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 the 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.


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.


  • 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



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. In 2019, he was once again given this prestigious distinction with recognition for his work as a general commercial and product liability attorney.

People throughout Alabama also know Scott Powell as an attorney with multiple Super Lawyers® selections. He has been named to the Mid-South Super Lawyers® listing each year from 2008 to 2018.

  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • “Lawyer of the Year” by Taxpayers Against Fraud (2009)
  • “Alabama Litigator of the Year” by Benchmark Litigation (2013)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers® (2008 - 2018)
  • B-Metro Top Flight Attorney (2019)


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  • American Society of Legal Advocates
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  • Americas Top 100 Attorneys
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  • American Association for Justice
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  • American College of Trial Lawyers
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  • US News Best Law Firms 2019
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  • Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association
    Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association

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  • Benchmark Litigation
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  • Alabama Association for Justice
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  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
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  • International Society of Barristers
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  • Lawdragon 2017
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  • National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys
    National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys

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  • National Law Journal Top 100 Verdicts
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  • National Trial Lawyers
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    National Featured Verdict

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  • Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year 2019
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Our Results

  • $2,860,000,000 Securities Fraud

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  • $750,000,000 GMO Rice Contamination

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  • $422,000,000 Whistleblower

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  • $410,000,000 Qui Tam

    U.S. ex rel. Johnson v. Shell, resulting in the company’s agreement to pay $410 million to resolve claims that it underpaid royalties due for oil produced on federal leases...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 was the first of a number of 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

  • $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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