counsel to the New Jersey Democratic Party. Ted is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Ted is a fellow of the Harvard Corporation, the governing body of Harvard University.

Ted served as an editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review.

WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

WWL says

Theodore Wells Jr is a “legendary trial lawyer” who is “as good as they come”.

Biography

A partner and co-chair of the litigation department, Ted Wells has extensive experience in white-collar defence and complex civil and corporate litigation, including SEC investigations, healthcare fraud, FCPA, AML and OFAC investigations, high-profile environmental matters and complex class action litigation. For more than three decades, prominent business figures and politicians, and leading companies in a range of industries have entrusted their gravest legal challenges to him. In particular, Ted is among the nation’s best-regarded trial lawyers, having tried numerous multibillion-dollar cases before judges and juries.

The National Law Journal named Ted one of “The Decade’s Most Influential Lawyers” in 2010 and over the years has repeatedly recognised him as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America, including naming him the “Lawyer of the Year” in 2006. Ted has also been recognised as one of the outstanding jury trial lawyers in the United States by numerous publications, including Chambers USA, which has noted that Ted “is considered by many to be ‘the best trial lawyer in the country’”. Since 2013, Chambers USA has named Ted a Star Individual in three categories: nationwide trial litigation, New York general commercial litigation and New York white-collar crime and government investigations; he was recently recognised in the nationwide spotlight table for crisis management. Benchmark Litigation has named him in similar categories, including winning individual recognition as “Trial Lawyer of the Year” for 2019, and being inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2020. The Legal 500 has recognised him as a leading lawyer in white-collar criminal defence and as a leading trial lawyer. Additionally, in 2018 and 2019, Chambers USA named Ted a recognised practitioner in sports law, and in 2018 The Legal 500 recommended him in the antitrust-cartel category. Ted has also been named to The National Law Journal’s 2015 “Litigation Trailblazers” list, which honours 50 individuals who have changed the practice of litigation through the use of innovative legal strategies. Ted has been named The American Lawyer’s “Litigator of the Week” multiple times, including in 2019 for his work on behalf of ExxonMobil in a landmark $1.6 billion climate-change lawsuit brought by the New York Attorney General’s office and for his successful defence of New Jersey governor Phil Murphy in a high profile preliminary injunction matter. In 2017, Ted received the New York Law Journal’s “Lifetime Achievement” award.

Combining courtroom prowess, business acumen and regulatory expertise, Ted has helped clients achieve exceptional results in a variety of high-stakes matters.

With extensive experience in corporate governance issues, Ted previously served on the board of directors of CIT Corporation, a New York Stock Exchange company, where he was a member of CIT’s audit committee.

Ted is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has served as co-chair of the white-collar criminal section of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He has been a faculty member of the Practising Law Institute trial advocacy programme, a teaching team member of the Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop and a lecturer at the Securities Regulation Institute. He has lectured on the use and scope of the RICO statute, the defence of securities, healthcare and environmental criminal and civil matters, federal grand jury procedures and federal sentencing guidelines.

Active in social, political and community affairs, Ted served as national treasurer for Senator Bill Bradley’s presidential campaign and is the chairman emeritus of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Board of Directors. He previously served, on a pro bono basis, as general counsel to the New Jersey NAACP, New Jersey co-chairperson of the United Negro College Fund and general counsel to the New Jersey Democratic Party. Ted is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Ted is a fellow of the Harvard Corporation, the governing body of Harvard University.

Ted served as an editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review.

Corporate Governance 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Theodore Wells Jr has an "impressive" practice which focuses on advising large-scale corporations on securities transactions.

Biography

A partner and co-chair of the Litigation Department, Ted Wells has extensive experience in white-collar defense and complex civil and corporate litigation, including SEC investigations, healthcare fraud, FCPA, AML and OFAC investigations, high-profile environmental matters and complex class action litigation. For more than three decades, prominent business figures and politicians, and leading companies in a range of industries have entrusted their gravest legal challenges to him. In particular, Ted is among the nation’s best-regarded trial lawyers, having tried numerous multibillion-dollar cases before judges and juries.

