Judi C. Wells

Judi C. Wells

Lufkin, Texas

Ms. Wells is a founding member of Skelton Slusher Barnhill Watkins Wells. She was an associate and later partner with Zeleskey Law Firm, and an associate at Fulbright & Jaworski.

Ms. Wells' practice focuses on oil and gas law and she represents several large oil and gas exploration companies performing title examination, preparing title opinions, acquiring receivership leases, assisting with due diligence and contracts, and litigation. She is experienced in negotiating oil and gas leases, pipeline agreements, seismic agreements, filing mineral liens, etc. She also represents individuals in estate planning, probate, guardianship and in forming and maintaining business organizations.

Ms. Wells serves as an adjunct professor at the Nelson Rusche College of Business at Stephen F. Austin State University, where she teaches undergraduate oil and gas law, negotiations, and business law. She received the college's Outstanding Adjunct Faculty award in 2013.

Ms. Wells served as an articles editor on the Houston Law Review, was inducted into the Order of the Barristers and the Order of the Coif for academic achievements and received the Lex Award for Contracts II.

Prior to obtaining a law degree, Ms. Wells was a Registered Nurse and obtained experience in a variety of patient services areas and nursing administrative positions. She was later a Delta Air Lines Flight Attendant.

Ms. Wells and her son, Wyatt, live in Nacogdoches. She enjoys riding horses, gardening, reading, and traveling. They attend Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Areas of Practice

  • Oil and Gas Law, Title Examination
  • Estate Planning and Trusts
  • Probate
  • Child Protective Services Ad Litem
  • Guardianship
  • Business Organizations

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Oil, Gas and Mineral Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2012

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 2002
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 2002


  • University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas
    • J.D. magna cum laude - 2001
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
    • Honors: Order of the Barristers
    • Honors: Member, Christian Legal Society
    • Honors: Receiver, Lex Award, Contracts II
    • Law Review: Houston Law Review, Articles Editor, 1999 - 2001
  • Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, Texas
    • B.S. cum laude - 1998
    • Major: Political Science
  • Angelina College, Lufkin, Texas
    • A.D. - 1982
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Nursing


  • Oil & Gas Law (Undergraduate), Negotiations, B Law, Stephen F. Austin, 2011 - Present
  • Deeds: A Primer, ETAPL, 2018 - Present
  • Oil & Gas Primer for Legal Assistants, State Bar Paralegal Division, 2017 - Present
  • Interstate Succession, ETAPL, 2015 - Present
  • Receiverships, ETAPL, 2012 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • Lex Award - Contract II, 2000 - Present
  • SFASU Outstanding Adjunct Faculty, 2012 - 2013
  • SFASU Outstanding Adjunct Faculty, 2014 - 2015

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Nacogdoches County Bar Association, Member, 2016 - Present
  • State of Texas, Licensed Registered Nurse, 1982 - Present
  • College of the State Bar of Texas, Member, 2005 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P., Associate Attorney, 2001 - 2002
  • Delta Air Lines, Flight Attendant, 1989 - 2001

Pro Bono Activities

  • Supreme Court Historical Society, 2002 - 2019
  • White House Historical Association, 2003 - 2019

Ancillary Businesses

  • Community Title Company


  • Phi Alpha Theta
  • Zeta Tau Alpha