John A. Scully

John A. Scully

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Dallas, TX

Cooper & Scully, P.C.
 | 900 Jackson Street, Dallas, TX 75202
Phone: 214-712-9503
Fax: 214-712-9540
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1983
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (40%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Defense (40%),
  • Civil Litigation: Defense (20%)
    Attorney Profile

    John is a founding shareholder of Cooper & Scully. A highly skilled and experienced trial lawyer, John's hallmark is his dedication to client satisfaction.

    John has been selected to Texas Super Lawyers® list of the Top 100 Lawyers in Texas in 2018. He has been elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), and has been selected to D Magazine’s Best Lawyers in Dallas (2015-2018). John is AV Preeminent Peer Review rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been featured in the Texas Super Lawyers® list by Thomson Reuters Legal from 2003-2018.

    According to Chambers USA - America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2009-2010, John is "'sharp-witted with a great track record nationwide.'" Chambers further found that "clients hail him as 'an amazing litigator' whose courtroom skill manifests itself as 'brilliance at work.' 'Extremely keen-minded and creative.'" Chambers also found that John is "an outstanding practitioner whom you can rely on to achieve good results, even in the trickiest of cases. Praised as 'a clued-up guy who is always able to assess a situation and choose the best way to resolve matters."

    John is Board Certified in both Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. In addition, John is licensed in Texas, Montana, and Oklahoma, and is Board Certified by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys.

    John is routinely retained to try high-dollar exposure cases in the areas of business litigation, catastrophic injury and wrongful death and professional liability. His professional liability practice includes representation of hospitals and other health care providers, attorneys, law firms and other professionals. John has served as national trial counsel on birth and catastrophic injury litigation for numerous hospital systems and insurance carriers, and as national coordinating counsel for one of the nation’s largest health care organizations.

    Over the past 35 years, John has developed a diverse civil trial practice involving an array of industries, including health care, insurance, real estate, construction, oil and gas, financial and pharmaceuticals. He has represented a variety of clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to governmental entities in complex commercial litigation, personal injury lawsuits, class actions, administrative proceedings and investigations.

    John and his wife, Karen, have three children.  While John has always been a sports fanatic, his support of his children's activities led to his passionate involvement in coaching youth sports. John served as head football coach of the Parish Episcopal 7th/8th grade team for many years, and has served as assistant football coach of the school's high school team since 2009. John also served on Parish's Board of Trustees and served as Chair of the Board of Visitors for his undergraduate alma mater DePauw University.

    Certificates and Credentials

    About John Scully

    Admitted: 1983, Texas

    Professional Webpage:


    • Selected to Top 100 Attorneys in Dallas/Fort Worth by Super Lawyers Magazine - 2018
    • Selected to Top 100 Attorneys in Texas by Super Lawyers Magazine - 2018
    • Slected to Texas Super Lawyers list by Thomson Reuters for 2003-2018
    • Selected for Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2008 and 2009
    • AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell (the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards) consistently since 1989
    • D Magazine's Best Lawyers in Dallas 2015-2018 - Tort Product and Medical Liability Litigation

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Board Certified, American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys  
    • Board Certified in Civil Trial Law,Texas Board of Legal Specialization
    • Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • American Board of Trial Advocates (“ABOTA”)
    • American Bar Association - Tort and Insurance Practice Section and Litigation Section
    • State Bar of Texas - Litigation Section and Health Law Section
    • Dallas Bar Association - Business Litigation Section
    • International Association of Defense Counsel
    • Fifth Circuit Bar Association; Life Fellow, Dallas Bar Association
    • Life Fellow, Dallas Bar Association
    • Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Assistant Football Coach - Parish Episcopal School High School team - 2009 - present
    • Trustee, Board of Trustees - Parish Episcopal School - May, 2009 - 2018
    • Head Football Coach - Parish Episcopal School 7th/8th grade team - August, 2009 - November 2016
    • Basketball Coach - Parish Episcopal School - several 7th & 8th grade teams - October, 2005 - 2012
    • Chairman of Board of Directors, Epilepsy Foundation of Texas - January, 2008 - present
    • President, Epilepsy Foundation of Texas-Dallas/Ft. Worth - January, 2008 - present;
    • Chairman of Board of Visitors, DePauw University - September, 2012 - 2015

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Speaker, “Trends and Developments in Defending Medical Negligence Litigation,” May 2017, Chicago, IL
    • Speaker, "Preparing and Presenting Your Witnesses: A Focus on Medical Experts and Depositions," American Conference Institute's 13th Annual Advanced Forum on Obstetric Malpractice Claims, June 2014, Philadelphia, PA
    • Speaker, "How to Pick the Right Jury for Your Case,"  21st Annual Construction Law Symposium, sponsored by Cooper & Scully, P.C., January, 2014, Dallas, Texas
    • Speaker, "The New Age of Professional Service Advertising: Tweeting, Blogging, and Other Social Media Tools," Professional Liability Series 7th Annual E&O Insurance ExecuSummit, June 2013, Hartford, Connecticut
    • Speaker, "Trying the Coverage/Bad Faith Case to the Generation X and Y Jury,"  20th Annual Insurance Law Symposium, sponsored by Cooper & Scully, P.C., April, 2013, Dallas, Texas
    • Speaker, "Keeping it Interesting for the Jury,"  8th Annual Construction Law Symposium, sponsored by Cooper & Scully, P.C., January, 2013, Dallas, Texas
    • Speaker, Boston University School of Medicine’s 25th Annual Conference on Obstetrics, Gynecology, Perinatal Medicine, Neonatology & The Law, and 9th Annual Conference Multi-Specialty Conference on Medical Negligence & Risk Management in Medicine, Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Radiology, Psychiatry and Family Medicine, January 2009, Panama City, Panama
    • Speaker, Boston University School of Medicine’s 23rd Annual Conference on Obstetrics, Gynecology, Perinatal Medicine, Neonatology & The Law, and 7th Annual Conference on Medical Negligence & Risk Management in Medicine, Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Radiology & Neurosurgery, January 2007, Riviera Maya, Mexico
    • Speaker, “Medicolegal Pearls for Practicing Obstetricians,” American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians & Gynecologists’ 2009 Fall Conference, October 2009, Fort Worth, Texas
    • Speaker, “Structured Settlements,” The State Bar of Texas’ Evaluating, Negotiating, Proving, and Collecting Damages and Attorneys’ Fees, January 2009, Dallas, TX
    • Speaker, “The Birth Injury Case,” Defense Research Institute’s Medical Liability Seminar, March 2006, Phoenix, Arizona
    • Speaker, “Experts and Evidence,” The University of Texas School of Law’s Suing and Defending Managed Health Care Providers, Dallas, Texas
    • Speaker, “Defending the Managed Care Case,” The Advanced Forum on Complex Medical Malpractice Claims, New York, New York

    Educational Background:

    •   J.D., Southern Methodist University School of Law, 1982; B.A., DePauw University, 1979

    Industry Groups

    • Financial
    • Health Care
    • Insurance
    • Pharmaceutical
    • Real Estate
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    Office Location for John A. Scully

    900 Jackson Street
    Dallas, TX 75202

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