Scott Burnett Smith

Legal Assistant
Debbie Cates
P: 256.517.5154

Scott Burnett Smith is the founder and chair of Bradley’s Appellate Litigation Practice Group. His practice covers class actions, ERISA litigation, complex litigation, and appeals. Scott has been involved in dozens of nationwide class actions in state and federal courts and has handled over 40 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. He has been involved in 28 cases (two on the merits) before the U.S. Supreme Court. He has also been involved in over 230 appeals to the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and D.C. Circuits, the Alabama Supreme Court and Court of Civil Appeals, the Arkansas Supreme Court, the California Court of Appeals, the Georgia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, the Minnesota Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, the Nevada Supreme Court, and the Texas Court of Appeals. Scott has presented oral arguments 30 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 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.