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.
- 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 top Leading Litigator by Chambers USA.
- Named a “Litigation Star” for the state of Alabama in Benchmark Litigation.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Obtained a jury verdict worth more than $50 million in favor of a multinational corporation against one of the three largest railroad companies in the United States in a dispute involving a long-term contract for rail transportation. Argued the appeal before the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, resulting in a complete affirmance of the judgment.
- Secured an $8.3 million dollar judgment in favor of a multinational corporation in a case involving a contract for port throughput capacity and the international export of metallurgical coal. The case was tried in the Northern District of Georgia, and the judgment was affirmed on appeal in a published opinion, Southern Coal Corp. v. Drummond Coal Sales, Inc., 28 F.4th 1334 (11th Cir. 2022), in which the appellate court also found that our client was entitled to attorneys’ fees and litigation costs in addition to the judgment amount.
- Recently won an arbitration involving a claim against an accounting firm for allegedly breaching the standard of care. The claimant was seeking in excess of $7 million in damages.
- Secured a multimillion dollar judgment in favor of a multinational corporation in a case involving a contract for port throughput capacity and the international export of metallurgical coal.
- Secured the dismissal of a federal RICO lawsuit seeking more than $100,000,000 in damages from eleven defendants that included both corporate entities and individuals.
- 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
- Davis, Wells & Presley Win Appeal for Multinational Corporation
- TWENTY-THREE ATTORNEYS NAMED TO THE 2021 EDITION OF MID-SOUTH SUPER LAWYERS
- STARNES RANKED AS A “HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FIRM” IN THE 2022 EDITION OF BENCHMARK LITIGATION
- 29 SDF ATTORNEYS LISTED IN BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA 2022
- DAVIS, WELLS, AND PRESLEY SECURE AFFIRMANCE OF A JUDGMENT WORTH MORE THAN $45 MILLION DOLLARS FOR A MULTINATIONAL CORPORATION
- Starnes Attorneys Wells & MacKay Win Arbitration in Accounting Malpractice & Professional Liability Case
- STARNES DAVIS FLORIE RANKED A TOP FIRM BY CHAMBERS USA 2021
- Starnes Ranked as a “Highly Recommended Firm” in the 2021 Edition of Benchmark Litigation
- Twenty-Six Attorneys Named to the 2020 Edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers
- SDF’s Davis, Wells, and Presley Secure a Judgment in Favor of a Multinational Corporation
- Twenty-Six SDF Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2021
- PPP Amendments Loosen Restrictions, Provide Additional Relief to Businesses
- SDF Attorneys Davis, Wells & Presley Secure a Complete Dismissal of a Federal RICO Lawsuit Seeking More than $100,000,000 in Damages
- Don’t Step into the PPP Loan Minefield Without a Map
- Wells & McCall Secure Order to Compel to Arbitration by the Alabama Supreme Court
- SDF’s Tony Davis, Trey Wells, and Ben Presley Secure Jury Verdict in Favor of Multinational Corporation
- THIRTY-ONE SDF ATTORNEYS NAMED TO THE 2019 EDITION OF MID-SOUTH SUPER LAWYERS
- Thirty SDF Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers 2020
- 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