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Scott came to Hare Wynn in 1986 after establishing a reputation as a trial lawyer with another firm. Since then, his diverse practice has taken him throughout the United States. Among the types of cases he has handled include litigation under the False Claims Act for qui tam plaintiffs, class action litigation involving complex legal issues and commercial litigation.

Scott graduated cum laude in 1978 from the Cumberland School of Law and began to build his reputation as a formidable courtroom opponent and someone who truly devotes much of his energy to his profession.

Scott is past president of both the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association and the International Society of Barristers. He served from 2001 to 2005 as commissioner of the Judicial Compensation Commission and is a trustee of the Eleventh Circuit Historical Society.

Education

Scott graduated cum laude in 1978 from the Cumberland School of Law.

  • Cumberland School of Law
  • Samford University
  • University of Alabama

Notable Work

Most recently, Scott was appointed co-lead plaintiff counsel in the In re Syngenta AG MIR 162 Corn Litigation multi-district litigation (MDL 2591) by Judge John Lungstrum of the United States District Court for the District of Kansas. Scott and his three co-leads were the only lawyers authorized to control, prosecute, and settle the thousands of federal multi-district lawsuits filed against Syngenta. The class action lawsuits against Syngenta resulted in a verdict of nearly $218 million for the Kansas Corn Farmer Class.

He has also served as lead counsel in the historic case of Schafer v. Bayer Cropscience. Rice farmers throughout the country suffered devastating market losses as a result of the contamination of the United States’ rice supply by genetically modified organisms produced by Bayer Cropscience. The Schafer trial took place in Lonoke County, Arkansas for 11 rice-farming families. The jury returned a verdict in their favor for more than $48 million. The plaintiffs challenged the constitutionality of the punitive damages in that case and the trial court declared the punitive damage cap unconstitutional and the Supreme Court of Arkansas affirmed the judgment in its entirety. In addition to the Schafer representation, Scott served as lead counsel for the firm in representing more than 3,000 rice farmers throughout the rice belt and was one of the lead counsel negotiating an eventual settlement with Bayer Cropscience for those clients in the amount of $750,000,000.

In 2013, Scott was appointed to the plaintiff steering committee in re: Biomet M2a Magnum Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation (MDL 2391) by U.S. District Judge Robert L. Miller who is presiding over the national multi-district litigation pending in the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Indiana. His position on the PSC involves working alongside other lead counsel to develop discovery and trial procedure, review thousands of key documents, and pursue the best possible outcome for plaintiffs nationwide who have suffered injuries related to their defective Biomet M2A Metal-on-Metal hip implants.

Scott served as co-lead counsel in the oil royalty litigation in eastern Texas. At the time of its resolution, it was the highest recovery on behalf of the United States in the history of the False Claims Act.

Admitted

  • Alabama, 1978
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama
  • United States Court of Appeals 11th Circuit

Affiliations

Awards

Scott has received significant recognition from a wide range of legal organizations throughout his career. He has been named a fellow by four major legal organizations: The American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers, the American Bar Foundation, and the Alabama Bar Foundation. He has also been named to The Best Lawyers in America in three different practice areas. In 2009, Scott was named “Lawyer of the Year” by Taxpayers Against Fraud, and in 2013, was selected as “Alabama Litigator of the Year” by Benchmark Litigation.

