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Chris Wells has represented clients in roughly one hundred trials, FINRA and AAA hearings, and regularly serves as an arbitrator.  

Chris has more than forty years of trial and litigation experience, where he has represented clients in matters relating to:

  • Securities,
  • Employment,
  • Covenant not to compete,
  • Trade secrets,
  • Unfair competition,
  • Trademark, and
  • Defamation and other business disputes

Chris has represented many firms and individuals in investigations and enforcement proceedings brought by securities regulators. His clients include securities brokers, banks, insurers, retailers, distributors, and other businesses and professionals. Chris has been an arbitrator for the AAA, FINRA, NASD, NYSE and King County Superior Court, and is also a member of the Securities Industry Association Compliance and Legal Division.

Before joining Lane Powell, he served as a(n):

  • Trial attorney for the United States Army in Heidelberg, Germany, from 1974-77;
  • Enforcement attorney for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from 1977-82; and
  • Certified Public Accountant and a member of the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants from 1981 to 2009.

Community Involvement

Board of Directors, King County Bar Foundation, Twelve Years

Member, Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants

Member, Seattle Economists Club

Member, American Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants


  • University of Kansas, J.D., 1973
    • Winner of Advocacy Competition at Kansas Law School, 1972
  • University of Kansas, B.S., 1970
    • Scholarship, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1965
  • University of Kansas, B.A., 1970


Certified Public Accountant, Washington, 1981-2009


  • Washington


  • French (Limited working proficiency)
  • German (Limited working proficiency)


"Washington Super Lawyer," Super Lawyers magazine, Securities Litigation (2014-2017)

Letter of Commendation on Appellate Brief from TJAG, United States Army (1976)

AV Preeminent® in Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™