About Wells, Anderson & Race, LLC

For over twenty years, the attorneys at Wells, Anderson & Race, LLC have represented clients involved in litigation matters both complex and straightforward. Our attorneys understand the importance of collaborating with our clients to find efficient, affordable solutions to legal problems. Whether the client faces a novel or a recurring issue, our attorneys are positioned to assist in all phases of the litigation process from the inception of a case through any appeals. For additional information about our practice, please feel free to contact us.

Wells, Anderson & Race, LLC’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

This year, Wells, Anderson & Race, LLC proudly celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary as a majority woman-owned law firm. We owe a great deal of our success to the firm’s longstanding support for diversity and inclusion. Experience has shown that our diversity makes us better lawyers and better people, and enhances our ability to serve our clients. Our attorneys are active with many non-profits that help promote diversity and inclusion both in the legal profession and our broader community.

We are proud to be an active member of National Association of Minority and Women-Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF). In addition, our Firm is certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise Council (WBENC). Our Firm was a founding member of the Colorado Campaign for Inclusive Excellence, now known as the Center for Legal Inclusiveness (CLI). Our attorneys have served on the board of CLI and are actively involved in events through the CLI Dream Team, CLI’s Young Lawyers Division, and the Sam Cary Bar Association.

We are an active sponsor of the law school pipeline program, Law School… Yes We Can, for which some of our attorneys serve as mentors. Wells Anderson & Race is also a sponsor of the Pledge to Diversity, a program dedicated to providing summer internships and mentoring to diverse law students. Through this program, we have provided valuable on-the-job experience to diverse law students from the University of Colorado, University of Denver, and University of Wyoming.

One of the firm’s founders is the designated representative of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Colorado Chapter, to the joint Colorado Bar Association and Colorado Judicial Institute Diversity on the Bench Coalition, a project with the goal to increase the diversity of the state court judiciary to reflect the diversity of the state population.

We have attorneys serving on the boards of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association, the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations, and the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association Foundation. One of our attorneys previously served as the President of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association and coached the Arrupe Jesuit High School mock trial team. We are also active with the Colorado Bar Association’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity Task Force.

Professional Development and Training

We recognize our responsibility to train our attorneys so they become capable of assisting our clients competently, efficiently, and independently. This starts with individual case mentoring – at no expense to our clients. Training classes are held in-house on topics of general interest, such as changes to substantive areas of law, trial practice, briefing and pre-trial procedures.

Wells, Anderson & Race, LLC pays for the continued legal education of all of its attorneys. At the appropriate time in their legal career our attorneys attend deposition training at the Defense Counsel Trial Academy of the International Association of Defense Counsel. Our attorneys participate in the Faculty of Federal Advocates program of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado. Through the Faculty our attorneys can attend monthly legal education programs at which the U.S. District Court Judges and Magistrate Judges speak and the annual half day Roundtable with the Federal Judges.

On a yearly basis, the members evaluate the progress of our associates and discuss with them their development as attorneys and opportunities we can provide to them in order to advance their careers; and to provide additional training or assistance they may need to develop professionally.

All of our attorneys continue to seek professional and personal improvement throughout their career, including participation at professional conferences – such as the IADC meetings, and the DRI area specific conferences, such as Product Liability, Drug and Medical Device, and Governmental , the Product Liability Advisory Council, and Colorado Bar Association, Denver Bar Association and Colorado Defense Lawyers’ Association programs. We welcome opportunities to attend client specific training, and to provide training for our clients in areas of interest to them.

We know that the training of staff goes hand in hand with our commitment to provide excellent representation to our clients. We have regular staff training as we update our software resources. We send our staff to conferences and training programs as needed.

Wells, Anderson & Race, LLC Congratulates its 2024 Super Lawyers:

The Wells, Anderson & Race, LLC attorneys listed below have been selected to the 2024 Colorado Super Lawyers list.

