Scott Burnett Smith’s practice covers class actions, complex litigation, and appeals. Scott has been involved in dozens of nationwide class actions in state and federal courts and has handled over 30 class action appeals. He is also regularly involved as the appellate lawyer embedded with a trial team in complex civil litigation. In that role, he has succeeded in having several multimillion-dollar injury verdicts, including punitive damages, remitted by the trial court or reversed and rendered by the appellate court.
Scott is a Fellow in the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. The founder and chair of the firm's Appellate Litigation Group, Scott has been involved in 20 cases (two on the merits) before the U.S. Supreme Court. He has also been involved in over 190 appeals to the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, D.C., and Federal Circuits, the Alabama Supreme Court and Court of Civil Appeals, the Arkansas Supreme Court, the Georgia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, the Minnesota Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, and the Nevada Supreme Court. Scott has presented oral arguments 29 times before appellate courts, including the Alabama Supreme Court and six federal courts of appeals.
Active in DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar, Scott currently serves as chair of the Publications Board and is a former national director on DRI’s Board of Directors. He is also the former chair of DRI’s Amicus Committee and former chair of DRI’s Appellate Advocacy Committee. In addition, he has served as chair of the DRI’s national Class Action seminar and writes and speaks regularly on class actions and appellate practice.