R. Scott Williams

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Scott Williams focuses his practice on bankruptcy, reorganization and creditors’ rights and commercial litigation. He represents creditors and debtors in complex bankruptcy matters and has substantial experience in handling complex commercial litigation cases. In addition, Scott’s experience extends to litigation and transactional work in a number of areas including: automotive, energy, healthcare and manufacturing sectors.

Scott is active in the Bankruptcy Bar on both local and national levels. He was a contributing editor to Collier on Bankruptcy, and co-authored Bankruptcy Litigation Manual: What Civil Litigators Need to Know. (American Bankruptcy Institute, 2007). In 2007, Scott became the first practicing attorney from Alabama to serve on the Board of Directors of the American Bankruptcy Institute ( ABI ) and is currently a member of the Executive Committee. He also currently serves as Co-Chair of the ABI Litigation Skills Symposium and is a frequent lecturer and author on bankruptcy and commercial law topics.

Prior to entering private practice, Scott served as counsel within several administrative units within the U.S. Government. He served as Counsel to U.S. SenatorHowell T. Heflin on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Courts and Administrative Practice (1988-1992), and then served as Legislative Liaison to the Federal Courts Study Committee (1989-1990). Scott played a significant role in drafting the United States Bankruptcy Code Amendments enacted in 1995, while serving as Counsel to Senator Heflin.


•AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
•Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers, Bankruptcy:Business, 2016, 2017, 2018

Articles & Presentations

• A Fork in the Road, What Happens When Things Don’t Go Right: Considerations for Bankruptcy Protection, Energy & Mining International, Volume 17, Issue 1, January 24, 2019
•Moderator, “Auctions: Law, Tips and the Cutting Edge, 34th Annual Meeting of the Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors, June 2018
• How to Successfully Litigate a Relief-from-Stay-Motion, American Bankruptcy Institute 36th Annual Spring Meeting, April 20, 2018
• Art of Persuasions: Trial Techniques to Win Your Case , 12th Annual American Bankruptcy Institute/SMU Litigation Skills Symposium, 2013
• Evidence Demonstration: Using Experts at Trial, Alexander L. Paskay Seminar on Bankruptcy Law & Practice, Stetson Law School, 2011
•Collier on Bankruptcy (15th Ed. Rev.), Chapters 501 and 502 (2005); Contributing Editor
• Art of Persuations: Trial Techniques to Win Your Case , 8th Annual American Bankruptcy Institute/Tulane University Law School Litigation Skills Symposium, 2009
• When Things Go Bad: An Overview of Bankruptcy , Alabama Society of CPAs, 32nd Annual Sandestin Continuing Professional Education Conference, 2008
•Bankruptcy Litigation Manual: What Civil Litigators Need to Know (American Bankruptcy Institute, 2007) (Co-Author)
• Bankruptcy Litigation for Non-Bankruptcy Lawyers , Birmingham Bar Association, 2008
• Mock Presentation with an Evidentiary Focus on Privileges: Lawyer/Client, Fifth Amendment, Waiver, Trade Secrets, Financial Privacy, Turnover, & Alternatives , American Bankruptcy Institute Annual Spring Meeting, 2005
• Proposed Exemptions in Alabama Cumberland School of Law Annual Bankruptcy Seminar, 2003
• Nuts and Bolts of Effective Bankruptcy Trial Practice American Bankruptcy Institute Annual Spring Meeting, 2003

Community Involvement

•Trinity United Methodist
•Homewood (AL) City School Board, Past President
•Youth Sports Coach




•Rumberger Kirk and Caldwell Attorneys Selected As 2018 Mid-South Super Lawyers
•Scott Williams Continues His Conversation with Turnarounds and Workouts for the Mid-Year Update, Part II
•Turnarounds & Workouts Talks with Bankruptcy Experts including Scott Williams for a Mid-Year Update
•Birmingham Business Journal Talks with Scott Williams and other Experts about Recent Bankruptcy Filings
•Scott Williams Moderates Auctions: Law, Tips and the Cutting Edge at the Annual Meeting of the AIRA
•Turnarounds & Workouts Speaks with Scott Williams about Toys R Us Bankruptcy
•Scott Williams and a Panel of Experts Address Automatic Stay in Bankruptcy during ABI Spring Meeting
•Rumberger, Kirk and Caldwell Attorneys Selected As 2017 Mid-South Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
•Scott Williams Represents City of Perry in Agreement with BioNitrogen
•Scott Williams to Moderate Panel at ABI Spring Meeting
•Scott Williams Participates on Lights, Camera, Action: Media Strategies and Ethics Panel
•Rumberger’s Cookin’ Counselors Strike Again Team’s Smokin’ Hot Chili Wins 2nd Place for the Second Consecutive Year
•Ten Attorneys Join Rumberger’s Birmingham Office: Expand Commercial Litigation Practice


•A Fork in the Road, What Happens When Things Don’t Go Right: Considerations for Bankruptcy Protection

Beyond My Bio

•RKC’s Cookin’ Counselors Serve up Chili for a Good Cause
•RKC’s Cookin’ Counselors Spice Up Birmingham
•Rumberger’s Cookin’ Counselors Cook Up Some Serious Chili
•Scott Williams Discusses His Practice and Dedication to His Profession and Community
•The Rumberger Cookin’ Counselors Spice Up Birmingham

Areas of Practice (7)

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Banking and Financial Institutions Litigation
  • Bankruptcy and Restructuring
  • Banking
  • Mortgage
  • and Financial Services
  • Healthcare

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
205.572.4926  Phone
205.326.6786  Fax
University Attended:
University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign, B.A., 1985
Law School Attended:
University of Alabama, J.D., Student Works Editor, Journal of the Legal Profession, 1987 - 1988, 1988
Year of First Admission:
U.S. District Courts of Alabama (Northern, Middle, Southern); U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit; 1988, Alabama

Professional & Civic Activities

•Alabama Bar Association
•American Bar Association
•Birmingham Bar Association
•Past President, Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section
•Past Member, Executive Committee
•American Bankruptcy Institute
•Vice President, Membership, 2013
•Executive Committee, 2013
•Board of Directors, 2007
•Past Board Member, ABI Southeast Regional Conference
•Co-Chair, Litigation Skills Symposium


Peer Reviews

  • 4.9/5.0 (1 review)
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.
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