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Ted Wells, Esq.


Ted Wells, Esq.


➤ J.D., Washington University in St. Louis School of Law
➤ M.A., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
➤ B.A., Indiana University of Bloomington


➤ California
➤ Missouri
➤ 8th Circuit Court of Appeals
➤ U.S. District Court, Central District of California
➤ U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
➤ U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
➤ Missouri Court of Appeals
➤ Missouri Supreme Court


Ted Wells, Esq.

Ted Wells is an accomplished and talented litigator with a proven record of success. Ted has routinely secured judgments in the millions, with a number of published opinions in his career.

Ted represents employers and businesses before state and federal courts, arbitral tribunals, and administrative agencies in a wide variety of employment and business litigation matters, including contract, business tort, fraud, consumer protection, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, and wage and hour lawsuits.

In law school, Ted externed for a United States Magistrate Judge, writing draft opinions on dispositive motions. After graduation, he represented plaintiffs in federal civil rights matters. His experience on the other side of the bench, and across the aisle gives him a useful perspective that allows him to better advise clients and help them navigate the complexities of litigation.

Ted directs the litigation division of Innovative Legal Services, where he provides mentorships to junior associates. Ted is proud that his colleagues share a common desire for genuinely helping others and collaborating on innovative strategies for each client.

Aside from the law, Ted enjoys composing pop and art music, analytic philosophy, the outdoors, and fitness.

Representative Matters:

➤ Banks v. Slay, 875 F.3d 876 (8th Cir. 2017) affirmed a $1.5 million judgment for the plaintiff.
➤ Jenkins v. Tucker, 857 F.3d 765 (8th Cir. 2017) affirmed the denial of qualified immunity.
➤ Snell v. County of Los Angeles et al. (2019) Negotiated a voluntary dismissal in a civil rights action, saving the client thousands of dollars in litigation costs and fees.
➤ Pozzi v. County of Los Angeles (2019) Negotiated an early settlement on terms favorable to the client, saving the client substantial litigation costs and fees and eliminating the risk of a significant adverse judgment.
➤ United States v. Harmon, 944 F.3d 734 (8th Cir. 2019) reversed a criminal sentence.
➤ Chestnut v. Wallace, 947 F.3d 1085 (8th Cir. 2020) affirmed denial of qualified immunity.
➤ Waldie v. County of Los Angeles (2022) compelled the deposition of the sitting Sheriff of Los Angeles County, Alex Villanueva.

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