H. Thomas Wells, Jr. became Chairman of the SFK board in 2017. He is a shareholder and founding member of the Birmingham law firm of Maynard Cooper Gale. Mr. Wells’ trial practice concentrates on complex mass tort, environmental and product liability cases, often handling the defense of class actions or mass consolidated cases throughout the South. Mr. Wells is listed in the Best Lawyers in America® and is a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the Litigation Counsel of America. In 2008 and 2009, he was listed as one of the Top Ten attorneys in Alabama by Super Lawyers. He has a long history of involvement in the American Bar Association, serving as its President (2008-2009). He is a past member of the Board of the Birmingham Metro YMCA and the Shoal Creek Board of Governors. Mr. Wells is a graduate of the University of Alabama (B.A., Phi Beta Kappa) and University of Alabama School of Law (J.D.; Order of the Coif; Alabama Law Review, Senior Editor; Farrah Order of Jurisprudence ), and Suffolk University (Doctor of Laws, Honorary).