W. Scott Simpson started the firm with his wife in 2007. A former corporate general counsel, Scott now specializes in dispute resolution. Scott is a Registered Mediator, Registered Appellate Mediator, Commercial Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, and a licensed Real Estate Broker. He has conducted mediations in 26 states, and has also been involved in many arbitration cases.
Scott takes pride in the fact that the firm makes no delineation between partner and associate. “This is a big advantage for our clients because it means the partners – the most experienced people in the entire firm – are actively involved. It’s one of the reasons we have never lost a client since we opened our doors.”
He earned a B.A. degree from the University of Florida in 1989, and received his Juris Doctor degree from the Cumberland School of law at Samford University in 1993.
Since 2002, Scott has taught a class on dispute resolution at the Samford law school as a way to help inform and educate tomorrow’s young lawyers.
In 2015, the Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal (the nation’s leading alternative legal publication) published a study spearheaded by Scott and Florida State University Psychology Professor Roy F. Baumeister.“The glucose model of mediation: Physiological bases of willpower as important explanations for common mediation behavior,” discusses the parallels between blood glucose levels and a person’s reduced likeliness to say no to a settlement during the late afternoon period, when blood glucose levels are typically down.
- 1989: B.A., University of Florida.
- 1993: J.D., Cumberland School of Law at Samford University.
- Registered Mediator.
- Registered Appellate Mediator.
- Registered Arbitrator.
- Commercial Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association.
- Real Estate Broker, Alabama Notary Public.
- Buckley v. Robertson, 1997 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 6686 (S.D. Ala. March 10, 1997).
- Southern Energy Homes, Inc. v. Ard, 2000 Ala. LEXIS 218, 772 So. 2d 1131 (Ala. 2000).
- Southern Energy Homes, Inc. v. Nalley, 2000 Ala. LEXIS 561, 777 So. 2d 99 (Ala. 2000).
- Southern Energy Homes Retail Corp. v. McCool, 2001 Ala. LEXIS 312, 814 So. 2d 845 (Ala. 2001).
- Parkerson v. Smith, 2002 Miss. LEXIS 91, 817 So. 2d 529 (Miss. 2002).
- Ex parte Thicklin, 2002 Ala. LEXIS 11, 824 So. 2d 723 (Ala. 2002).
- Walton v. Rose Mobile Homes, L.L.C., 2002 U.S. App. LEXIS 15283, 298 F.3d 470 (5th Cir. 2002).
- Davis v. Southern Energy Homes, Inc., 2002 U.S. App. LEXIS 19598, 305 F.3d 1268 (11th Cir. 2002), cert. denied 123 S. Ct. 1633 (2003).
- Ex parte Southern Energy Homes, Inc., 2003 Ala. LEXIS 206, 873 So. 2d 1116 (Ala. 2003).
- In re Healthsouth Corp. Ins. Litigation, 2004 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 4454, 308 F.Supp. 2d 1253 (N.D. Ala. 2004).
- Jones-Williams Construction Co., Inc. v. Town & Country Property, L.L.C., 2005 Ala. Civ. App. LEXIS 470, 923 So. 2d 321 (Ala. Civ. App. 2005).
- Patriot Manufacturing Co. v. Jackson, 2005 Ala. LEXIS 207, 929 So. 2d 997 (Ala. 2005).
- Johnson v. Southern Energy Homes, Inc., 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 28446, 391 F. Supp.2d 1118 (S.D. Ala. 2005).
- Wilson v. Style Crest Products, Inc., 2006 S.C. LEXIS 69, 627 S.E.2d 733 (S.C. 2006).
- Joseph v. MTS Investment Corp., 2006 Ala. LEXIS 335, 964 So. 2d 642 (Ala. 2006).
- Murphy v. Southern Energy Homes, Inc., 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 52111 (M.D. Ala. July 18, 2007).
- Redman Home Builders Co. v. Lewis, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 79697, 513 F. Supp.2d 1299 (S.D. Ala. 2007).
- Ex parte Johnson, 2008 Ala. LEXIS 90, 993 So. 2d 875 (Ala. 2008).
