Barbara Wells has represented the federal government in federal district courts and courts of appeals across the nation for more than fifteen years. In recent years, as a trial attorney for the Securities and Exchange Commission in Denver, Ms. Wells has litigated cases involving the enforcement of the Securities Act of 1933, the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, and the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. Ms. Wells has also appeared before the Commission’s administrative law judges in public administrative proceedings.
Prior to employment by the Securities and Exchange Commission, Ms. Wells was a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington. D.C. Her appellate and trial work at the DOJ involved civil and criminal enforcement of statutes regulated by the Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. While at the DOJ, Ms. Wells was appointed to Attorney General Janet Reno’s Honors Program and received awards from the Office of the Inspector General of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, the Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Chief of the Internal Revenue Service, the President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. She also received two Special Commendations for Outstanding Service from the Department of Justice. In 2004, Ms. Wells authored a chapter in the Federal Narcotics Prosecution Manual published by the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Education.
Ms. Wells clerked for two years for the Hon. Norma Holloway Johnson, the former Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Ms. Wells graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, where she won the 1993 Trial Advocacy Competition. Prior to law school, Ms. Wells practiced as a certified public accountant.