W. Scott Simpson, Senior Partner at Simpson, McMahan, Glick & Burford (SMGB), plays a prominent role in a new American Bar Association publication – specifically, that of co-author. The Birmingham attorney has penned a section in the ABA’s new book, A Practitioner’s Guide to Class Actions, Second Edition.
Published as a two-volume set, the comprehensive guide provides in-depth knowledge of the many intricacies of a Class Action lawsuit, along with a valuable, state-by-state analysis of the ways the Class Action rules differ from the federal rules.
Simpson wrote about the still new, and somewhat controversial, issue of trying Class Action cases in arbitration, as opposed to state or federal courts. Class Action lawsuits generally are filed in court. About 15 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court permitted a class case in an arbitration, which sparked the debate. In his career, Simpson has defended a number of these. His chapter offers practical advice on the issues a practitioner will confront, as well as ways to address them.
“It is an honor to be invited to be a writer for such a prestigious publication,” Simpson said. “Class Action laws are very complex and each situation is unique. To be successful, an attorney must have the necessary knowledge to best serve his or her client. A Practitioner’s Guide to Class Action can be a big help.”
W. Scott Simpson established Simpson, McMahan, Glick & Burford law firm in 2007. His vision was to provide the level of experience, creativity and technology required in today’s business environment. His areas of experience are civil litigation and alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration. Scott is a Registered Mediator, Registered Appellate Mediator, Commercial Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association. He has handled state and federal cases all over the U.S., including cases before the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals, as well as the U. S. Supreme Court.
Simpson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, with Honors, from the University of Florida in 1989 and received his Juris Doctor degree, Magna Cum Laude, from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in 1993.