We Take Care of Business

John W. Scott


Law School:
Tulane University School of Law, J.D., 1989, Magna Cum Laude

University of Virginia, B.A., 1982


  • Selected for inclusion by The Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation and Personal Injury-Defense (2009 - 2021)
  • Listed in the Chambers USA Guide: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as one of Alabama’s leading lawyers in Commercial Litigation (2008 - 2021)
  • Selected for inclusion in Alabama Super Lawyers in Civil Litigation Defense published by Law & Politics (2008 - 2012, 2014 - 2021)
  • Order of the Coif
  • Tulane University School of Law Moot Court Board


Mr. Scott, a native of Alabama, began his legal career in Washington, D.C. as an associate with several large national law firms. Mr. Scott’s experience in Washington, which focused on high-stakes insurance and reinsurance coverage disputes and other complex litigation, provided an early, sophisticated framework for the substantial litigation practice in which he is now engaged. Since returning to Alabama in 1995, Mr. Scott has defended businesses and professionals in many important class and individual lawsuits. Mr. Scott has particular expertise in the area of banking and other financial services litigation, as well as commercial litigation, environmental litigation, and professional liability litigation. Since the firm’s inception, he has represented one of the world’s largest banks, as well as other corporate clients in lawsuits throughout Alabama.

Publications and Presentations

  • “Recent Litigation Developments in the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, and the Fair Credit Reporting Act,” 2011 Consumer Finance Seminar, CLE Alabama, April 1, 2011
  • “Limits on Third-Party Discovery Under the Federal Arbitration Act,” co-authored with Brent G. Grainger, Esq., Vol. 28 No. 11 Banking and Financial Services Policy Report 23 (Nov. 2009)
  • “Combating Credit Card Debt Elimination Schemes,” Vol. 61 No. 4 Consumer Finance Law Quarterly Report 835 (Winter 2007)
  • “Collection Fees and the FDCPA,” DBA International Legal Development Newsletter, December 2007
  • “Removal Decisions under the Class Action Fairness Act,” Presentation at the Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Committee Meeting, Defense Research Institute Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., October 11, 2007
  • “Crossing the Line: Ex Parte Contacts with Judges,” co-authored by Kimberly W. Geisler, Esq., For the Defense, July 2007
  • “Comment: Follow the Fortunes and Numbers of Occurrences,” International Insurance Law Review Vol. 3, Issue 5, May 1995
  • “Legal Research,” Advanced Litigation Skills for Paralegals, 2000
  • “Merits of Arbitration v. Litigation,” co-authored by David M. Raim, Esq., Environmental Liability: Reinsurance and Insurance Winning Strategies, 1994
  • “Rights of Creditors Against Failed Financial Institutions under the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act of 1989,” co-authored by Ronald R. Glancz, Esq., 1990 American Bar Association National Conference for Compliance Managers, Bank Counsel and Auditors

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama
  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • District of Columbia
  • Alabama
  • 11th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama


  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • Birmingham Inn of Court
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
  • The Conference on Consumer Finance Law; Member of the Governing Committee