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 has been a litigator for over 33 years, first in Washington, D.C. and then in his hometown of Birmingham. He has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in Commercial Litigation since 2009, listed in Chambers USA Guide: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as one of Alabama’s leading lawyers in Commercial Litigation since 2008, and selected for inclusion in Alabama Super Lawyers published by Law & Politics since 2008. Mr. Scott is also a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel. Mr. Scott, a native of Alabama, began his legal career in Washington, D.C. as an associate with several large national law firms, before returning to his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, to develop a litigation practice in his home state. His 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 management in many important class and individual lawsuits. He has extensive expertise in commercial litigation, environmental and toxic tort litigation, professional liability litigation, and insurance coverage litigation at both the trial court and appellate levels.

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