Jennifer E. Wells
Jennifer Wells has handled criminal cases on all levels in both South and North Carolina for over 20 years. Jennifer has also written appellate briefs and argued before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. She regularly teaches at seminars on criminal law across South Carolina.
Jennifer graduated from Hollins College in 1996 with a B.A. in English. While she was there, she worked for then Chief of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, William W. Wilkins, Jr. She graduated with Honors and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Jennifer then attended the University of South Carolina School of Law and graduated in 2001. She went to work for the Honorable Trey Gowdy, who was then the solicitor of the Seventh Judicial District, which covers Spartanburg and Cherokee Counties. Her family relocated to North Carolina, where she was a state prosecutor for a year and then served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of North Carolina. As a federal prosecutor, Jennifer handled complex federal investigations into international drug trafficking organizations and money laundering operations. She returned home to South Carolina in 2016 and was tapped by Solicitor Barry Barnette to run his multi-jurisdictional domestic violence initiative. She also handled federal gun prosecutions as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the District of South Carolina. She won the John Justice Community Leadership Award in 2017. During her time as a prosecutor, Jennifer tried hundreds of cases to verdict, including complex federal drug cases, money laundering, murder, attempted murder, sexual assault, domestic violence, child pornography, and DUI.
“Giving people a voice is the most important part of being a lawyer to me,” Jennifer says. “People often feel like they get lost in the legal system. I work hard to make sure our clients have a voice in the process and that that voice is heard.”
Jennifer was raised in the Upstate and has two children. Outside of work, she enjoys the outdoors. Jennifer is an avid hunter and plans most of her time off around hunting and fishing. She also runs and completed a half Ironman. Jennifer is a sports fan and can often be found cheering on her children in their high school sports or her beloved college team in all sports.
- South Carolina – 2001
- North Carolina – 2006
- U.S. District Court District of South Carolina
- US District Court Eastern District of North Carolina
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- B.A. (English), Hollins College, Roanoke, Virginia (1996)
- J.D., University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina (2001)
Past Employment Positions
- Assistant Solicitor, Seventh Judicial Circuit, 2001 – 2006
- Assistant District Attorney, Tenth Judicial District, 2007 – 2008
- Assistant United States Attorney, Eastern District of North Carolina, 2008 – 2016
- Assistant Solicitor, Seventh Judicial Circuit, 2016 – June 2022
- Spartanburg County Bar Association
- South Carolina Bar Association
- South Carolina Association for Justice
- Greenville County Bar Association
- North Carolina Bar Association
- South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association
- Domestic Violence Resource Manual – NC Conference of District Attorneys
- Teaches regularly for CLE’s, advocacy groups, and law enforcement trainings.
Awards & Associations
Why should someone come to KD Trial Lawyers?
We literally have it all here. So often, one legal problem is really several legal problems. Our firm is in the unique position to be able to handle just about every legal angle a case may have. We work together as team to see all the issues, which is a rarity these days.
What are your favorite things about your job?
Helping people, hands down. The court system is big and can be really overwhelming to people. I love the ability to help people walk through the system and to advocate for them. Solving problems is the best thing about being a lawyer.
What do you like the most about the law?
I like the challenge. I love the courtroom. I think the opportunity to help people who normally feel like they don’t have a voice in the legal system and giving them that voice is the most rewarding thing we as lawyers get to do.