Judi C. Wells

Judi C. Wells

Lufkin, Texas

Judi Wells is a native of Nacogdoches, Texas. While employed full-time in nursing, she obtained experience in a variety of patient services areas, as well as nursing administrative positions. She was later a Delta Air Lines flight attendant.

Upon graduation from law school, Wells joined the energy litigation section at Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P., where she practiced in the areas of energy litigation and arbitration, products liability, and toxic torts. She moved home to East Texas in January 2003, and joined the Zeleskey Law Firm. She became a partner with Zeleskey in January 2009. Wells is one of the original partners of Skelton Slusher Barnhill Watkins Wells as of January 2014.

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, etc.

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

Wells served as an articles editor on the Houston Law Review and was a member of the Christian Legal Society. She was inducted into the Order of the Barristers and the Order of the Coif for academic achievements and she received a Lex Award for Contracts II. She was a research assistant to Professor Joseph Sanders in drafting a new edition of a products liability casebook.

Wells and her son, Wyatt, live in Nacogdoches. She enjoys riding horses, reading, gardening, and taking photographs of Wyatt's sports activities. They attend Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Mrs. Judi Wells is a former partner of Zeleskey Law Firm.

Areas of Practice

  • Oil, Gas, and Minerals

Certified Legal Specialties

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

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2001
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 2002
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 2002
  • North Dakota


  • 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/History
  • Angelina College, Lufkin, Texas
    • A.D. - 1982
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Nursing


  • Adjunct Professor, Oil and Gas Law, Negotiations, and Business Law, Nelson Rusche College of Business, Stephen F. Austin State University

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award, Nelson Rusche College of Business, 2013

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Texas Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Angelina County Bar Association
  • State of Texas, Licensed Registered Nurse
  • White House Historical Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P., Associate Attorney, 2001 - 2002
  • Zeleskey Law Firm, Partner
  • Delta Air Lines, Flight Attendant
  • Professor Joseph Sanders, Research Assistant

Pro Bono Activities

  • Supreme Court Historical Society
  • The College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Church


  • Phi Alpha Theta