06.27.2011 Williams Mullen Hires Compass Group General Counsel Raleigh, N.C. — Charles Phillip (Phil) Wells has joined the law firm of Williams Mullen as a partner in its Labor and Employment section. Wells most recently served as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Compass Group USA, an international foodservice company with U.S. offices based in Charlotte.

“We are delighted to have Phil as a part of our team,” said Keith Kapp, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors and Partner in the firm’s litigation section. “He brings tremendous experience in employment law, litigation, risk management and legislative relations. He is a business-minded legal professional who will bring his thoughtful, innovative approach to the business challenges of our clients.”

Wells was with Compass Group for 15 years and started as a contracts attorney. He held positions of increasing responsibility, including serving as Employment and Litigation Counsel, Associate General Counsel, Ombudsman, and General Counsel. As General Counsel of Compass Group USA, he ensured that the company and its officers complied with all legal requirements and managed approximately 100 personnel comprised of legal, insurance and risk management, real estate and administrative/mail services departments.

Wells is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Southwestern University School of Law. He completed externships with the California Court of Appeals and the U.S. Attorney General’s office for the Central District of California. He was named one of the state’s best corporate lawyers in Business North Carolina magazine. He is a member of the North Carolina State Bar and Mecklenburg County Bar.

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