Wes represents clients under investigation and charged with state or federal crimes. Wes’ criminal-defense practice also includes handling direct appeals and post-conviction matters. Prior to joining the firm, Wes was an associate in the White Collar and Government Litigation practice group at Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP. He also previously served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Georgia, litigating direct appeals in non-death penalty murder cases and post-conviction proceedings. As well, Wes served as a Law Clerk for the following Judges on the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania:
- United States Magistrate Judge Susan E. Schwab (2013–2015)
- United States Senior District Judge William W. Caldwell (2015–2016)
- United States District Judge Jennifer P. Wilson (2020)
During his time as a Law Clerk, Wes developed a strong working knowledge of the Federal Rules of Procedure, the United States Sentencing Guidelines, and the federal-sentencing process.
Wes is currently a member of the CJA Panel for the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the CJA Panel for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, and on the Court-Appointed Counsel List for witnesses required to testify before Pennsylvania Investigating Grand Juries.
Since joining the firm in October 2020, Wes has:
- Worked with the successful appellate team for an international celebrity, in a case before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania;
- Obtained the dismissal of welfare-fraud charges due to the Commonwealth’s violation of the Interstate Agreement on Detainers and statute of limitations;
- Negotiated a substantial reduction in a seven-figure, criminal-restitution award imposed on a former public official; and,
- Assisted in obtaining a sentence of time served for a federal defendant facing career-offender penalties.
Presentations & Publications
- Beidel, et al., Business Applicants for COVID-19 Funding Must Exercise Caution, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP (Apr. 2020)
- Dixon, et al., Pennsylvania Open Government Guide, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (Oct. 2019)
- Beidel & W. Mishoe, Alert: DOJ’s Criminal Division Updates Guidance for Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP (July 2019)
- Danilewitz, et al., Professional Perspective: Lessons on FARA Compliance in a New Age of Enforcement, Bloomberg Law (June 2019)