As a Partner at Butler, Scott focuses his practice on Commercial Litigation, Product Liability and Insurer Bad Faith Litigation. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1990. He received his Juris Doctorate from Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1993.
Scott’s litigation practice includes representing clients in contract disputes, products liability claims and recalls, insurance bad faith claims, environmental litigation, and toxic tort lawsuits. Scott also represents clients in intellectual property cases, fiduciary disputes, agency litigation, securities litigation, and a wide variety of other commercial disputes. Prior to joining Butler, Scott was a partner with a national law firm in Orlando, Florida where he focused on commercial litigation and was hiring partner for the firm.
Scott has practiced extensively in products liability litigation representing automotive manufacturers in strict liability and negligence claims for catastrophic injuries and deaths arising from vehicle rollovers and other crashes. He has represented automotive parts manufacturers in reporting and safety campaigns with NHTSA. He has also assisted clients in evaluating and conducting recalls governed by the Food and Drug Administration and the Consumer Product Safety Commission. He has served as national counsel for clients defending mass tort claims pending in multiple states.
He has represented clients in environmental litigation involving CERCLA, RCRA and state statutory and common law claims. His environmental litigation has involved TCE, silica, hydrochloric acid, phosphoric acid, sulfuric acid, and multiple carcinogenic substances and fuel spills. Scott has represented clients in class actions involving environmental claims and toxic torts claiming health effects and property damage from industrial accidents and accident spills.
Scott’s commercial practice has included contract litigation in numerous industries, including resort development, timeshare, real estate, insurance, financing and lending, engineering, healthcare, automotive manufacturing, chemical manufacturing, mining, securities, entertainment, and shipping.
Scott’s commercial litigation practice includes representing clients in intellectual property disputes involving I.P. asset purchases, trademark infringement claims, licensing disputes, and joint venture and partnership litigation. He has represented clients in 10b-5 claims and other securities issues.
He has represented businesses in class action consumer litigation involving alleged fraud and statutory claims regarding advertising and contests. Scott has represented clients in estate litigation challenging wills based on undue influence and lack of testamentary capacity. He has also represented companies in defending ADA Title III claims.
Scott has spoken at litigation and trial advocacy skills seminars for lawyers, corporations, industry groups, and conventions on trial practice and other legal topics in several states.
The Tampa winner of the Butler Step-Up award has been selected. David Maldoff presented the award to Suha Zeineladbin at the Hillsborough Education Foundation's 2016 "Take Stock in Children" Scholar Celebration. She received the award for her commitment to scholarly success and community service. She will be attending the University of South Florida in the fall. The Firm's Community Service Com...