John P. Scott, Jr.

John P. Scott, Jr.: Attorney with Starnes Davis Florie LLP AV stamp icon
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John Scott is a Senior Partner at Starnes Davis Florie and has served on the Firm’s Executive Committee. He has over 40 years of litigation experience representing banks, insurance companies and product manufacturers in a wide variety of complex civil litigation and arbitration proceedings involving financial services claims, commercial disputes, insurance and reinsurance service and sales claims, securities disputes and product liability claims. He also has served as a mediator and neutral arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and is an approved FINRA Dispute Resolution Arbitrator.

Professional Recognition

•Listed in Best Lawyers in America and named as Lawyer of the Year - Litigation - Banking & Finance in 2016
•Super Lawyer in Alabama by Mid-South Super Lawyers Magazine
•Holds AV-Preeminent Distinction with Martindale-Hubbell



•Successfully defended national insurance companies in complex federal court litigation involving a reinsurance agreement and workman’s compensation claims handling.
•Successfully defended regional bank in litigation involving employee checking account forgery.
•Successfully defended a regional bank in a non-jury trial involving claims of misappropriation of funds in certificates of deposit accounts.
•Obtained a jury verdict in favor of a regional bank on all claims in a case alleging negligence or wantonness in allowing monies to be withdrawn from an equity line account of the plaintiffs by their son, resulting in damages and alleging invasion of privacy due to numerous collection calls from the defendant bank to the borrower’s home.
•Obtained a jury verdict in excess of $800,000 in favor of a mortgage loan broker against a former manager/employee.
•Obtained FINRA arbitration award in excess of $100,000 and injunctive relief arising out of misappropriation of customer information by securities broker.
•Successfully defended claims against a local state bank involving checking account forgery.
•Obtained an arbitration award in excess of $300,000 in favor of a mortgage loan broker against a former manager/employee.

Presentations and Publications

•John spoke on the topic of Representing the Despised Defendant-Lessons Learned, at the FDCC Winter Meeting - Trial Masters Series Plenary Program, Marco Island, FL, March 15, 2014.
•John spoke on the topic of Recovery of Mental Anguish Damages in Alabama at the Tort Law Seminar - Presented by Alabama Law Weekly in Birmingham, Alabama, September 13, 2013.
•John authored an article published in the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel Quarterly, Vol. 63, No. 2 (Winter 2013), entitled “Mortgage Lending Reform Under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.”
•John also co-authored an article published in the Cumberland Law Review, Vol. 38, No. 3 (2007-2008), entitled “A Practitioner’s Guide to Recovery of Mental Anguish/Emotional Distress Damages in Alabama.”
•He has served as a lecturer on numerous occasions in seminars conducted by the Alabama Bar Institute for Continuing Legal Education and in programs presented before the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel. John has also served as faculty member of the Alabama Defense Lawyers Trial Academy.

News & Insights

•Twenty-Seven SDF Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2019
•Twenty-Eight SDF Attorneys Named to the 2017 Edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers
•Twenty-Six SDF Lawyers Listed in the 2018 Edition of Best Lawyers in America
•Starnes Davis Florie and Attorney John Scott Featured in BBJ’s Table of Experts Series on Banking Deregulation
•Twenty-Six SDF Attorneys Named to the 2016 Edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers
•Twenty Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Named to the 2017 Edition of Best Lawyers
•Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys John Scott and Gray Stiff Named Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” for 2016
•Twenty Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Named to the 2016 Edition of Best Lawyers
•Twenty-Six SDF Attorneys Named to 2015 Alabama Super Lawyers
•Seventeen Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Named to the 2015 Edition of Best Lawyers
•Thirty SDF Attorneys Named to Alabama Super Lawyers 2014
•SDF Attorney John Scott Wins Trial in Favor of Financial Institution
•Sixteen Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Named to the 2014 Edition of Best Lawyers
•Twenty-Six Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Listed in Alabama Super Lawyers 2013
•Seventeen Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Named to the 2013 Edition of Best Lawyers
•Twenty-Two Starnes Attorneys Listed in Alabama Super Lawyers
•Sixteen Starnes Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers 2012
•Twenty Starnes Attorneys Listed in Alabama Super Lawyers

