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PAUL R. SCOTT

Paul Scott is a life-long resident of DeSoto County, Mississippi, and began his law practice in Hernando in 1981. Paul’s practice is concentrated on representing property owners in eminent domain cases. He has successfully represented property owners in cases involving acquisitions for road and highway construction, airport expansions, natural gas transmission pipelines, power line construction and other uses in across the State of Mississippi.

In addition to his eminent domain practice, Paul is actively engaged in litigation of personal injury and wrongful death and truck accident cases on behalf of injured victims and the families of wrongful death victims.

Paul is married to Susan Averett Scott. The Scotts are active members of Getwell Road United Methodist Church. Paul currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the DeSoto Arts Council. He has previously served on the boards of several local organizations, including the Historic DeSoto Museum and Kudzu Playhouse.

COMMUNITY AND PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Owners’ Counsel of America
  • Miss. Association for Justice
    (Past-President & Life Member)
  • Mississippi Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • Mississippi Bar Foundation, Fellow

PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS:

  • The Double-Edged Sword of Project Influence, ALI-ABA Eminent Domain and Land Valuation, San Francisco, California, 2004
  • Principals of Just Compensation in Eminent Domain Cases, The Mississippi Bar/Miss. Trial Lawyers Association, Summer School for Lawyers, Sandestin, Florida, 2004
  • Case Planning and Discovery Issues, ALI-ABA Condemnation 101 How to Prepare and Present an Eminent Domain Case, San Francisco, California, 2008, Miami Florida, 2009
  • Case Themes in Eminent Domain: How to Give the Judge and the Jury the Big Picture in a Condemnation Case,
  • ALI-ABA Condemnation 101 How to Prepare and Present an Eminent Domain Case, Scottsdale, Arizona, 2010
  • Representing the Condemnee and Winning from the Start: Overview and Suggestions for a Case Plan,
  • ALI-ABA Condemnation 101: Making the Complex Simple in Eminent Domain, Miami, Florida, 2011
  • What should a Lawyer look for when Reviewing an Appraisal in Eminent Domain, ALI-ABA Condemnation 101: Winning the High Ground with Fundamentals of Eminent Domain Valuation and Trial Practice, San Diego, California, 2012
  • Land Valuation Problems for the Landowner, ALI-CLE Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation, Miami Beach, Florida, 2013

PRACTICE AREAS

EDUCATION

  • University of Mississippi (B.A. 1979)
  • University of Mississippi (J.D. 1981)

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Mississippi
  • U.S. District Courts of Mississippi
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

HONORS & DISTINCTIONS

  • Best Lawyers in America
  • AV Pre-eminent Rating