W. Scott Simpson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Alternative Dispute Resolution Attorney in Birmingham, AL

Simpson, Mcmahan, Glick & Burford, PLLC
 | 2700 Highway 280 South, Suite 203 W
Birmingham, AL 35223
Phone: 205-876-1600
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1993
Practice Areas:
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (10%),
  • Construction Litigation: Business (50%),
  • Civil Litigation: Defense (10%),
  • Business/Corporate (10%),
  • Business Litigation (10%),
  • Appellate (10%)
Attorney Profile

A co-founder of Simpson, McMahan, Glick & Burford, PLLC, W. Scott Simpson handles a variety of alternative dispute resolution matters for his clients in the Birmingham, Alabama, metropolitan area. A registered mediator at both the trial and appellate levels, he has conducted mediation sessions throughout the United States. Mr. Simpson is also on the American Arbitration Association's National Roster of Arbitrators and Mediators. He has authored a section on the relationship between arbitration and class actions in A Practitioner's Guide to Class Actions, Second Edition, published by the American Bar Association.

Mr. Simpson received a Bachelor of Arts with honors from the University of Florida in 1989. After taking postgraduate courses in business at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, he pursued his legal education at Samford University's Cumberland School of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor magna cum laude in 1993. While in law school, he was the research editor for the Cumberland Law Review and served on the school's Moot Court Board. Admitted to practice before all Alabama state courts, Mr. Simpson is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern and Middle Districts of Alabama and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 5th and 11th Circuits. He co-founded Simpson, McMahan, Glick & Burford, PLLC, in 2007 after serving as general counsel for a corporation.

Mr. Simpson has delivered numerous presentations to groups of fellow attorneys at continuing legal education seminars. He has taught a course on dispute resolution at his law school alma mater and led a course on international arbitration at the University of Cambridge in England. Mr. Simpson is a member of the Alabama State Bar Association.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Alternative Dispute Resolution (10%): Arbitration, Mediation

Construction Litigation (50%)

Civil Litigation (10%)

Business/Corporate (10%)

Business Litigation (10%)

Appellate (10%)

Focus Areas

Arbitration, Mediation


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Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2018

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About Scott Simpson

Admitted: 1993, Alabama

Professional Webpage: http://smgblawyers.com/w-scott-simpson/

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Real Estate Broker, Alabama Notary Public
  • Commercial Arbitrator for the American Arbitrator Association
  • Registered Arbitrator
  • Registered Appellate Mediator
  • Registered Mediator

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Established the SMGB Sports Scholarship in partnership with KultureCity. This fund will create sports-focused opportunities and experiences for autistic children. Read more: http://smgblawyers.com/news/community/, 2017

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • 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., 2008
  • W. Scott Simpson and Omer Kesikli, The Contours of Arbitration Discovery, 67 Ala. Law. 280 (2006)
  • 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 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)
  • Taught International Arbitration at Cambridge University, Cambridge England, July 2006. Scheduled to teach Alternative Dispute Resolution at Cambridge University, Cambridge England, July 2008
  • 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
  • Appellate Mediation, March 25, 2004, presented before the Appellate Courts of Brazil, San Paulo, Brazil
  • Steering Women into Sales: Benefiting from Gender Diversity and Best Practices for the Hiring, Retention, and Advancement of Women. Presented in July 2017 at the Women in Automotive conference in Orlando, Florida.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 “Keys to Successful Arbitration” Seminar for the Cumberland School of Law Continuing Legal Education Seminar in Birmingham, Alabama, October 26, 2007.
  • 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

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Ex parte Johnson, 2008 Ala. LEXIS 90, 993 So. 2d 875 (Ala. 2008)
  • Redman Home Builders Co. v. Lewis, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 79697, 513 F. Supp.2d 1299 (S.D. Ala. 2007)
  • Murphy v. Southern Energy Homes, Inc., 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 52111 (M.D. Ala. July 18, 2007)
  • Joseph v. MTS Investment Corp., 2006 Ala. LEXIS 335, 964 So. 2d 642 (Ala. 2006)
  • Wilson v. Style Crest Products, Inc., 2006 S.C. LEXIS 69, 627 S.E.2d 733 (S.C. 2006)
  • Johnson v. Southern Energy Homes, Inc., 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 28446, 391 F. Supp.2d 1118 (S.D. Ala. 2005)
  • Patriot Manufacturing Co. v. Jackson, 2005 Ala. LEXIS 207, 929 So. 2d 997 (Ala. 2005)
  • 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)
  • In re Healthsouth Corp. Ins. Litigation, 2004 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 4454, 308 F.Supp. 2d 1253 (N.D. Ala. 2004)
  • Ex parte Southern Energy Homes, Inc., 2003 Ala. LEXIS 206, 873 So. 2d 1116 (Ala. 2003)
  • 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)
  • Walton v. Rose Mobile Homes, L.L.C., 2002 U.S. App. LEXIS 15283, 298 F.3d 470 (5th Cir. 2002)
  • Ex parte Thicklin, 2002 Ala. LEXIS 11, 824 So. 2d 723 (Ala. 2002)
  • Parkerson v. Smith, 2002 Miss. LEXIS 91, 817 So. 2d 529 (Miss. 2002)
  • Southern Energy Homes Retail Corp. v. McCool, 2001 Ala. LEXIS 312, 814 So. 2d 845 (Ala. 2001)
  • Southern Energy Homes, Inc. v. Nalley, 2000 Ala. LEXIS 561, 777 So. 2d 99 (Ala. 2000)
  • Southern Energy Homes, Inc. v. Ard, 2000 Ala. LEXIS 218, 772 So. 2d 1131 (Ala. 2000)
  • Buckley v. Robertson, 1997 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 6686 (S.D. Ala. March 10, 1997)

Educational Background:

  • University of Florida, B.A., Honors: With Honors, Honors: Graduated 6th in class, 1989
  • University of Alabama, Birmingham Graduate School of Business, Post Graduate
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Office Location for W. Scott Simpson

2700 Highway 280 South
Suite 203 W
Birmingham, AL 35223

Phone: 205-876-1600


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Last Updated: 4/3/2018

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