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Scott Roberts

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Workers' Compensation Attorney in Birmingham, AL

Burgess Roberts LLC
3618 Clairmont Ave
Birmingham, AL 35222
Phone: 205-795-3527
Fax: 205-870-8688
Email: Scott Roberts
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2010, 2021 - 2022
Licensed in Alabama Since: 1990
Practice Areas: Workers' Compensation: Employer/Insurance, Transportation/Maritime, Personal Injury - General: Defense
Attorney Profile

Scott Roberts is a co-founder and managing partner at Burgess Roberts LLC in Birmingham, Alabama.

For over 30 years, Mr. Roberts has represented a broad cross-section of individuals, insurance carriers, and businesses primarily in tort, workers' compensation, and transportation litigation throughout the State of Alabama.  He is an experienced trial attorney who has successfully tried many jury and non-jury cases.  Mr. Roberts has also been the lead attorney in many published appellate decisions.

Mr. Roberts frequently provides practical, reasoned advice and counsel to claims representatives, in-house lawyers, and business professionals on best practices and strategies to solve challenging legal issues with a view toward minimizing or preventing legal difficulties.  If litigation cannot be avoided, Mr. Roberts provides experienced, aggressive advocacy.

Mr. Roberts is a regular speaker at seminars, conferences, and on broadcast media discussing the latest legal developments and trends for proactive risk management to identify and eliminate legal liabilities before they occur.

Mr. Roberts earned his undergraduate degree in 1987 from Auburn University and his law degree in 1990 from The University of Alabama School of Law.

Honored for his exceptional client service and outstanding professionalism, Mr. Roberts has held the prestigious “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell for over 20 years.  He has been selected for inclusion in Alabama Super Lawyers and the 2021 edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers.  Mr. Roberts has also maintained many other top rankings such as Best’s Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys, the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, and B-Metro’s Top Attorneys

 

 

About Scott Roberts

First Admitted: 1990, Alabama

Professional Webpage: http://burgessroberts.com/our-attorneys/scott-m-roberts/

Newsletters

  • Quarterly newsletter to claims professionals, HR Managers and Employers discussing recent chages in the law by the Alabama Appellate Courts, trends in claims investigation and handling, and important issues on the horizon that will impact the future of workers' compensation claims., Alabama Workers' Compensation Case Law Update

Other Outstanding Achievements

Special Licenses/Certifications

Educational Background

  • Auburn University; BA,, 1987
  • University of Alabama School of law; JD, 1990

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Ethical Issues in Claims Investigations, including timely investigation of work-related injuries, and obligation to pay indemnity and medical benefits in compensable claims      , Speaker, Ethical Issues in Claims Investigations, Employment, Workers' Compensation, 2017
  • Discussed driver shortages resulting in trucking companies hiring less experienced drivers and increase in litigation for negligent hiring, training, and supervision claims arising out of motor vehicle accidents., Guest, The Shortage of Qualified Drivers and the Rise of Negligent Hiring, Training and Entrustment Lawsuits Against Trucking Companies , SiriusXM Road Dog Trucking Radio’s Insurance Round Table , Transportation, 2022
  • Discussed rise in multi-million dollar jury awards against trucking companies and truckers in motor vehicle accident litigation., Guest, Nuclear Verdicts in Transportation Litigation , SiriusXM Road Dog Trucking Radio’s Insurance Round Table , Transportation, 2019
  • Discussion of issues with state and federal laws on tort reform and the potential impact on the transportation industry, Guest, Tort Reform and the Transportation Industry, SiriusXM Road Dog Trucking Radio’s Insurance Round Table , Transportation, 2019
  • The rise and lawsuits against trucking companies caused by third-party financing of plaintiff's litigation fees and costs, Guest, The Correlation Between Litigation Funding Companies and the Increase in Transportation Litigation , SiriusXM Road Dog Trucking Radio’s Insurance Round Table , Transportation, 2018
  • In-depth discussion of Alabama's recent legalization of medical marijuana and the statute's affect on workers’ compensation claims, Speaker, Alabama's Legalization of Medical Marijuana, Employment, Workers' Compensation, 2021
  • Discussed status of Alabama legislature's consideration of legalizing medical marijuana and different ways realization will affect Alabama workers’ compensation claims, Speaker , Weed in the Worplace, Employment, Workers' Compensation, 2020
  • Discussed best practices and recommended different types of investigations to evaluate legitimacy of injured worker's alleged permanent disabilities and restrictions, Speaker, Social Media Investigation in Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation Claims, Employment, Workers' Compensation, 2019
  • Recommended best practices for investigating on the job injury claims and claims professional's legal obligation to timely pay medical and indemnity benefits in claims deemed compensable., Speaker, The Tort of Outrage in Workers’ Compensation Claim Handling in Alabama, Employment, Workers Compensation, 2018
  • Presentation included complications and potential for permanent disabilities when older workers suffer traumatic brain injuries and claims professionals obligation to provide indemnity and medical benefits in compensable claims., Speaker, Traumatic Brain Injuries and the Older Worker, Employment, Workers' Compensation, 2017
  • Spoke at annual seminar for adjusters and employers about the potential impact of legalized medical marijuana in on-the-job injury claims, Speaker, The impact of marijuana in workers’ compensation, Alabama Workers' Compensation Association, Employment, Workers' Compensation, 2019
  • Spoke at annual seminar for adjusters and employers on the impact of medical marijuana in the workplace, Speaker, Medical marijuana in the workplace, Alabama Workers' Compensation Association, Workers' Compensation, 2018

