Hayley R. Wells

P: 828.348.6018
F: 828.348.6077

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Mailing Address:
Post Office Box 2020
Asheville, NC 28802-2020

Professional Experience

Ms. Wells' practice primarily focuses on labor and employment law.  She regularly advises individual and corporate clients in matters of covenants not to compete, employment discrimination, discipline and termination, harassment, wrongful discharge, wage and hour matters, and personnel policies and procedures.  Ms. Wells also advises brewery and craft alcoholic beverage clients in various aspects of the law.

Admitted to Practice

  • North Carolina, 2008
  • All state courts in North Carolina
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of North Carolina
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina

Honors and Distinctions*

  • "Rising Star," North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2012-2016


  • J.D., cum laude, The University of Georgia School of Law, 2008.  Editorial Board member, Journal of International and Comparative Law.
  • M.B.A., The University of Georgia, Terry College of Business, 2005
  • B.A., cum laude, International Business, The University of Georgia, 2001

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • 28th Judicial Bar — Division: Young Lawyers
  • Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce (Leadership Asheville Alumnus, Class XXVIII)
  • Asheville Helpmate (member, board of directors)
  • Brewers Association Associate Member
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association—Western District of North Carolina Chapter (member, Leadership Council)
  • Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development
  • Junior League of Asheville (Leadership Development)
  • Leadership Asheville Fellow, Class 28
  • North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys
  • North Carolina Bar Association—Sections: Labor & Employment Law; Litigation
  • Pink Boots Society
  • Pisgah Legal Services' Mountain Area Volunteer Lawyers Program
  • Rotary Club of Asheville
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • Western North Carolina Human Resource Association

* Please see the following websites for an explanation of the membership standards for the following recognitions: www.bestlawyers.com; businessnc.com/special-sections/legal-elite/; and www.superlawyers.com/north-carolina.