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News

  • Co-Lead Counsel Announce Preliminary Global Settlement Framework on behalf of all American corn farmers

    Following the $217.7 million verdict on behalf of ... READ MORE

  • A GMO Company Pulled a Fast One on American Farmers - and Cost Them Billions

    The debate over GMOs – genetically-modified ... READ MORE

  • Jury Awards Nearly $218MM to Kansas Corn Producers In First Syngenta GMO Corn Class Action Lawsuit

    A Kansas jury sided with Kansas corn producers in ... READ MORE

  • Hare Wynn Attorneys Highly Ranked in 2016 Chambers USA Guide

    Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton, LLP is pleased to ... READ MORE

  • Hare Wynn Co-hosts the Kentucky Justice Association's 2016 Litigation Skills CLE

    Kentucky Managing Partner, Matt Minner, was ... READ MORE

  • Eleven Hare Wynn Attorneys Named in The Best Lawyers in America 2016

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  • Hare Wynn's Scott Powell Appointed Co-Lead Counsel in In re Syngenta MDL

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  • Hare Wynn Recognized at the National Law Journal's Plaintiff's Hot List Hall of Fame

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  • Hare Wynn Attorneys Selected for The Best Lawyers in America© 2014

    Eleven Hare Wynn attorneys have been selected by ... READ MORE

  • Samples Inducted Into American College of Trial Lawyers

    Hare Wynn Partner, Shay Samples , was recently ... READ MORE

  • Hare Wynn Courtroom Dedicated at Cumberland School of Law | Hare Wynn Newell & Newton

    February 18, 2013 – Hare Wynn’s partnership with ... READ MORE

  • Rice Farmers Receive Bayer Cropscience Payment

    More than 2,500 Hare Wynn rice farmer-clients are ... READ MORE

  • Cumberland School of Law Celebration

    Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton proudly salutes the ... READ MORE

  • Scott Powell: Litigator of the Year

    Scott Powell was recognized as 2011 Alabama ... READ MORE

  • Hare Wynn Leads Commercial Law Seminar in Arkansas

    Three Hare Wynn attorneys were presenters at the ... READ MORE

  • Hare Wynn Attorneys in Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ranking

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  • Scott Powell on the Rice Settlement

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  • Hare Wynn's 2011 Super Lawyers

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  • Hare Wynn's 2011 Super Lawyers

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  • Schafer Verdict Ranked in Top 100 Verdicts

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  • Seven Hare Wynn Lawyers Recognized By Their Peers

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  • Hare Wynn selected to represent the Commonwealth of Kentucky against pharmaceutical giant Merck.

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  • Hare Wynn Lawyers Named as Best Lawyers in America

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  • Update: Rice Trials in Lonoke County, Arkansas

    Hare Wynn’s legal team continues presentation of ... READ MORE

  • Opening Arguments in Suit Against Bayer in Lonoke Rice Trials

    March 24, 2010 – Scott Powell presented opening ... READ MORE

  • Arkansas Rice Farmers Win Third Case Against Bayer

    A jury in Woodruff County Circuit Court in ... READ MORE

Unparalleled Honors

  • ABA
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • AV Preeminent
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • Americas Top 100 Attorneys
  • American Association for Justice
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Multi-Million Advocates
  • American Judicature Society
  • Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Benchmark Litigation
  • Alabama Association for Justice
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • International Society of Barristers
  • Kentucky Justice Association
  • Lawdragon 2017
  • National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • National Law Journal Top 100 Verdicts
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • NBLSC Board Certified Lawyers
  • Phoenix Club of Birmingham
  • Plaintiffs Steering Committee
  • SuperLawyers
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Tennessee Trial Lawyers
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • Top Ranked USA Chambers
  • Arkansas Magazine - Very Best Award

Scott A. Powell Results

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  • $750,000,000 GMO Rice Contamination

    Hare Wynn represents more than 2,500 rice farmers in a historic $750 million settlement against Bayer Cropscience.More

  • $422,000,000 Whistleblower

    Hare Wynn attorneys Scott Powell and Don McKenna represent one of four whistleblowers who brought False Claims Act suits against Novartis Pharmaceuticals for ...More

  • $310,000,000 Corporate Fraud

    In 2016, a team of Hare Wynn lawyers, including Scott Powell, John Haley, Bruce McKee, Ralph Cook, Brian Vines, and Tempe Smith secured a $310 million dollar ...More

