Judge Jay Wells' Staff
Bailiff, Bridget Walters330.643.2247 E-Mail
Judicial Attorney, Michael Altvater330.643.2248 E-Mail
Judicial Assistant, Shari Hower330.643.7732 E-Mail
The Honorable Jay Wells
Judge Jay Wells took the bench as a Summit County Common Pleas Court judge on June 26, 2017. Prior to becoming a judge, Judge Wells served in the Army National Guard from 1988 to 2015. In the Army National Guard he served the country as a crewman on an M1 Abrams Armor tank. After completing his undergraduate degree from the University of Akron and law degree from the University of Akron School of Law, Judge Wells accepted a commission as a Judge Advocate General with the Army National Guard. As a JAG officer, Judge Wells initially worked as an Assistant Staff Judge Advocate advising commanders on a variety of legal issues including punitive actions, separations and letters of reprimand. Later, he worked in the Trial Defense Service until he retired in 2015. The Trial Defense Service is an independent agency within the US Army and its motto is, “Defending those who defend America.” At the time of his retirement, Judge Wells earned the rank of major.
While serving in the Army National Guard, Judge Wells also worked as a private practice attorney in Akron, Summit County and the surrounding area. As a private practice attorney, Judge Wells was an advocate for the disadvantaged and mentally ill. He served as counsel in dozens of jury trials and represented his clients in all aspects of court proceedings. Judge Wells was one of the attorneys who worked with Judge Amy Corrigall-Jones to start Valor Court. Valor Court gives veterans access to programs, treatment and interaction with mentors in a collaborative initiative to enhance chances of success after their involvement with the criminal justice system. Judge Wells has represented numerous clients who have successfully completed the program.
In private practice, Judge Wells also worked with the Summit County Probate Court’s mental health program with civil commitment hearings for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled. Judge Wells provided legal representation at each step in the commitment process.
Born and raised in Barberton, Judge Wells currently lives in Norton with his wife Angie. Judge Wells and Angie have been married for 20 years. They are involved in local charities, including the United Way, and numerous veterans’ charities. Judge Wells is a member of the Akron Bar Association.