Sheryl L. Anderson – Insurance Coverage
L. Michael Brooks – Civil Litigation: Defense
Paul D. Dinkelmeyer – Civil Litigation: Defense
Adam P. O’Brien – Business Litigation
Mary A. Wells – Personal Injury Products: Defense

Rising Stars:
William D. Healy – Business Litigation
Chelsie L. Smith – Civil Litigation Defense

Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. In addition, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected each year by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive the “Rising Star” honor.  Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys. The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country. Super Lawyers Magazines also feature editorial profiles of attorneys who embody excellence in the practice of law. For more information about Super Lawyers, visit SuperLawyers.com.

Wells, Anderson & Race, LLC is proud to announce that it again has been named in the 2024 Best Law Firms® rankings.


Commercial Litigation
Insurance Law
Litigation – Insurance
Litigation – Labor & Employment
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Best Law Firms - Standard Badge


Appellate Practice
Civil Rights Law


“Wells, Anderson & Race have excellent attorneys that manage personal injury, construction and product litigation. They provide responsive, strategic and cost effective management of both claims and litigation.”

John Shelonko, formerly of Lafarge North America

“Wells, Anderson & Race are among the very best. Incredibly cost efficient, sagacious, effective defense firm. Also excellent at getting our insurers to pay for their services. Very responsive. They understand the business perspective.”


Commercial Litigation

“Mary Wells, a founding member of Wells, Anderson & Race, ranks among the very best of all trial lawyers in Colorado and the west if not the very best. She capably heads a group of seasoned professionals whose results in the trial and appellate courts of Colorado reflect the excellence Mary Wells demands and expects from her peers. The result of this excellence in trial / appellate practice provides those of us who require the very best lawyers in Colorado and the west a reservoir of legal talent.”

John W. Klein, Fidelity National Title Group

“I work with lawyers in eight states, and I find Wells, Anderson & Race very knowledgeable and easy to work with. They are always willing to listen to my company’s input and give advice on how to handle certain sensitive claims.”

Glenn A. Hageman, Farmers Alliance Companies

“Wells, Anderson & Race provides excellent representation.”


“Wells, Anderson & Race is an excellent insurance defense firm!”


Litigation – Labor & Employment

“Wells, Anderson & Race has great attorneys and great people who get the job done thoroughly and efficiently. They provided excellent representation and wise counsel for difficult situations.”

Jeff Huntley, Summit County Attorney, Summit County, Colorado.

“We have worked with Wells, Anderson & Race for many years and have known them to be professional and knowledgeable in all aspects of cases they have handled.”


“Wells, Anderson & Race provides expert advice and tremendous experience in a timely, efficient, and collaborative manner; they are a pleasure to work with!”


Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

“Among the very best. Wells, Anderson & Race are a pleasure to work with; and they have always helped us achieve our goals. They regularly exceed expectations.”


“We utilize the services of Mary Wells at Wells, Anderson & Race in utility line strike cases involving aircraft. Her expertise in this area is invaluable and I would not hesitate to recommend her services to other carriers/utilities having this type of exposure.”

Richard Burns, Vice President – Claims, Federated Rural Electric Insurance

Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

“I have worked closely with Wells, Anderson & Race for almost a decade on a wide variety of litigation and insurance recovery matters. I can always count on Wells, Anderson & Race attorneys to be the best prepared in the room for deposition, motion, trial. The research and writing skills of the professional staff is superior. This is a firm that excels at developing a robust litigation strategy from the outset and the efficiently executing to deliver results. They are always a pleasure to work with.”


8 of our lawyers have been individually recognized for 2024:

Sheryl Anderson – Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants. Listed in Best Lawyers since 2013.

L. Michael Brooks, Jr.– Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, Litigation-Insurance, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants, and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants.

Paul Dinkelmeyer Litigation – Insurance.

Adam P. O’Brien – Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, and Litigation – Insurance.

William T. O’Connell III – Civil Rights Law,  and Litigation – Labor and Employment.

Mary Wells – Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants. Listed in Best Lawyers since 2003.

Ones to Watch:

William D. Healy – Commercial Litigation and Insurance Law.


Firm News and Events

In 2021, the firm is taking part in the Colorado Pledge for Diversity Summer Clerkship for the eighth year.


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Denver, CO 80290

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