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H. Thomas Wells, III (Trey)


H. Thomas Wells, III

H. Thomas Wells, III (Trey)


100 Brookwood Place
7th Floor
Birmingham, AL 35209

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 “Litigation Star” for the state of Alabama in the 2017-2020 editions of 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.


  • 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 a jury verdict 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.
  • 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.
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