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TEL 804.794.8070

Located in Midlothian, Virginia across
from Chesterfield Towne Center


Smith, Barden and Wells P.C. is a general practice law firm based in Midlothian, Virginia, with a tradition of legal excellence extending back more than 38 years. We have earned a reputation as a highly professional and ethical law firm that gets results for clients by employing legal knowledge, intellectual skill, sound legal theories and hard work. Our Midlothian office serves the Richmond and Central Virginia area, and throughout the state of Virginia. Our attorneys are admitted to all state courts and both Eastern & Western U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts.

If you are seeking an attorney in Virginia, you can depend on us to handle your case with respect, confidentiality and diligence. Please contact us today to schedule a consultation. We have a long and successful track record of helping clients resolve a broad range of legal problems.

Areas we service in Virginia:

  • Midlothian
  • Richmond
  • Chesterfield
  • Powhatan
  • Amelia
  • Chester
  • Cumberland
  • Varina
  • Goochland
  • Henrico
  • All of Central Virginia

Our Lawyers in Midlothian, VA

John Randolph Smith, Partner


John Randolph Smith, “J.R.”, has over 38 years of extensive experience as a general practice attorney. As a founding partner of Smith, Barden and Wells, P.C., he practices family, real estate, business and corporate, bankruptcy, wills and estates, civil and personal injury law. He also serves as a Commissioner in Chancery for the Circuit Court of the Chesterfield County.

J. R. attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (B.S.) and was a member of the Corps of Cadets. He obtained his law degree from Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary (J.D.). He served in U.S. Army as an Artillery Officer after being commissioned at the time of graduation at Virginia Tech. For approximately one year he was a legal assistance officer in the JAGC.

A Chesterfield County resident, J.R. is a member of the Virginia State Bar and Chesterfield County Bar Associations. He has been active with the Boy Scouts of America in leadership positions and is currently a supporter of the Scouts. He has been married for 32 years and he has two adult sons, Scott and David.

Michael Owen Wells, Partner


Michael Owen Wells has been practicing law since 1985 in the Richmond area. As a partner of Smith, Barden and Wells, P.C., he has extensive trial litigation experience, particularly in personal injury cases. Michael’s other areas of practice include Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy, civil litigation, wills, and estate planning.

Michael attended the University of Richmond where he achieved his B.A. He also attended University of Richmond’s T.C. Williams School of Law where he obtained his Juris Doctor. Michael has maintained an AV rating with Martindale-Hubble Law Directory for many years (an AV rating is the highest rating given).

Michael is a popular public speaker and an active living history interpreter portraying Virginia patriots Patrick Henry and John Marshall, among others. He has been married to his wife, Sarah, for 24 years and has an adult son, Andrew.

Brooke Stephenson Barden, Partner


Brooke became a partner of Smith, Barden and Wells, PC in 2017.  She focuses her practice on representing corporations, estate planning and administration, tax representation, real esate, bankruptcy and family law.

She represents small to mid-size businesses in various industries and is experienced in determining the appropriate entity formation, business planning, corporate governance, contract drafting and negotiation and tax compliance services.  When her clients make the decision to terminate their involvement with the business, whether it is though a liquidation, bankruptcy reorganization, asset purchase agreement, stock purchase or other work-out alternative, Brooke will work to achieve the best possible outcome for her client’s needs.

Brooke provides tax compliance, audit representation, and tax controversy services including negotiating an offer-in-compromise, installment agreement, abatement requests and FBAR compliance programs.  She also regularly represents business owners with payroll tax issues and trust fund interviews.

Brooke is experienced in estate planning and administration. She works to develop an estate plan that achieves her clients unique circumstances whether that is through a Will, Revocable Trust, Irrevocable Trust, Medicaid Planning, or other alternatives.  She has served as the Executor for her clients so she can ensure that their estate plans and final wishes are correctly implemented. She also represents executors and trustees in navigating the estate and trust administration process.

Brooke works to avoid bankruptcy if possible, but when it is the best solution for her clients needs she is skilled at representing individuals and corporations in Chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcies.  She has successfully litigated fraudulent conveyance actions, objections to dischargeabilty and related bankruptcy ligitation matters.

Brooke is admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court, United States Bankruptcy Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, the United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Virginia, and in all courts in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

She received her Bachelor of Science from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2002.  In 2007, she received her juris doctorate degree from Regent University, School of Law.