J. Scott Kirk

J. Scott Kirk: Attorney with Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell Professional Association AV stamp icon
Attorney Awards


Scott Kirk represents clients in the areas of commercial trucking litigation, casualty defense, product liability, employment and admiralty. Defending clients in hotly contested litigation in Florida’s state and federal courts, Scott has been inducted as a fellow into the American College of Trial Lawyers, a prestigious by-invitation-only organization composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. He is also past president of the Central Florida chapter of the American Board of Trial Attorneys, as well as the 2014 recipient of “Defense Trial Lawyer of the Year” for ABOTA.

Scott has also been recognized by his peers and the community for his advocacy skills. In 2004, Florida Monthly magazine recognized him as one of Florida’s Top Lawyers, a distinction bestowed upon him by his peers. In April 2005, Orlando Magazine recognized Scott as one of Orlando’s Best Lawyers. In 2003, the magazine identified him as a Legal Eagle in the area of personal injury litigation, following his 2001 recognition in the magazine as one of Orlando’s 55 Best Attorneys. His peers have selected Scott every year for the past ten years for inclusion in Woodward/White’s, The Best Lawyers in America in the field of personal injury litigation.

Scott defends nationally known trucking companies in cases involving significant and catastrophic injuries as well as wrongful death claims. Representing an industry subject to regulation at state and federal levels, Scott’s practice includes consulting with his trucking industry clients on evidence preservation and compliance matters that may impact the investigation of accidents and the defense of future litigation. Familiar with the regulations governing the industry, Scott defends trucking clients in cases involving issues including weight, lighting, driver qualifications and performance, and vehicle maintenance and repair. He has litigated cases involving issues related to the electronic control module. He has defended claims arising from a variety of trucking accidents including rollovers, vehicle/ pedestrian, and multiple vehicle collisions.

In his casualty defense practice, Scott represents clients in a variety of matters including premises liability, motor vehicle accidents and product defect claims. Scott represents public entities, individuals and businesses in this facet of his practice. He has defended premises liability claims involving public housing, retail establishments, hotels, restaurants and bars as well as private homes. His defense of claims arising from motor vehicle accidents includes collisions involving passenger cars and trucks, commercial vehicles, and motorcycles. In the product defect aspect of his casualty defense practice, Scott has defended a variety of products including ladders, stools, chairs, lawnmowers, farm implements, cranes and erection equipment, water heaters, conveyor systems and elevators/escalators.

Defending manufacturers against product liability claims is part of Scott’s practice. He defends manufacturers in the marine industry against claims of personal injury and wrongful death arising from boating accidents. Scott has handled cases including those involving issues of vessel and engine design and performance, operator performance, and prop guard claims. In conjunction with this facet of his practice, Scott also represents clients in admiralty matters involving the Jones Act.

Scott’s practice includes the defense of public entity clients in employment matters. He represents clients at administrative proceedings of the EEOC and the Florida Commission on Human Rights and in judicial proceedings in state and federal court. Scott has defended against discrimination claims including those based on age, gender, race/ethnicity and disability.

In additional to his trial practice, Scott serves as an arbitrator in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. He frequently speaks to clients and at seminars on topics related to claims investigation and defense.


• Defense Trial Lawyer of the Year 2014, Central Florida Chapter, ABOTA
•Listed in Best Lawyers in America, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, 1995-2019
•Listed in Florida Super Lawyers, Personal Injury Defense: General, 2007-2013, 2015-2018

Articles & Presentations

• Apportioning Multiple Injuries, CEU Institute Claims Examiner Seminar, March 2014, Co-Presenter
• Civil Litigation Strategies, CEU Institute Claims Examiner Seminar, November 2013, Co-Presenter
•Jacksonville Association of Defense Counsel, Speaker
•Ninth Annual Florida Liability Claims Conference, Speaker
•USHARP Pool Conference, Speaker
•Eighth Annual Florida Liability Claims Conference, Speaker
•National Association of Women Business Owners, Speaker
•Florida Housing Authorities Risk Management Insureds, Speaker
•Florida Housing Authorities Risk Management Insureds in Ocala, Speaker

Ratings and Certifications

•AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell




•Best Lawyers in America 2019 Recognizes Nineteen Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell Attorneys
•Florida Super Lawyers Names Eight Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell Attorneys to 2018 List; Two Attorneys Named Rising Stars
•Twenty One Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers in America 2018
•Florida Super Lawyers Names Nine Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell Attorneys to 2017 List
•Nineteen RKC Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers in America 2017
•Florida Super Lawyers Names Ten Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell Attorneys to 2016 List
•Twenty Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell Attorneys Named To Best Lawyers in America 2016
•Florida Super Lawyers Names Nine Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell Attorneys to 2015 List
•Rumberger Partners Give Advice: What New Litigators Can Do To Win Their First Trial
•Scott Kirk inducted as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers
•Rumberger’s Scott Kirk Receives the Defense Trial Lawyer of the Year Award from the ABOTA Central Florida Chapter
•Florida Super Lawyers Names 11 RKC Attorneys to 2014 List; Ten Named Rising Stars
•Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell Receives Tier 1 Ranking From Best Lawyers In America
•Florida Super Lawyers Names 11 Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell Attorneys and 10 Rising Stars
•Fourteen Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell Attorneys Named To Best Lawyers In America
•Twelve RKC Attorneys Named Florida Super Lawyers: Seven Named as Rising Stars
•Thirteen Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell Attorneys Named Florida Super Lawyers: Seven Named as Rising Stars
•Scott Kirk Elected President Of The Central Florida Chapter Of The American Board Of Trial Advocates
•Twelve Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell Attorneys Named Florida Super Lawyers: Seven Named as Rising Stars
•Six Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell Attorneys Named Best Lawyers
•Fifteen Rumberger Attorneys Named Florida Super Lawyers: Seven Named as Rising Stars


•A Case Study: Negligent Hiring and Retention Claims
•Tractor-Trailer ECM Data Plays Part in Spoliation of Evidence

Beyond My Bio

•Scott Kirk Talks About His Love For Litigation and Trial Work

Areas of Practice (8)

  • Casualty Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Trucking Litigation
  • Boating, Marine, and Personal Watercraft
  • Government
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation
  • Retail & Hospitality

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
407.839.4564  Phone
407.835.2064  Fax
University Attended:
Stetson University, B.A., History, 1973
Law School Attended:
Stetson University, College of Law, J.D., 1976
Year of First Admission:
U.S. District Courts of Florida (Northern, Middle, Southern); U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit; 1976, Florida; U.S. Supreme Court

Professional & Civic Activities

•American College of Trial Lawyers
•American Board of Trial Attorneys, Past President
•Defense Research Institute
•Florida Defense Lawyers Association
•Orange County Bar Association
•The Florida Bar

Birth Information:
Sanford, Florida, August 9, 1951
Reported Cases:
Notable Cases: Redinger v. Alvey Systems (Orange County); Seymour v. Brunswick; Wozniak v. Florida Power Corp. v. American Television & Communications Corp. (Orange County)

Peer Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0
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  • 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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    Lincoln Plaza, Suite 1400 , 300 South Orange Avenue (32801) , P.O. Box 1873
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