Former General Liability Attorney to Caddo Parish Commission, Former General Liability Attorney to City of Shreveport, Former Assistant District Attorney in Caddo Parish, Human Resource Attorney, served as Co-Bond Counsel, Co-Underwriter’s Counsel, Paying Agent, Beneficiary Counsel, and listed in the Municipal Marketplace Directory (Red Book).
Primary Areas of Practice
Government and public sector law, civil litigation, government litigation, commercial real estate, landowners on oil and gas matters, personal injury, auto accidents, federal and state criminal law, corporate and business law.
Alex was born in 1970, in Detroit, Michigan. Alex obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree at Northwestern State University and his Juris Doctor in 1999 from Southern University Law School. Alex served as a clerk for the Attorney General’s office for two years and was a former Assistant District Attorney and former Assistant Parish Attorney for the Caddo Parish Commission. Prior to serving as Assistant Parish Attorney, he was a criminal defense lawyer in Lake Charles, Louisiana, for the Indigent Defender’s Office. Alex served in the capacity of bond attorney for the City of Shreveport and Shreveport-Bossier Port Commission. Additionally, he serves as Ad Hoc Judge Pro Tempore in Shreveport City Court. Alex is admitted to practice in all Louisiana State Courts and the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. He has been active in the community and has served as President of the Federal Bar Association in North Louisiana, President of the Black Lawyers Association of Shreveport/Bossier, and is a graduate of the Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program. Alex is a member of the Louisiana State and Shreveport Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, Black Lawyers Association of Shreveport/Bossier, and an associate member of Harry V. Booth American Inns of Court. Also, Alex is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and a Prince Hall Mason. He is married to Tonya R. Washington and has three children.
Shante’ Y. R. Wells, was born in Shreveport, Louisiana. Shante’ attended Captain Shreve High School, where he served as Senior Class Vice President, Sergeant at Arms of the Black Studies Association, and holds the distinction of being the first African American to be elected by the student body to serve as Al E. Gator, the school’s Mascot. He graduated from Captain Shreve in 1992 and enrolled in Xavier University of Louisiana in fall of the same year.
While a student at Xavier, Shante’ was a unanimous selection to represent Xavier at the National Conference of Black Political Scientists held in Baltimore Maryland, in 1995. On May 10, 1997, Shante’ received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science with a minor in Public Administration.
In the fall of 1997 began his studies at Southern University Law Center. Shante’, a member of the Law Center’s Class of 2000, served as co-chair of the Graduation Committee and was one of four students selected to represent the Law Center at the American Trial Lawyers Association trial competition held in Austin, Texas in the spring of 2000. During law school, he also served as a Law Clerk at the Department of Public Safety and Corrections Legal Division.
Shante’ was admitted to the Louisiana State Bar Association in 2001. From 2000 to 2002 he served as a law clerk to Judges John Mosley and Michael Walker, Shreveport City Prosecutor from 2002 until 2004, and opened the Law Offices of Washington and Wells along with law partner Alex Washington (c/o 1999) in 2003.
Since being admitted to the bar Shante’ has been active in many local and state organizations. He is a member of the Shreveport Bar Association, the Black Lawyer’s Association of Shreveport/Bossier where he is the Immediate Past President, the Louisiana State Bar Association, and the National Bar Association. He has served as a past member of the Board of Directors for the United Way of North Louisiana, the Harry V. Booth Inns of Court, and the Shreveport Municipal Police/Fireman Civil Service Board.
Shante devotes his practice to Criminal Defense, Personal Injury and Municipal Bond Law. He presently sits on the Board of Directors for the Louisiana Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and is listed in the Municipal Marketplace Directory, “the Red Book”. Washington and Wells has served as Bond Counsel on numerous transactions for the City of Shreveport as well as the Port of Caddo/Bossier.
Shante’ cites Vice-Chancellor Russell Jones, Judge John Mosely and Thurgood Marshall as his biggest professional influences. Shante is the father of three beautiful children, Kennedy age 13, Sydnee age 12, and Shante’, II, who is 4 years old.