Starnes Davis Florie

H. Thomas Wells, III (Trey)

Chief Strategy Partner

H. Thomas Wells, III

H. Thomas Wells, III (Trey)

Chief Strategy Partner

100 Brookwood Place
7th Floor
Birmingham, AL 35209

Trey serves as the firm’s Chief Strategy Partner. He has previous served on the firm’s recruiting and executive committees.  His 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 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.

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.

Highlights

  • Currently representing approximately 50 corporate entities and their affiliates, including multiple Fortune 100 companies, that are pursuing federal antitrust claims after opting out of a $2.7 billion class action settlement in In re: Blue Cross and Blue Shield Antitrust Litigation (MDL No.: 2406), 2:13-cv-20000-RDP (N.D. Ala.).
  • Obtained full summary judgment in favor of our clients, an oncology practice, its President, and one of its physicians, dismissing claims of defamation and wantonness.
  • 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.
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