Areas of Practice (14)

  • Arbitration
  • Aviation
  • Bad Faith / Insurance Disputes
  • Banking & Financial Services
  • Class Actions
  • Collegiate Sports
  • Early Case Assessment
  • Internal Investigations
  • Investigations
  • Mass Torts
  • Outbreaks
  • Privacy & Data Security
  • Product Liability
  • Securities

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
205-868-6013  Phone
205-868-6099  Fax
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 598512, Birmingham, AL 35209
University Attended:
Auburn University, B.S., 1970
Law School Attended:
Cumberland School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1973
Year of First Admission:
U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 4th, 5th, 11th, and D.C. Circuits; U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Alabama; 1973, Alabama; U.S. Supreme Court

Community Involvement

•John is actively involved in his church and has served as Chairman of its Board of Deacons.
•He has served as a member of the Board of Trustees and Director of the Episcopal Foundation of Jefferson County.
•He is currently involved with voluntary teaching at Restoration Academy, a high school in Jefferson County, Alabama.

Birth Information:
Birmingham, Alabama, June 8, 1947
Reported Cases:
Reported Cases; Woods v. SunTrust Bank, 81 So. 3d 357 (Ala. Civ. App. 2011); Ronald Cottrell, et al v. NCAA, et al, 975 So. 2d 306 (Ala. 2007); Gloor v. BancorpSouth, 925 So. 2d 984 (Ala.Civ.App. 2005); Greenbrier Village, L.L.C. v. City of Mountain Brook, 345 F.3d 1258 (11th Cir. 2003); Bronson & Migliaccio, LLP v. Kinsey, 228 F.Supp. 2d 1315 (N.D. Ala. 2002); Eastside Development, Inc. v. Medical Plaza East, POB, LLC, 852 So. 2d 96 (Ala. 2002); Brooks v. J.C. Penney Life Insurance Co., 231 F.Supp. 2d 1136 (N.D. Ala. 2002); Russell Corp. v. Sullivan, 790 So. 2d 940 (Ala. 2001); NationsBanc Investments, Inc. v. Paramore, 736 So. 2d 589 (Ala. 1999); Skyline Steel Corp. v. RDI/Caesars Riverboat Casino, LLC, 44 F.Supp. 2d 1337 (N.D. Ala. 1999); Ex parte Russell Corp., 703 So. 2d 953 (Ala. 1997); Johnson v. Alabama Power Co., 664 So. 2d 877 (Ala. 1995); Ex parte Day, 611 So. 2d 230 (Ala. 1992); Taffet v. Southern Co., 967 F.2d 1483 (11th Cir. 1992); Central Bancshares of the South, Inc. v. Puckett, 584 So. 2d 829 (Ala. 1991); Alabama Power Co. v. Smith. 575 So. 2d 1084 (Ala. 1991); Campbell v. Alabama Power Co., 567 So. 2d 1222 (Ala. 1990); McElrath v. Alabama Power Co., 554 So. 2d 994 (Ala. 1989); Alabama Power Co. v. Wallace, 548 So. 2d 1372 (Ala. 1989); State of Ala. v. U.S. E.P.A., 711 F.Supp. 574 (M.D. Ala. 1988); Riverchase Homeowners Protective Ass'n, Inc. v. City of Hoover, 531 So. 2d 645 (Ala. 1988); Ex parte Thomson McKinnon Securities, Inc., 517 So. 2d 614 (Ala. 1987); Terry Properties, Inc. v. Standard Oil Co. (Ind.), 799 F.2d 1523 (11th Cir. 1986); Ramer v. City of Hoover, 437 So. 2d 455 (Ala. 1983)

Peer Reviews

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