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PRACTICE AREAS
Family Law
Criminal Law

Personal Injury

 

JONATHAN WELLS

PARTNER

BIO
Jonathan “Joe” Wells is a founding partner with James & Wells, PSC, where he focuses his practice in family law, criminal law, and personal injury.

 

Mr. Wells also teaches or has taught business law, criminal law, and criminal procedure at Kentucky Technical and Community Colleges. He has also taught legal education in the areas of criminal law and family law. 

 

Before joining the James & Wells, PSC he served as a Staff Attorney at Franklin Circuit Court and Law Clerk at Todd & Walter.  Mr, Wells is a member of the Kentucky Justice Association, Founding member of American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys, Kentucky Academy of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and Past President of the 12th Judicial Bar Association.

EDUCATION

Law Degree, University of Kentucky Law School 2001

Graduated from Eastern Kentucky University 1998
 

PRACTICE AREAS
Family Law

Civil Litigation

Personal Injury

Criminal Defense
 

ROBERT A. RILEY

PARTNER / OF COUNSEL

BIO
Attorney Robert A. Riley joined James & Wells PSC in 2005 after a long, distinguished career in the LaGrange Public Defender's office.

 

He's been a frequent lecturer, trainer and author of practice manuals including the Department of Public Advocacy’s DUI Manual. He continues to lecture on DUI and criminal law issues. 

 

Rob recently obtained a reported DUI decision from the Kentucky Court of Appeals. Rob co-authored the 12th Judicial Circuit Criminal Rules for District and Circuit Court and is a past-President of the 12th Judicial Circuit Bar Association.

 

Rob has handled criminal cases at all levels from District Court to the Kentucky Supreme Court. He has two published Supreme Court decisions involving DUI clients. 

 

Rob taught Criminal Procedure and Trial Practice at the University of Louisville Law School and spent a decade coaching the University’s National Trial Team. He attended the National College of Criminal Defense Lawyers in Macon, Georgia and is a former Board Member of the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.


EDUCATION
Western Kentucky University, 1979
University of Tennessee College of Law, 1982
 

PRACTICE AREAS
Workers Compensation

Personal Injury 
Criminal Law

Utility Law

EDWARD JAMES

OF COUNSEL

BIO

G. Edward James was a founding member of James & Wells, PSC. Now mainly retired, he serves as counsel to the firm and continues to handle Workers Compensation, Personal Injury, Criminal, and Utility law cases.

 

Mr. James has practiced for over 46 years and is licensed to practice in Indiana and Kentucky. He is a former Superior Court Judge in Indiana and former Assistant Attorney General of Kentucky.

 

Before attending law school, he served in the United States Navy. 

EDUCATION
Law Degree, University of Kentucky, 1971
Graduated from Eastern Kentucky University, 1968

 

PRACTICE AREAS
Personal Injury

Family Law

Appellate Law

Wills-Trust-Estates

Criminal Defense

BEN WYMAN

TRIAL ATTORNEY

BIO

Ben Wyman is a trial lawyer with the experience, skills, and demeanor to win your case. Born in Augusta, Georgia, Ben has lived the majority of his life in Louisville, Kentucky. 

 

Ben's legal training began before law school when he served as a pastoral counselor, chaplain, therapist, pastor and social worker in a variety of settings. Working with clients who were required to go to court introduced him to the legal system.

While in law school, Ben clerked for the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office, and later became an Assistant County Attorney, prosecuting a broad spectrum of criminal cases, from sex offenses to guns, drugs, and DUI’s.  

 

During his full-time service as a prosecutor, Ben maintained a family law practice in which he handled a wide variety of divorce and post-divorce matters. 

 

While representing clients, he is aggressive, relentless and zealous, yet he will maintain courtesy, civility, and respect for the opposing side, regardless of our disagreement. 

Although Ben's primary office is located in Carrollton, Kentucky, he travels throughout the state of Kentucky, representing clients in courtrooms throughout the state.  


EDUCATION

Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky –  J.D. –  2000

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky –  M.Div. – 1999

Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina – B.A. –  1984

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS

Louisville Bar Association

Kentucky Bar Association

Kentucky Justice Association