Scott Stevens, a native of Mobile, is a partner at Starnes Davis Florie. He joined the firm's Mobile office in July of 2007.
Scott's practice is devoted to civil litigation. He is licensed to practice in Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi, and regularly handles matters along the Central Gulf Coast. He represents business clients and professionals in a broad range of practice areas, including defense of personal injury and wrongful death claims, defense of corporate directors and officers, banking litigation, labor & employment, and defense of retail and premises claims. Scott is also a registered Mediator on the Alabama State Court Mediator Roster.
Successfully obtained an order denying a class certification attempt against a community association for a major tourist development in Northwest Florida. The Association was alleged to be responsible for class allegations relating to violations of the Florida Deceptive & Unfair Trade Practices Act.
Obtained favorable ruling and opinion from Eleventh Circuit, affirming grant of summary judgment in client's favor on financial institution bond claim.
Obtained complete summary judgment on behalf of restaurant franchisee owner based on judicial estoppel principles, due to Plaintiff's failure to disclose claims against franchisee in separate bankruptcy proceedings.
Obtained complete summary judgment in federal district court on behalf of national grocery chain as to claims for negligence and wantonness arising out of personal injury sustained by Plaintiff in store. Plaintiff claimed that Defendant failed to maintain and inspect its premises, and further failed to properly train and supervise its employees.
Obtained complete dismissal of claims against national banking entity where Plaintiff sought equitable subrogation and establishment of priority over bank's secured interest.
Obtained summary judgment on behalf of national paper products manufacturer in Choctaw County on third-party claims for indemnity and insurance coverage arising out of personal injury incident at manufacturer's plant in Choctaw County.
Successfully briefed and obtained writ of mandamus from Alabama Supreme Court on behalf of insurance company, directing Circuit Court of Dallas County, Alabama to transfer insurance fraud case to Circuit Court of Lee County on grounds that venue was improper in Dallas County.
Obtained recovery on behalf of marine services client after filing suit under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (“OPA”) for damages relative to an Oil Spill that occurred on the Mobile River during a tank-to-tank transfer on defendant's property.
Obtained summary judgment on behalf of property preservation and inspection company on claims of trespass, conversion, invasion of privacy, defamation, outrage, and wantonness, arising out of preservation work performed on home that was in foreclosure.
Obtained dismissal of international hotel chain from premises liability suit, based on fact that hotel chain was not responsible for operation or maintenance of hotel where incident occurred.
Obtained a defense verdict on behalf of marine construction company in Federal District Court by successfully proving that the defendant's vessel was not in marine peril, where plaintiff had asserted a claim for maritime salvage award for saving vessel that was allegedly adrift.
Obtained a complete summary judgment and dismissal for a national insurance provider in a suit brought under Alabama's Direct Action Statute involving novel issues and arguments under Alabama law. The judgment and dismissal were subsequently affirmed on appeal by the Alabama Supreme Court.
Obtained complete dismissal, with prejudice, of all claims against maritime port engineer in personal injury action arising out of an explosion on merchant vessel as it underwent repairs in a South Carolina shipyard. The federal district court agreed with defense counsel that the claims were time-barred, despite Plaintiff's claims that equitable tolling and equitable estoppel should apply to extend the limitations period.
Obtained dismissal of claims against condominium developer based on argument that Mississippi Chancery Court lacked jurisdiction to revisit decision of arbitrator. The dismissal was affirmed on appeal by the Mississippi Court of Appeals.
Obtained complete summary judgment in purported class action suit brought against cable services provider for breach of contract and specific performance arising out of gas rebate promotion. The dismissal was subsequently affirmed on appeal by the Alabama Supreme Court.
Obtained defense verdict on behalf of gymnastics facility in Mobile, Alabama, in a personal injury case wherein Plaintiff filed suit against the facility claiming that the foam pit was unsafe for use by adults.
Obtained complete summary judgment on behalf of bonding company on bond claims asserted against it by subcontractor for nonpayment for construction work performed on public works project in Baldwin County, Alabama.
Obtained complete summary judgment on behalf of home health care agency and certified nursing assistant, where Plaintiff alleged claims of medical negligence, assault, breach of contract, and negligent hiring, training, and supervision, arising out of alleged improper handling of mentally ill patient.