  • $218,000,000 Syngenta GMO Corn

    Scott Powell and three long-time colleagues are responsible for securing a $217.7 million dollar verdict on behalf of a class of more than 7,000 Kansas farmers. This ...More

  • $110,000,000 Qui Tam

    U.S. ex rel. Johnson v. Shell, resulting in the company’s agreement to pay $110 million to resolve claims that it underpaid royalties due for oil produced on federal ...More

  • $25,000,000 Consumer Protection

    A lawsuit filed by the Attorney General of The Commonwealth of Kentucky against Merck pursuant to the Kentucky Consumer Protection Act has been settled for $25 ...More

  • $16,700,000 Consumer Protection

    A lawsuit filed by the Attorney General of Montana against Merck & Co. as a result of its promotion of the blockbuster drug, Vioxx, has been settled for $16.7 ...More

  • $15,250,000 Consumer Protection

    Hare Wynn served as national counsel in a lawsuit on behalf of consumers involving the drug Vioxx that resulted in a $15,250,000 recovery.More

  • $1,032,643 GMO Rice Contamination

    The jury decided Bayer Cropscience must pay more than $1 million in compensatory and punitive damages for the losses sustained by Kyle due to the contamination of ...More

  • $48,000,000 GMO Rice Contamination

    A dozen Arkansas rice farmers have been awarded nearly $48 million in a jury verdict against German agricultural powerhouse Bayer CropScience. The trial took place ...More

Our Results

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  • $2,860,000,000 Securities Fraud

    Hare Wynn obtains a $2.86 billion judgment in compensatory damages against Richard M. Scrushy, the largest judgment against an individual in history in any American jurisdiction....More

  • $750,000,000 GMO Rice Contamination

    Hare Wynn represents more than 2,500 rice farmers in a historic $750 million settlement against Bayer Cropscience....More

  • $422,000,000 Whistleblower

    Hare Wynn attorneys Scott Powell and Don McKenna represent one of four whistleblowers who brought False Claims Act suits against Novartis Pharmaceuticals for off-label marketing of Trileptal and paying illegal kickbacks to doctors in ass...More

  • $310,000,000 Corporate Fraud

    In 2016, a team of Hare Wynn lawyers, including Scott Powell, John Haley, Bruce McKee, Ralph Cook, Brian Vines, and Tempe Smith secured a $310 million dollar settlement on behalf of a nationwide class of investors who had been defrauded...More

  • $218,000,000 Syngenta GMO Corn

    Scott Powell and three long-time colleagues are responsible for securing a $217.7 million dollar verdict on behalf of a class of more than 7,000 Kansas farmers. This trial was the first of a number of class actions trials against Syngent...More

  • $133,000,000 Securities Fraud

    This was a shareholder derivative suit on behalf of HealthSouth Corporation. It alleged that UBS Securities knew about Richard Scrushy’s accounting frauds at HealthSouth, yet helped Scrushy to continue to make acquisitions and to c...More

  • $110,000,000 Qui Tam

    U.S. ex rel. Johnson v. Shell, resulting in the company’s agreement to pay $110 million to resolve claims that it underpaid royalties due for oil produced on federal leases...More

  • $40,250,000 Wrongful Death

    Hare Wynn has obtained a $40.25 million jury verdict in Jefferson County, Alabama, in a case involving the death of Derric Rush, a Hoover resident killed on his way home from Wednesday night service at the church where he worked....More

  • $40,000,000 Whistleblower

    Healthways Inc. will pay $40 million to end a lawsuit alleging the company’s Diabetes Treatment Center of America received kickbacks for paying doctors to send their patients to hospitals that are the unit’s clients....More

  • $37,500,000 Death of a Police Officer

    Hare Wynn lawyers, Matt Minner and Jamie Moncus, obtained a large punitive damages verdict from a Madison County jury in a case involving the death of a Huntsville Police Officer. The family of slain Officer, Daniel Golden, bro...More

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