John B. Wells was born in Taylorville, Illinois in 1950. He graduated from Sangamon State University (now University of Illinois at Springfield) in 1973. Wells entered the Navy in February of 1972 and was commissioned in 1973. He served as a surface warfare office until his retirement as a commander in 1994. He served at sea for ten years in six different ships and had six years in command of shore facilities.
During his last tour of duty, Commander Wells attended the Duquense University Law school night program, graduating in 1994, shortly before his retirement from the Navy. Returning to Slidell, Louisiana, he opened his own practice which emphasizes military and veterans laws. His practice is national in scope and Commander 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 courts-martial throughout the United States and before the Department of Veterans Affairs. As well as military and veterans law, Wells concentrates on civilian criminal law, employment law, education law, federal administrative law, civil rights law, religious freedom law, tort law, construction law and contract law.
As well as Louisiana, Commander Wells is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia, His is also admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth, Federal and District of Columbia Circuits, United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and the various service Courts of Criminal Appeals, the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, the United States Court of Federal Claims and several federal district court including those in Louisiana and the District of Columbia.
Commander Wells also serves as the Director of Legal and Legislative Affairs of the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association. He is a member of the St. Tammany Parish Military
Veterans Advisory Council. He is a also a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Fleet Reserve Association, Military Officers Association of America and the United States
Naval Institute. Commander Wells is married to the former Janice Burton of Perth, Western Australia. They have two daughters and are five time grand-parents.