Obtained defense verdict on behalf of cable services provider in state court action in Baldwin County, where Plaintiff alleged damages related to breach of contract and negligent installation of cable services, causing him lost rental value on his condominium unit in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
Obtained complete summary judgment in federal district court on grounds of res judicata and collateral estoppel on behalf of municipal water services provider for claims of negligence and wantonness with regard to their maintenance of sewage treatment plant for local municipality.
Obtained complete summary judgment in federal district court on behalf of surety/bonding company, dismissing claims which alleged that surety was responsible for damages arising out of the nonpayment of various subcontractors by the owner of a condominium development on Gulf Coast.
Obtained dismissal on behalf of marine services client of pendent state law claims in federal district court, which alleged claims of breach of contract, fraud, and unpaid accounts in connection with the purchase of a vessel and various other marine services contracts.
Obtained dismissal in federal district court, on behalf of horticulture corporation, of fraud and negligence claims, as well as 31 patent claims, based upon statute of limitations and laches arguments.
Obtained dismissal of claims against condominium developer brought in federal district court for the Southern District of Mississippi on grounds that Court lacked jurisdiction to hear claims brought by Plaintiff.
Routinely compels claims brought in state and federal courts into arbitration for variety of clients, including those related to manufactured housing contracts, retailer contracts, and banking and consumer finance contracts.
Obtained a defense verdict for the Board of Directors of a condominium association in a three-day trial involving alleged failure to comply with the Alabama Uniform Condominium Act and Declaration of Condominium as it pertained to insurance and redevelopment after Hurricane Ivan.
Obtained a full dismissal of class allegations against a corporation alleged to have violated the Truth-In-Lending Act ( TILA ).
Honors And Awards
Scott is an AV rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings and has been named a Rising Star for the state of Alabama by the 2011 - 2016 editions of Mid-South Super Lawyers magazine. Scott is a graduate of the 2011 IADC Trial Academy, held at Stanford Law School, a graduate of the 2012 CLM Litigation Management Institute, held at Columbia Law School in New York, where he received the Certified Litigation Management Professional designation. He also serves as a member of CLM's Retail, Restaurant, and Hospitality Board.
Scott graduated cum laude from the University of Alabama School of Law. While in law school, Scott was selected as a member of the John A. Campbell Moot Court Board for appellate advocacy, and participated on the National Tax Moot Court Team. Scott was also a senior editor for the Journal of the Legal Profession, and published an article entitled A Comparative Look at Alabama's Stance on Ethical Issues Faced by Insurance Defense Lawyers, 30 J. Leg. Prof. 159 (2005-2006).
Scott also graduated magna cum laude from the University of South Alabama in Mobile in 2003, obtaining a degree in Criminal Justice/Political Science.
Speeches And Publications
Documentation: Just Do It, Pensacola, Florida, (February 25, 2016).
Recent Development in Production & Preservation of Surveillance Video, 2016 CLM Restaurant, Retail, and Hospitality Conference, Tampa, FL (February 2016).
Handling Internal Employment Investigations, Pensacola, FL (2015).
Civil and Criminal Liability for Falsification of Medical Records, Pensacola Beach, FL (August 15, 2014).
Legal Overview and Update - Employment Law Issues (FMLA and ADA), Pensacola Beach, FL (2014).
Defense of Restaurant and Retailer Claims in Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida, Kansas City, MO (2012).
Insurers Beware: Defending Claims Under Alabama's Direct Action Statute, Alabama Defense Lawyers Association (ADLA) Journal, 2012 Spring Edition.
11/9/2016 Twenty-Six SDF Attorneys Named to the 2016 Edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers
3/15/2016 SDF Attorney Scott Stevens Named To CLM Retail, Restaurant, and Hospitality Board
5/1/2015 Twenty-Six SDF Attorneys Named to 2015 Alabama Super Lawyers
4/23/2015 Stiff, Newton & Stevens Obtain a Favorable Appellate Ruling in Financial Institution Bond Case
4/29/2014 Thirty SDF Attorneys Named to Alabama Super Lawyers 2014
5/2/2013 Twenty-Six Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Listed in Alabama Super Lawyers 2013
1/23/2013 Starnes Davis Florie Announces Its New Partners
8/31/2012 Starnes Attorneys Butler and Stevens Obtain Defense Verdict in Maritime Case
5/1/2012 Twenty-Two Starnes Attorneys Listed in Alabama Super Lawyers
2/3/2012 Butler, Stevens and Gerheim Obtained Summary Judgment & Dismissal for National Insurance Provider
4/29/2011 Twenty Starnes Attorneys Listed in Alabama Super Lawyers