M. Todd Wheeles is a partner at Morris, Haynes, Wheeles, Knowles & Hornsby. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Auburn University in 1995, his Master of Science from Jacksonville State University in 1998, and his Juris Doctorate from the Birmingham School of Law in 2001. Mr. Wheeles currently serves on the Birmingham School of Law Foundation Board.
In 1993, Mr. Wheeles became an Alabama State Trooper, where he became proficient in investigating traffic accidents. During his tenure with the Troopers, Mr. Wheeles also served in a Special Operations platoon and on the State Trooper Honor Guard. In 1996, Mr. Wheeles joined the Alabama Bureau of Investigations, where he served as a polygraph examiner, a hostage negotiator and a case agent in the Major Crimes division and was named “Agent of the Year” in 2001.
Mr. Wheeles is an active member of the Alabama State Bar, the Alabama Association for Justice, the American Association for Justice, the Southern Trial Lawyers Association and the Birmingham Bar Association. He was also appointed to act as Legal Counsel to the Alabama Board of Polygraph Examiners by Governor Bob Riley.
Mr. Wheeles is one of the attorneys on the National Trial Lawyers’ Top 40 Under 40 list for Alabama, a singular honor. Recent accomplishments include Carter v. Taurus, et al, which was a firearm defect class action that settled for a total value of approximately $239 million. A confidential settlement in Fulton County, Georgia of 7 million, a $1.25 million verdict in Etowah County stemming from an unintended gun discharge case and a $4.5 million verdict in Calhoun County stemming from a Legionnaires disease contraction case. Mr. Wheeles has been a partner with the Firm of Morris, Haynes since 2009 and works out of their Birmingham office.