Honors/Awards

  • Voted by peers as a top attorney in Birmingham, B Metro Top Attorneys, Birmingham Metro Magazine, 2018
  • , Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Martindale-Hubell, 2021
  • , Best’s Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys , AM Best, 2021
  • , “AV” rating , Martindale-Hubbell , 2022
  • Top Rated Workers' Compensation Attorney in Birmingham, Alabama, Mid-South Super Lawyers, 2021
  •   Nominated by peers as a top attorney in Birmingham.  , B Metro Top Attorneys, Birmingham Metro Magazine, 2020
  • Nominated by peers as a top attorney in Birmingham. , B Metro Top Attorneys, Birmingham Metro Magazine, 2017
  • Nominated by peers as a top attorney in Birmingham, B Metro Top Attorneys, Birmingham Metro Magazine, 2019
  • Nominated by peers as a top attorney in Birmingham, B Metro Top Attorneys, Birmingham Metro Magazine, 2021

Verdicts/Settlements

  • Favorable settlement of $315,000 for trucking company and driver in MVA case with over $1million in potential liability, 2020
  • Obtained summary judgment for supervisory employee accused of willful conduct and failure to repair safety devices allegedly causing significant permanent injuries and damages to a coworker, 2022
  • Favorable settlement for transportation company and driver in a high exposure personal injury case arising out of a rear-end motor vehicle accident, 2021
  • Obtained early dismissal of lawsuit against premises owner accused of negligent and wanton conduct for the alleged failure to safeguard guests and employees from physical and sexual assaults by third-party trespassers, 2021
  • Favorable settlement in wrongful death lawsuit against adult daycare accused of negligently and wantonly failing to supervise program participants, 2020
  • Obtained summary judgment for auto parts manufacturer in lawsuit claiming retaliatory discharge seeking substantial compensatory and punitive damages, 2020
  • Obtained early dismissal of lawsuit on the merits for international automotive technology company accused of negligent and wanton conduct that allegedly caused catastrophic physical injuries and mental anguish, 2020
  • Defense verdict for employer in workers’ compensation lawsuit brought by an employee’s family for wrongful death allegedly related to job duties, 2019
  • Defense verdict for transportation company and driver in wrongful death lawsuit, 2018
  • Settlement favorable to client in a high exposure tractor-trailer accident case, 2020

Videos

  • Discussed state and federal status of legalized marijuana and its impact in on-the-job injuries and workers’ compensation litigation, THC, CBD and the Alabama Law, Employment, Workers' Compensation, 2021

Representative Clients

  • Great West Casualty Company, Cincinnati Insurance Company, Employers Insurance Group, AIG Insurance, Liberty Mutual, Meadowbrook Insurance Group, Carolina Casualty Insurance Company, Gallagher Bassett Services, Inc.,  Sedgwick, Magna International, Michaels Stores, CVS, Inc., Temp Force, Starbucks Coffee Company, Addus Healthcare, APi Group CCMSI, Drury Hotels, US Auto Logistics, CorVel Corp, FirstGroup America, Friedkin Companies, Koch Foods, Healthcare Workers' Compensation Fund, Dairy Farmers of America, Burlington Coat Factory, LBrands, ESIS, PrideStaff, Steel Technologies, and Quality Staffing., 2022

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Alabama State Bar; Birmingham Bar Association (including Workers’ Compensation Section); Tennessee Bar Association; American Bar Association (including Workers’ Compensation Law and Commercial Transportation Litigation subcommittees), 2022

Industry Groups

  • and Appellate
  • Automotive
  • Construction
  • Corporate
  • Distribution
  • Employment And Labor
  • Food & Beverage
  • Health Care
  • Industrial
  • Insurance
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail & Hospitality
  • Transportation
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Office Location for Scott Roberts

3618 Clairmont Ave
Birmingham, AL 35222

Last Updated: 6/21/2022

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