The National Law Journal named Ted a “Litigation Trailblazer” in 2015, one of “The Decade’s Most Influential Lawyers” in 2010, and “Lawyer of the Year” in 2006. Chambers USA has noted that Ted “is considered by many to be ‘the best trial lawyer in the country’”, and since 2013 has named him a “Star Individual” in three categories: nationwide trial litigation; New York general commercial litigation; and New York white-collar crime and government investigations. It also listed him as a “Recognised Practitioner” in sports law in 2018 and 2019, and recently included him in its nationwide spotlight table for crisis management. Benchmark Litigation named Ted “Trial Lawyer of the Year” in 2019, and included him in its “Hall of Fame” in 2020. The Legal 500 has recognised him as a leading lawyer in white-collar criminal defence, and as a leading trial lawyer; in 2018 it also recommended him in its antitrust cartel chapter. Ted has been named The American Lawyer’s “Litigator of the Week” multiple times, including in 2019 for his work on behalf of ExxonMobil in a landmark $1.6 billion climate-change lawsuit brought by the New York Attorney General’s office, and for his successful defence of New Jersey governor Phil Murphy in a high-profile preliminary injunction matter. In 2017, Ted received the New York Law Journal’s “Lifetime Achievement” award.

Ted has represented Carnival Corporation (environmental prosecution), Mitsubishi Corporation (criminal antitrust prosecution), Nippon Chemi-Con Corporation (criminal antitrust prosecution) and Philip Morris (civil RICO case brought by the DOJ) in a variety of high-stakes litigations and investigations.

Ted previously served on the board of directors of CIT, a New York Stock Exchange company, where he was a member of CIT’s audit committee.

Ted is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has served as co-chair of the white-collar criminal section of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He has been a faculty member of the Practising Law Institute trial advocacy programme; a teaching team member of the Harvard Law School trial advocacy workshop; and a lecturer at the Securities Regulation Institute. He has lectured on the use and scope of the RICO statute, the defence of securities; healthcare and environmental criminal and civil matters; federal grand jury procedures; and federal sentencing guidelines.

Ted served as national treasurer for Senator Bill Bradley’s presidential campaign and is the chairman emeritus of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund board of directors. He previously served, on a pro bono basis, as general counsel to the New Jersey NAACP; New Jersey co-chair of the United Negro College Fund; and general counsel to the New Jersey Democratic Party. Ted is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a fellow of the Harvard Corporation.

Investigations 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

"Ted is one of the pre-eminent attorneys in the US"
"He's been a reliable name for many years" 

Biography

A partner and co-chair of the litigation department, Ted Wells has extensive experience in white-collar defence and complex civil and corporate litigation, including SEC investigations, healthcare fraud, FCPA, AML and OFAC investigations, high-profile environmental matters and complex class action litigation. For more than three decades, prominent business figures and politicians, and leading companies in a range of industries have entrusted their gravest legal challenges to him. In particular, Ted is among the nation’s best-regarded trial lawyers, having tried numerous multibillion-dollar cases before judges and juries.

The National Law Journal named Ted one of “The Decade’s Most Influential Lawyers” in 2010 and over the years has repeatedly recognised him as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America, including naming him the “Lawyer of the Year” in 2006. Ted has also been recognised as one of the outstanding jury trial lawyers in the United States by numerous publications, including Chambers USA, which has noted that Ted “is considered by many to be ‘the best trial lawyer in the country’”. Since 2013, Chambers USA has named Ted a Star Individual in three categories: nationwide trial litigation, New York general commercial litigation and New York white-collar crime and government investigations; he was recently recognised in the nationwide spotlight table for crisis management. Benchmark Litigation has named him in similar categories, including winning individual recognition as “Trial Lawyer of the Year” for 2019, and being inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2020. The Legal 500 has recognised him as a leading lawyer in white-collar criminal defence and as a leading trial lawyer. Additionally, in 2018 and 2019, Chambers USA named Ted a recognised practitioner in sports law, and in 2018 The Legal 500 recommended him in the antitrust-cartel category. Ted has also been named to The National Law Journal’s 2015 “Litigation Trailblazers” list, which honours 50 individuals who have changed the practice of litigation through the use of innovative legal strategies. Ted has been named The American Lawyer’s “Litigator of the Week” multiple times, including in 2019 for his work on behalf of ExxonMobil in a landmark $1.6 billion climate-change lawsuit brought by the New York Attorney General’s office and for his successful defence of New Jersey governor Phil Murphy in a high profile preliminary injunction matter. In 2017, Ted received the New York Law Journal’s “Lifetime Achievement” award.

Combining courtroom prowess, business acumen and regulatory expertise, Ted has helped clients achieve exceptional results in a variety of high-stakes matters.