COURSES, SPEECHES & LEGAL SEMINARS:
- Hot Topics in Banking Law: Class Action Arbitrations in Alabama, February 15, 2008 presented at the “2008 Banking Law” Seminar for the Alabama Bar Institute for Continuing Legal Education.
- Practice Pointers in Arbitration from the Defendant’s Perspective, October 26, 2007 presented at the “Keys to Successful Arbitration” Seminar for the Cumberland School of Law Continuing Legal Education Seminar in Birmingham, Alabama.
- Moderator of the “Keys to Successful Arbitration” Seminar for the Cumberland School of Law Continuing Legal Education Seminar in Birmingham, Alabama, October 26, 2007.
- The Contours of Arbitration Discovery: Discovery Before, During and After the Hearing, April 28, 2005.
- Presented at the “Do We Need Discovery in Arbitration?” Seminar for the American Arbitration Association in Birmingham, Alabama.
- Moderator of the “How to Win in Arbitration” Seminar for the Cumberland School of Law Continuing Legal Education Seminar in Birmingham, Alabama, October 29, 2004.
- Drafting an Enforceable Consumer Arbitration Agreement, October 29, 2004 presented at the “How to Win in Arbitration” Seminar for the Cumberland School of Law Continuing Legal Education Seminar in Birmingham, Alabama.
- Mediation Strategies and Current Issues in Arbitration, October 25, 2002, presented at the “Pre-Trial Practice and Procedure” Seminar for the Alabama Bar Institute for Continuing Legal Education in Birmingham, Alabama.
- Arbitration of Consumer Claims – the Southern Homes Experience, April 26, 2001, presented at the “Top Gun” Litigation Management Super Course for the Network of Trial Law Firms, Inc. in San Diego, California.
- Appellate Mediation, March 25, 2004, presented before the Appellate Courts of Brazil, San Paulo, Brazil.
- Environmental Law in the United States, March 22 – 24, 2004, presented at three campuses of the Faculdades Metropolitanas Unidas (the largest law school in Brazil) in San Paolo, Brazil.
- Taught International Arbitration at Cambridge University, Cambridge England, July 2006. Scheduled to teach Alternative Dispute Resolution at Cambridge University, Cambridge England, July 2008.
- W. Scott Simpson and Gordon Blair, The Magnuson Moss Act Defense to Arbitration: What’s Left After Davis v. Southern Energy Homes, Inc., 64 Ala. Law. 367 (November 2003).
- W. Scott Simpson, Stephan J. Ware & Vickie M. Willard, The Source of Alabama’s Abundance of Arbitration Cases: Alabama’s Bizarre Law of Damages for Mental Anguish, 28 Am. J. Trial Advoc. 135 (2004).
- W. Scott Simpson and Omer Kesikli, The Contours of Arbitration Discovery, 67 Ala. Law. 280 (2006).
- Adjunct Professor of Law, Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, 2003 – present. Regularly teaches Alternative Dispute Resolution and Arbitration Law.
- Earned a B.A. degree, with honors (graduated 6th in class) from the University of Florida in 1989.
- Earned a J.D. degree from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, Magna Cum Laude (graduated 5th in class) in 1993.
Law school awards and memberships:
- Curia Honoris, 1994.
- Presidential Scholarship Recipient.
- Leadership Scholarship Recipient.
- Research Editor, Cumberland Law Review, 1992-93.
- Cumberland Law Review, 1991-93.
- Justice, Honor Court, 1991-93.
- Cumberland Trial Board, 1992-93.
- Cumberland Moot Court Board, 1992-93.
- Dean’s List and National Dean’s List, 1991-93.
- Who’s Who Among American Law Students.
- Best Advocate, Robert B. Donworth Appellate Argument Comp., 1992.
- Finalist (2nd Place), Judge James O. Haley Federal Court Comp., 1992.
- American Jurisprudence Book Award – Constitutional Law I.
- Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
- Cordell Hull Teaching Fellow.
- Post Graduate work at the University of Alabama, Birmingham Graduate School of Business.