H. Thomas Wells, III

H. Thomas Wells, III: Attorney with Starnes Davis Florie LLP
Attorney Awards

Biography

Trey’s practice is devoted to civil litigation with a primary focus on complex business litigation, professional liability, mass torts, and appellate advocacy. He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of business disputes. He routinely advises his business clients prior to disputes arising, to reduce the likelihood of litigation and craft creative solutions to problems. When litigation does arise, however, Trey is committed to aggressively representing his clients’ interests to achieve the best possible results.

Professional Recognition

•Selected to participate in the Alabama Bar’s Leadership Forum program as a member of the 2012 class.
•Listed in Best Lawyers in America. In addition, Best Lawyers in America has named Trey Wells the “Birmingham Best Lawyers Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Lawyer of the Year” for 2019.
•Recognized as a leading litigation attorney under 40 years of age in Benchmark Litigation’s annual Under 40 Hot List.
•Named a Super Lawyer for the state of Alabama by Mid-South Super Lawyers magazine.
•Named a Rising Star for the state of Alabama by Mid-South Super Lawyers magazine.
•Named a “Future Litigation Star” for the state of Alabama in the 2017-2018 editions of Benchmark Litigation.
•Appointed to serve as Editor-In-Chief of the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section Law Journal for the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 fiscal years.
•Selected and served as an Editor for the Alabama Law Review as a student at the University of Alabama School of Law.

Experience

Highlights

•Obtained complete summary judgment in favor of accounting firm and two of its accountants on claims brought by a property developer arising out of the alleged mishandling of a multi-million dollar tax deduction for a conservation easement.
•Won a jury trial in favor of an investment consulting firm and its affiliated companies in a case involving claims of violation of the Alabama Trade Secrets Act, conspiracy, and breach of fiduciary duty brought by a competitor company seeking in excess of 7 million in damages.
•Obtained a verdict worth more than 2.5 million for four limited liability companies as the plaintiffs in a breach of contract action arising out of the sale of three industrial facilities in Mississippi.
•Obtained complete summary judgment in favor of a multinational corporation and its executives on claims arising under the Alien Tort Statute, the Torture Victims Protection Act, and Colombian wrongful death law premised on the deaths of three Colombian labor union leaders.
•Obtained complete summary judgment in favor of a multinational corporation and its executives in a mass tort action involving claims of more than 600 Colombian citizens arising under the Alien Tort Statute, the Torture Victims Protection Act, and Colombian wrongful death law.
•Obtained complete summary judgment on a breach of contract counterclaim brought against a multinational corporation wherein over 100 million in damages were sought.
•Obtained full summary judgment and affirmance by the Alabama Supreme Court in favor of a municipality in a suit by private businesses alleging several million dollars in flood losses arising out of the flooding of a natural creek allegedly due to the municipality’s improper maintenance of the creek.
•Has represented and is currently representing several accounting firms in defense of claims of professional liability.

Presentations and Publications

•H. Thomas Wells, III, Patricia A. Sexton, Alison P. Lungstrum, and Ashley Hawkinson, “Recent Developments in Products, General Liability, and Consumer Law,” Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal, Vol. 45:2, Pages 517-542 (Winter 2010).
•H. Thomas Wells, III, “Wyeth v. Levine, a Summary: Foreshadowing an End to the Doctrine of Implied Pre-Emption?”, ABA Tort & Trial Insurance Practice Section Committee News: Products, General Liability, and Consumer Law Committee (Spring 2009).
•Patricia A. Sexton, Kimela R. West, Lynn G. Trevino-Legler, H. Thomas Wells, III, and Franklin H. Turner, III, “Recent Developments in Products, General, and Consumer Liability Law,” Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal, Vol. 44:2, Pages 653-678 (Winter 2009).
•Whose Ditch is it Anyway? An Analysis of Municipal Flood Liability, CLE Speech at the Alabama Association of Municipal Attorneys Midyear Law Conference, October 13, 2007.
•H. Thomas Wells, III, “I Saw the Light! Electronic Billboards and Sign Regulation”, Birmingham Bar Association Bulletin, Vol. 28, Issue 2 (Summer 2007).

News & Insights

Starnes Davis Florie Ranked in the 2019 Edition of Benchmark Litigation
•THIRTY-ONE SDF ATTORNEYS NAMED TO THE 2018 EDITION OF MID-SOUTH SUPER LAWYERS
•Twenty-Seven SDF Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2019
•Trey Wells & Richard Davis Named Best Lawyers “2019 Lawyer of the Year”
•Davis, Stevens, & Wells Named to Benchmark Litigation’s 40 & Under Hot List
•Twenty-Eight SDF Attorneys Named to the 2017 Edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers
•Twenty-Six SDF Lawyers Listed in the 2018 Edition of Best Lawyers in America
•Starnes Davis Florie Named a Highly Recommended Litigation Firm in the 2018 Edition of Benchmark Litigation
•Twenty Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Named to the 2017 Edition of Best Lawyers
•Starnes Attorneys Featured in Forbes
•Twenty Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Named to the 2016 Edition of Best Lawyers
•Twenty-Six SDF Attorneys Named to 2015 Alabama Super Lawyers
•Starnes Attorneys Davis and Wells Win Jury Trial in Favor of Investment Consulting Firm
•Thirty SDF Attorneys Named to Alabama Super Lawyers 2014
•Twenty-Six Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Listed in Alabama Super Lawyers 2013
•Starnes Attorney, Trey Wells, Named to the the Birmingham MS Leadership Class of 2012
•Twenty-Two Starnes Attorneys Listed in Alabama Super Lawyers
•Starnes Attorney, Trey Wells Appointed Editor-In-Chief of the ABA TIPS Law Journal
•Starnes Announces Five New Partners
•Twenty Starnes Attorneys Listed in Alabama Super Lawyers

Areas of Practice (8)

  • Accounting Malpractice
  • Antitrust
  • Commercial Disputes
  • Energy, Natural Resources & Land Use
  • Governmental
  • Mining & Mineral Law
  • Product Liability
  • Workers' Compensation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
205-868-6083  Phone
205-868-6099  Fax
www.starneslaw.com
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 598512, Birmingham, AL 35209
University Attended:
Wake Forest University, B.A., 2001
Law School Attended:
University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., 2005
Year of First Admission:
2005
Admission:
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama; U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama; U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama; 2005, Alabama
Memberships:

Community Involvement

Trey serves as a member of the Alabama - Mississippi Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and was named to the Birmingham MS Leadership Class for 2012. He, his wife, and two children are members of St. Luke's Episcopal Church.

Birth Information:
Birmingham, Alabama, March 18, 1979
Reported Cases:
Reported Cases: Drummond Co. v. Terrance P. Collingsworth, Conrad & Scherer, LLP, 816 F.3d 1319, 1321 (11th Cir. 2016); Baloco v. Drummond Co., No. 12-15268, 2014 WL 4699481 (11th Cir. Sept. 23, 2014); Drummond Company, Inc. v. Collingsworth, 2013 WL 6074157 (N.D. Cal. 2013); Giraldo v. Drummond Co., Inc., 2013 WL 3873960 (N.D. Ala. 2013); Baloco v. Drummond Co., Inc., 2012 WL 4009432 (N.D. Ala. 2012); St. Clair County Home Builders Ass'n v. City of Pell City, 61 So. 3d 992 (Ala. 2010); Jiann Min Chang v. Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University, 355 F. App'x 250 (11th Cir. 2009);
ISLN:
918454384

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