With extensive experience in corporate governance issues, Ted previously served on the board of directors of CIT Corporation, a New York Stock Exchange company, where he was a member of CIT’s audit committee.

Ted is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has served as co-chair of the white-collar criminal section of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He has been a faculty member of the Practising Law Institute trial advocacy programme, a teaching team member of the Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop and a lecturer at the Securities Regulation Institute. He has lectured on the use and scope of the RICO statute, the defence of securities, healthcare and environmental criminal and civil matters, federal grand jury procedures and federal sentencing guidelines.

Active in social, political and community affairs, Ted served as national treasurer for Senator Bill Bradley’s presidential campaign and is the chairman emeritus of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Board of Directors. He previously served, on a pro bono basis, as general counsel to the New Jersey NAACP, New Jersey co-chairperson of the United Negro College Fund and general counsel to the New Jersey Democratic Party. Ted is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Ted is a fellow of the Harvard Corporation, the governing body of Harvard University.

Ted served as an editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review.

Litigation 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

WWL says

Theodore Wells Jr is hailed as "a truly legendary trial lawyer" with more than 30 years of experience handling high-stakes product liability class actions, white-collar cases and securities litigation for an array of clients.

Biography

A partner and co-chair of the litigation department, Ted Wells has extensive experience in white-collar defence and complex civil and corporate litigation, including SEC investigations, healthcare fraud, FCPA, AML and OFAC investigations, high-profile environmental matters and complex class action litigation. For more than three decades, prominent business figures and politicians, and leading companies in a range of industries have entrusted their gravest legal challenges to him. In particular, Ted is among the nation’s best-regarded trial lawyers, having tried numerous multibillion-dollar cases before judges and juries.

The National Law Journal named Ted one of “The Decade’s Most Influential Lawyers” in 2010 and over the years has repeatedly recognised him as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America, including naming him the “Lawyer of the Year” in 2006. Ted has also been recognised as one of the outstanding jury trial lawyers in the United States by numerous publications, including Chambers USA, which has noted that Ted “is considered by many to be ‘the best trial lawyer in the country’”. Since 2013, Chambers USA has named Ted a Star Individual in three categories: nationwide trial litigation, New York general commercial litigation and New York white-collar crime and government investigations; he was recently recognised in the nationwide spotlight table for crisis management. Benchmark Litigation has named him in similar categories, including winning individual recognition as “Trial Lawyer of the Year” for 2019, and being inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2020. The Legal 500 has recognised him as a leading lawyer in white-collar criminal defence and as a leading trial lawyer. Additionally, in 2018 and 2019, Chambers USA named Ted a recognised practitioner in sports law, and in 2018 The Legal 500 recommended him in the antitrust-cartel category. Ted has also been named to The National Law Journal’s 2015 “Litigation Trailblazers” list, which honours 50 individuals who have changed the practice of litigation through the use of innovative legal strategies. Ted has been named The American Lawyer’s “Litigator of the Week” multiple times, including in 2019 for his work on behalf of ExxonMobil in a landmark $1.6 billion climate-change lawsuit brought by the New York Attorney General’s office and for his successful defence of New Jersey governor Phil Murphy in a high profile preliminary injunction matter. In 2017, Ted received the New York Law Journal’s “Lifetime Achievement” award.

Combining courtroom prowess, business acumen and regulatory expertise, Ted has helped clients achieve exceptional results in a variety of high-stakes matters.

With extensive experience in corporate governance issues, Ted previously served on the board of directors of CIT Corporation, a New York Stock Exchange company, where he was a member of CIT’s audit committee.

Ted is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has served as co-chair of the white-collar criminal section of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He has been a faculty member of the Practising Law Institute trial advocacy programme, a teaching team member of the Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop and a lecturer at the Securities Regulation Institute. He has lectured on the use and scope of the RICO statute, the defence of securities, healthcare and environmental criminal and civil matters, federal grand jury procedures and federal sentencing guidelines.

Active in social, political and community affairs, Ted served as national treasurer for Senator Bill Bradley’s presidential campaign and is the chairman emeritus of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Board of Directors. He previously served, on a pro bono basis, as general counsel to the New Jersey NAACP, New Jersey co-chairperson of the United Negro College Fund and general counsel to the New Jersey Democratic Party. Ted is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Ted is a fellow of the Harvard Corporation, the governing body of Harvard University.

Ted served as an editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review.

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