|Military Law Attorney- JOHN B. WELLS
phone (985) 641-1855
BIOGRAPHY OF COMMANDER JOHN B. WELLS, USN (RETIRED)
John B. Wells was born in Taylorville, Illinois in 1950. He graduated
from SpringfieldHigh School in 1968 and Sangamon State University
(now University of Illinois at Springfield) in 1973.
Wells entered the Navy in February of 1972 and was commissioned an Ensign in June of
1973. In June of 1974 he was assigned to the USS Holder (DD-819) as Main Propulsion
Assistant. In October of 1976 he transferred to the USS Coronado, (LPD 11) also as Main
Propulsion Assistant and later as Chief Engineer. While onboard, the ship deployed twice to the
Mediterranean and twice to the Carribean.
After a two year shore assignment as Commanding Officer, naval Reserve Center
Huntington WV, Wells was assigned to the Surface Warfare Officers School Department Head
Course. He was ordered to the USS Badger (FF-1071) as Operations Officer and later as Chief
Engineer. In 1982, Wells was assigned to the USS Worden, (CG-18) as Chief Engineer. The ship
made deployments to the Western Pacific, Indian Ocean and the North Arabian Sea.
In late 1984, Wells was reassigned to the staff of the Commander Naval Surface Reserve
Force. His responsibilities included the operation and scheduling for nineteen ships of the Naval
Reserve Force. In 1987, He was ordered to the pre-commissioning unit of Battleship Wisconsin
(BB-64) as Main Propulsion Assistant. Wells served as Acting Chief Engineer for a number of
months until the Engineer reported. He was later reassigned as Executive Officer (second in
command) of the USS Puget Sound (AD-38). Puget Sound’s mission was the repair of other
ships. The ship deployed to the North Atlantic and Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf while he was on
In 1989 Wells was reassigned as Commanding Officer, Naval Reserve Readiness Center
Pittsburgh, PA. At this time He began attending law school during the evening. Part of his
responsibilities was the training of over 1000 reservists. He retired from the Navy, as a
Commander on 1 August, 1994. He also graduated from Duquense Law School with a J.D.
approximately 6 weeks prior to his retirement.
Wells was qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer, Officer of the Deck (underway),
Combat Information Center Watch Officer, Command Duty Officer, Tactical Action Officer,
Navigator, and Engineering Officer of the Watch. He was also qualified for command at sea.
Wells received a mechanical engineering subspecialty based on significant experience.
Since his retirement, Wells has conducted a national practice based in Slidell Louisiana,
located near the military complexes at New Orleans, Gulfport and Biloxi. Wells travels
throughout the nation in support of military personnel. He routinely handles cases in the
Washington, D. C. area. Additionally he has represented clients in federal courts and
courtsmartial throughout the United States. As well as military law, Wells concentrates on
civilian criminal law, employment law, veterans law, federal administrative law, civil rights law,
religious freedom law, tort law, construction law and contract law.
Wells was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in November of 1994, the
Supreme Court of Louisiana in October of 1995 and the Court of Appeals for the
District of Columbia in April of 1996. His is also admitted to practice before the Supreme Court
of the United States. In addition, Wells is admitted to the following courts: United States Court
of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; United
States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces; United States Navy-Marine Corps Court of
Criminal Appeals; United States Army Court of Criminal Appeals; United States Court of
Appeals for Veteran's Claims; United States Court of Federal Claims; United States District
Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania; United States District Court for the Western
District of Louisiana; United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana; United
States District Court for the District of Columbia; United States District Court for the
Northern District of Texas; United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. He is
also admitted to practice before the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Wells is married to the former Janice Burton of Perth, Western Australia. They have two
daughters and are five time grand-parents.