Charles T. Wells - Attorney at Law

301 East Pine Street
Suite 1400
Post Office Box 3068 (32802-3068)
Orlando, Florida 32801

P 407-843-8880
F 407-244-5690

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Biography

Charley is a member of the firm's Appellate and Litigation practice groups. He serves as an expert witness in cases involving claims of legal malpractice and claims alleging insurer's bad faith. He is a registered legislative lobbyist in issues of tort and insurance reform.

Immediately prior to joining GrayRobinson, Charley served for more than 14 years as a justice on the Florida Supreme Court and was the chief justice from July 1, 2000, until July 1, 2002. He presided over the election cases that were decided by the court following the presidential election in November 2000, which have collectively become known as Bush v. Gore. During his tenure on the Florida Supreme Court, he participated in decisions, and wrote majority and dissenting opinions, covering the entire breadth of Florida law. These included cases involving products liability, medical malpractice and a wide variety of other complex tort claims; various insurance coverage and bad faith issues; state and local taxation; public records and open meetings laws; bond validations; criminal law; and the application of the Florida Rules of Civil and Criminal procedure, Rules of Evidence, Rules of Judicial Administration and Rules of Discipline.

Charley served six years as the state court representative of the Standing Committee on Federal Practice and Procedure of the Federal Judicial Conference. This is a 16-member committee to which the various federal rules committees report their recommendations for revisions to the federal rules.

Before his appointment to the Florida Supreme Court in 1994, he practiced law in the areas of tort, insurance and construction law for 28 years in Orlando. He represented claimants, insurers and sureties in his practice.

Charley has been an active participant in The Florida Bar. He served as a member of the board of governors of The Florida Bar, president of the Orange County Bar Association, and a member of the board of trustees of the Orange County Legal Aid Society.

He is a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's and juris doctor degrees. Charley is past president of Florida Blue Key, is a member of the university's Hall of Fame, has been recognized as an honorary member of Phi Beta Kappa, is a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Florida, and served as the Judge Peter Fay Jurist in Residence at the University of Florida's Levin College of Law for 2010.

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Background

Charley is a native Floridian who was born in Orlando on March 4, 1939, the son of Julia Talley Wells and J.R. Wells. In 1957, he graduated from William R. Boone High School in Orlando. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Florida in 1961 and his juris doctor degree from the University of Florida in 1964. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Florida Blue Key, and the University of Florida Hall of Fame. He was honored by being awarded recognition as a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Florida in 2001.

Charley is a member of St. Luke United Methodist in Windermere, Florida. He is a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army.

Charley and his wife, Linda Fischer Wells, moved to Tallahassee from Orlando upon his appointment to the Supreme Court. They have three children, Charles Talley Wells, Jr., who is a lawyer in Atlanta; Shelley Wells Collins, who is a medical doctor on the staff of Shands Hospital in Gainesville; and Ashley Wells Greene, who is a lawyer in Jacksonville. Charley and Linda have five grandsons, Robbie Collins, Evan Wells, Cooper Collins, Jackson Collins and Fenn Greene; and they have two granddaughters, Madison Greene and Julia Wells.

On June 24, 2009, Charley was interviewed on "Intersection," WMFE-FM, 90.7 Talk Radio. He sat on the state's highest court during some of its most controversial cases in recent times. Those cases included the contested 2000 presidential election, the Terri Schiavo case and others. Host Mark Simpson spoke with Charley about the experience. Click here to hear the interview.

Education
  • University of Florida, B.A. (1961)
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Florida Blue Key
    • Hall of Fame
  • University of Florida, J.D. (1964)
Admissions
  • All Florida courts
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeal, 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Claims
  • Supreme Court of the United States
Professional Associations & Memberships
  • The Florida Bar
  • AAA Roster of Neutrals, Member
Articles & Publications
  • "Tips for Young Lawyers," Trial Advocate Quarterly, 2014
  • Inside Bush v. Gore, 2013
  • Co-Author, "D'Amario v Ford: Time to Expressly State the Decision Is No Longer Viable," Vol. 85, No. 4, Florida Bar Journal, 2011
  • Co-Author, "Apportionment from Hoffman v. Jones Through the 2011 Legislative Session: Perfecting the Equation of Liability With Fault," Trial Advocate Quarterly, 2012
Awards & Recognitions
  • William Trickel, Jr. Professionalism Award, Orange County Bar Association, 2017
  • Orlando Life, AV Preeminent™ Lawyers, Immediate Resolution, 2013
  • AV Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Presentations & Seminars
  • Co-presentation with The Honorable A. Glenda Hatchett, “Civil Rights – Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow,” 2015 Spreading the Dream Initiative, January 13, 2015
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