log in
Print | Back

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

Scott Burnett Smith

Scott Burnett Smith

Partner

Expertise

  • Appellate
  • Bankruptcy and Creditors
  • Banking and Financial Services

WSG Practice Industries

Activity

Profile

Scott Burnett Smith is the founder and chair of Bradley’s Appellate Litigation Practice Group. His practice covers class actions, ERISA litigation, complex litigation, and appeals. Scott has been involved in dozens of nationwide class actions in state and federal courts and has handled over 40 class action appeals. He is also regularly involved as the appellate lawyer embedded with a trial team in complex civil litigation. In that role, he has succeeded in having several multimillion-dollar injury verdicts, including punitive damages, remitted by the trial court or reversed and rendered by the appellate court.

Scott is a Fellow in the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. He has been involved in 28 cases (two on the merits) before the U.S. Supreme Court. He has also been involved in over 215 appeals to the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and D.C. Circuits, the Alabama Supreme Court and Court of Civil Appeals, the Arkansas Supreme Court, the Georgia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, the Minnesota Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, the Nevada Supreme Court, and the Texas Court of Appeals. Scott has presented oral arguments 30 times before appellate courts, including the Alabama Supreme Court and six federal courts of appeals.

Active in DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar, Scott is a former national director on DRI’s Board of Directors. He is also the former chair of DRI’s Amicus Committee and former chair of DRI’s Appellate Advocacy Committee. In addition, he has served as chair of the DRI’s national Class Action seminar and writes and speaks regularly on class actions and appellate practice.

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama, 1997
  • Texas, 2020

Court Admissions
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Alabama
  • Supreme Court of Alabama

Education

  • Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D., 1997, Order of the Coif; Vanderbilt Law Review, Senior Articles Editor; Moot Court Board, Alabama Law Foundation Scholarship
  • Vanderbilt University Divinity School, Master of Theological Studies, 1997, Cornelius Vanderbilt Founder's Medal for First Honors (valedictorian); Faculty Merit Award, Dean's Scholarship
  • University of Dublin, Trinity College, , 1993, Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar, 1992-1993; Graduate Studies in Creative Writing and Irish Literature
  • Auburn University, B.A., 1991, summa cum laude
Areas of Practice

Appellate | Banking and Financial Services | Bankruptcy and Creditors | Class Actions | Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation | ERISA Litigation | Financial Services Litigation | Government Enforcement and Investigations | Insurance | Labor and Employment | Life, Health and Disability Litigation | Litigation | Managed Care Litigation | Product Liability | Securities and Shareholder Litigation

Blogs

Declassified
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP 

The Declassified blog offers commentary and insights on the latest class action suits, significant class action opinions, relevant changes to laws and rules, and important class action trends. Declassified covers topics ranging from significant Supreme Court and appellate court decisions regarding...

WSG's members are independent firms and are not affiliated in the joint practice of professional services. Each member exercises its own individual judgments on all client matters.

HOME | SITE MAP | GLANCE | PRIVACY POLICY | DISCLAIMER |  © World Services Group, 2021