Contact:  (775) 688-3012,

Shay L. Wells is an associate at Woodburn and Wedge. His practice focuses on business and corporate law, entity selection and formation, mergers and acquisitions, and real estate and other commercial transactions. Mr. Wells joined the law firm in 2010 after serving as a summer associate in 2009.


In law school Mr. Wells was a member of the Gonzaga Law Review and became associate editor in his final year of law school. Mr. Wells also participated in Gonzaga's externship program and worked as the legal extern to the Eastern District of Washington Bankruptcy Court. While there, he served as  the legal extern for two judges: the Honorable Chief Justice of the Eastern District, Frank L. Kurtz and the Honorable John A. Rossmeissl.


  • Juris Doctor, Gonzaga University, 2010
  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Pre-Law (with distinction), University of Nevada, Reno, 2007


  • State Bar of Nevada, 2010
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nevada, 2010


  • Reno-Tahoe Young Professionals Network Board Member and Community Involvement Committee Chair


  • "A Good Idea Gone Bad:  The Unnecessary Extension of Third Party Releases in In Re Ingersoll, Inc., Notes, Bankruptcy Bar Association of the Eastern District of Washington, May 1, 2010.
  • “To Sue or Not?  Questions for you to Consider,” Northern Nevada Business Weekly, February 18, 2013
  • “Foreclosure Bills Lawmakers are Considering,” Northern Nevada Business Weekly, April 15, 2013
  • "Foreclosure Bills that are Now Law," Northern Nevada Business Weekly, October 21, 2013
  • "Completing the Process of Entity Formation," Northern Nevada Business Weekly, August 11, 2014
  • "Corporate Records in the Digital Age," Nevada Lawyer, May 2014
  • "State Law Increases Existing Business Taxes Effective July 1," Northern Nevada Business Weekly, July 13, 2015
  • Presenter at the "13th Annual Residential Landlord-Tenant Law Seminar" Sterling Education Services, December 3, 2015, Presented on Tenant and Landlord Obligations during the Tenancy and Termination of the Tenancy and Tenant Remedies and Defenses
  • Presenter at the "14th Annual Residential Landlord-Tenant Law Seminar" Sterling Education Services, December 1, 2016, Presented on Commencement of the Tenancy and Collecting Back Rent and Damages


  • Legal Elite: Named one of Nevada’s 50 Best Up & Coming Attorneys, Nevada Business Magazine, 2012 and 2014
  • Nevada Legal Services, Champion of Justice, Attorney Honoree, 2013


Business and Commercial

  • Business and Commercial Agreements
  • Corporate Structure and Formation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Nonprofit Corporations
  • Partnerships & LLCs
  • Real Estate
  • Secured Transactions
  • Small Business


  • Business Litigation