Mary Ellen Wells

Mary Ellen Wells is an Associate Professor of Business Law at Alvernia University in Reading, Pennsylvania. Her legal scholarship focuses on the protection of speech, as well as employment, marketing, and corporate law more generally. Professor Wells has co-authored several papers as well as a book on strategic planning. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, and Boston University School of Law, Prof. Wells first practiced as a tax attorney in Boston at Touche-Ross (now Deloitte & Touche) before moving to Springfield, Massachusetts to work as a law firm associate, specializing in banking and tax law.

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