Theodore Wells, Jr.

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
1285 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019

A partner and co-chair of the Litigation Department, Theodore V. Wells Jr. has extensive litigation experience in white-collar criminal defense, complex civil and corporate litigation, SEC regulatory work and class action litigation.

In 2006 The National Law Journal named Mr. Wells Lawyer of the Year and over the years has repeatedly selected him as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America and as one of America's top white-collar criminal defense lawyers. Mr. Wells also has been recognized as one of the outstanding jury trial lawyers in the United States by numerous publications including Chambers USA 2006 which noted he is recognized by many as "the greatest trial lawyer of our generation."

Some of Mr. Wells' significant and publicly reported representations include:
  • the successful defense of U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Michael Espy in U.S. v. Espy
  • the successful defense of U.S. Secretary of Labor Raymond Donovan and other corporate executives in State v. Schiavone
  • the successful defense of U.S. Senator Robert Torricelli in the Department of Justice's three-year campaign finance investigation
  • the successful defense of Margaret Flake and U.S. Congressman Floyd Flake in U.S. v. Flake
  • the successful defense of Tennessee financier Franklin L. Haney, accused of campaign contribution law violations in connection with the Clinton/Gore 1996 Presidential campaign in U.S. v. Haney
  • the successful defense of San Francisco investment banker Calvin Grigsby of fraud charges involving the Port of Miami and Dade County, Florida in U.S. v. Grigsby.

In addition to defending a number of political figures, Mr. Wells has also represented numerous corporate executives and corporations in jury trials, grand jury investigations and before the SEC.

More specifically, he has defended:

financier Michael Milken in various criminal and civil securities litigations

financier Michael Steinhardt in the Salomon Brothers Treasury Investigation

hedge fund manager James Regan in the first Wall Street RICO prosecution in U.S. v. Regan

Carnival Corporation in U.S. v. Carnival Corporation (environmental prosecution)

Exxon Mobil Corporation in U.S. v. Exxon (environmental prosecution)

investment banker Frank Quattrone in the negotiation of his deferred prosecution agreement.

Mr. Wells also has extensive experience in representing major corporations in massive class action litigation. Some of Mr. Wells' publicly reported class action representations include:

Merck (securities class action)

Johnson & Johnson (race discrimination class action)

Mitsubishi Corporation (antitrust class action)

Carnival Corporation (securities class action)

Monsanto Corporation (mass tort class action)

Philip Morris Corporation (mass tort class action).

With extensive experience in corporate governance issues, Mr. Wells 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.

Mr. Wells 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 Program, 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 defense of securities and environmental criminal and civil matters, federal grand jury procedures and federal sentencing guidelines.

Active in social, political and community affairs, Mr. Wells served as national treasurer for Senator Bill Bradley's presidential campaign and previously served as a trustee of Holy Cross College and the co-chair of the NAACP Legal Defense 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.