Todd A. Wells

I found my passion for law working at Yahoo! during its interesting years. I worked as an "international compliance paralegal" for some of the best attorneys on Earth. Since then I've focused on international dispute resolution and international transactions, along with domestic U.S. commercial, corporate and employment law. I have spent large amounts of time educating and coaching law students as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in the fields of international commercial arbitration, international sales law, and international investment arbitration.  
University of Hong Kong
  • Masters of Law in Arbitration & Dispute Resolution (LLM), 2008-2009
University of Colorado
  • Masters of Business Administration (MBA), 2007-2008
University of Denver
  • Juris Doctor (JD), 2004-2007
University of Tennessee
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Anthropology & Archaeology, 1992-1995
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • International Investment Arbitration, Investor-State Arbitration
  • U.S. Employment Law
  • U.S. Domestic and International Commercial Transactions
  • U.S. and International Intellectual Property
  • U.S. Corporate Law


  • Colorado Supreme Court, Attorney & Counselor at Law
  • The United States District Court for the District of Colorado
  • The United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

Memberships & Professional

  • Member, Attorney Admissions Subcommittee, Colorado Supreme Court, 2013-2014
  • Member, Legislative Committee, Mile High Business Alliance, 2013-2014
  • Representative, Board of Governors, Colorado Bar Association, 2014 - 2016
  • Co-Chair, International Law Section , Colorado Bar Association, 2012-2014
  • Vice Chair, International Law Section, Colorado Bar Association, 2010-2012
  • Member, Mile High Business Alliance, 2008-2014
  • Member, World Trade Center Denver, 2010-2014
  • Member, Colorado Bar Association, 2008-2015
  • Member, Denver Bar Association, 2008-2015
  • Member, Moot Alumni Association (Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot), 2006-2014
  • Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb), 2009 – 2010

Educational &

  • Co-Author, Todd A. Wells, Michael Reilly, Taylor Minshall, The Enforcement of Cannabis-Related Contracts & Arbitration Awards, World Arbitration & Mediation Review, Spring 2017  
  • Session Moderator and Presenter, Increasing Access to International Arbitration for Medium and Small Businesses, International Law in a Time of Change, American Branch of the International Law Association, Mid-West Conference, February 2017

  • Faculty, Enforcing Cannabis Contracts - Including the Use of Arbitration in the Cannabis Industry, Sponsored by the Cannabis Law Committee of the Colorado Bar Association, CLE, Denver, Colorado, June 2016

  • Co-Author, Todd A. Wells, Jim C. Coyle, New Admissions and Practice Rules Regulating Foreign (non-U.S.) Attorneys in Colorado, The Colorado Lawyer, Colorado Bar Association, June 2015

  • Faculty, Colorado’s New Foreign Attorney Admission and Practice Rules, International Law Section, Colorado Bar Association CLE, September 2015
  • Faculty, International Commercial Transactions, What a Business Needs to Know to Do Business Overseas, Enforcing Contracts Overseas and International Dispute Resolution, Colorado Bar Association CLE, March 2013
  • Faculty, 4th Annual Colorado Statewide ADR Conference, Does Colorado Need a New International Arbitration Act?, Colorado Bar Association CLE, November 2010
  • Faculty, Rocky Mountain World Trade Center Institute, Understanding International Dispute Resolution, 2011-2013; International Anti-Bribery Laws, 2012-2013
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, 2009 - current (International Commercial Arbitration, International Investment Arbitration, International Sales Law)

  • Adjunct Professor, University of Colorado Law School, 2017 - current (Arbitration 101)
  • Speaker, University of Hong Kong LLM Arb & DR Alumni Association, “When is Mediation a True Pre-Requisite to Arbitration or Litigation? – Problems with Mandatory Mediation Clauses in International Contracts”, Hong Kong, China, March 2010
  • Visiting Scholar, Waseda University Law School, Tokyo, Japan, International Commercial Arbitration, March 2010
  • Head Coach, 5th Willem C. Vis (East) International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition Team (Hong Kong, China – March 2008); University of Colorado Denver Business School
  • Head Coach, 16th - 19th Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Team for the University of Denver Sturm College of Law (Vienna, Austria)
  • Head Coach, 7th – 9th, Willem C. Vis (East) International Commercial Arbitration Moot Team for the University of Denver Sturm College of Law (Hong Kong)
  • Instructor, 20th – 23rd Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Team for the University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • Instructor, American University LLM International Commercial Arbitration Competition Moot Team for the University of Denver Sturm College of Law(2013 – current)
  • Instructor, Foreign Direct Investment Moot Team for the University of Denver Sturm College of Law (2015 – current)