Theodore V. Wells , Jr. - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Theodore V. Wells , Jr.

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1993

A partner and co-chair of the Litigation Department, Theodore V. Wells, Jr. has extensive litigation experience in white-collar defense, complex civil and corporate litigation, SEC regulatory work, healthcare fraud, FCPA, AML and OFAC investigations, environmental matters and class action litigation.

Additional Information

Experience

In 2010, Ted successfully defended Citigroup in a three-week jury trial where the plaintiff, the London-based private equity firm Terra Firma, claimed it was defrauded in connection with its purchase of the music company EMI, and claimed over $8 billion in damages.

In 2008, Ted successfully defended Citigroup in a five-month jury trial where the plaintiff alleged that Citigroup aided and abetted in the massive fraud at Parmalat, the Italian dairy and food corporation. The jury totally rejected the $2 billion claim for damages against Citigroup and also awarded Citigroup $364 million on Citigroup's counterclaim.

In 2012, Ted served as lead trial counsel for Bank of America in the massive securities class action relating to Bank of America's acquisition of Merrill Lynch & Co. The case was settled on the eve of trial.

In 2013, Ted served as lead counsel for Merck in the massive securities fraud class action relating to the drug Vytorin. The case was settled on the eve of trial.

Ted was lead trial counsel for Merck in the federal regulatory investigations related to Vioxx and was lead counsel for Abbott Laboratories in the federal regulatory investigations relating to Depakote. Both the Vioxx and Depakote federal regulatory investigations were successfully settled in 2012.

College of the Holy CrossBA 1972Harvard Law SchoolJ.D. 1976Harvard Business SchoolMBA 1976

Client Comments

"Theodore Wells is my number one choice to litigate anything, anywhere, at any time."

"For pre-litigation and litigation matters, having personally dealt with hundreds of lawsuits/lawyers, Ted Wells is the best lawyer in the country -- bar none."

"Theodore Wells is a superstar; he deserves all of the praise he gets, and more."

Office Location

1285 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019-6064
United States


Lawyer of the Year Awards

2013 Lawyer of the Year in Bet-the-Company Litigation of the New York City Metro Area2010 Lawyer of the Year in Criminal Defense: White-Collar of the New York City Metro Area
Theodore V. Wells, Jr. has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!Theodore V. Wells, Jr. has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2010!

Practice Areas

Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation (White-Collar Criminal Defense)
Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Litigation - Environmental
Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
Litigation - Securities