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Paul Michael Scott

Personal injury Attorney at Brunswick, GA

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Paul Scott is a Brunswick-based lawyer whose practice is devoted exclusively to civil litigation in such areas as catastrophic personal injury, trucking accidents, products liability (defective goods and products), breach of warranty, general civil litigation, employment law, and business disputes. Paul represents plaintiffs and defendants. In addition to representing individuals and small businesses, Paul has represented some of the world's most-recognized companies, including a Fortune 50 corporation and an internationally-known fashion designer. Paul has also defended Georgia judges, sheriffs, and counties in civil lawsuits.

Paul has received the Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating. According to Martindale-Hubbell’s website, “AV Preeminent is a significant rating accomplishment – a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.” Paul was also named as a Super Lawyer Rising Star, an honor given to no more than 2.5% of lawyers in the State of Georgia.

REPRESENTATIVE WORK


Professional negligence. Represented clients in health-care cases, such as medical malpractice claims, and obtained favorable settlements. The names of clients and defendants are not disclosed to protect the privacy of our clients, and in some instances, due to confidentiality agreements.

Trucking accidents. Paul has extensive experience with trucking and tractor-trailer accidents. Paul is experienced in responding the same day (24 hours a day, seven days a week) to any accident, with services that include interviewing witnesses, the police and/or driver, collecting and preserving evidence, timely investigating the accident, locating witnesses, securing witness statements and surveillance videos, and coordinating any necessary testing. Paul is experienced in coordinating experts in the field of accident reconstruction, commercial vehicle mechanics, conspicuity, and electronic control module (ECM) download.

Commercial law. Representing the plaintiff in this case, the defendants failed to file a timely answer and a $1.6 million default judgment was entered. The Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the default judgment, holding that the judgment was not void because the interest rate was allegedly usurious. HRB, LLC v. Alexander, 440 Fed. Appx. 781 (11th Cir. 2011)

ERISA and non-ERISA compensation plans. Represented client in competing claims over correct beneficiary of severalERISA andnon-ERISA deferred compensation plans. The client recovered over $2.5 million of the $3.1 million dollars at stake.

Professional negligence / destruction of evidence. Represented patient of a medical provider who sustained life-changing injuries as a result of the provider's negligence. After hiring a forensic document examiner and proving that the medical provider altered the patient's medical records, the case settled for the provider's policy limits of insurance.

A case of first impression under the False Claims Act with national media coverage. Represented a whistleblower in a False Claims Act action against a hospital and a medical doctor claiming that certain endovascular services provided to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries by a physician constituted false claims because the services were worthless. The United States Department of Justice intervened and the hospital subsequently settled for $840,000. The case received significant press coverage in the local media (newspapers and television), national media (Forbes online and Yahoo! news), and also in legal trade publications. Both Health Lawyers Weekly and Credentialing & Peer Review Legal Insider noted that this case was a case of first impression. U.S. ex rel. Rogers v. Azmat, et al., (United States District Court, S.D. Ga.).

A case of first impression involving appellate practice and the RICO Act. The plaintiff sued several employees of the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) and two testing companies, claiming that all of the defendants violated the RICO Act and that the testing companies committed state-law torts. The district court dismissed the RICO claims, holding that a RICO plaintiff had to allege that it relied on a false statement to state a wire or mail fraud claim, and the plaintiff had not alleged first-party reliance. The case proceeded to trial against one of the testing companies, who was represented by a different law firm. Before the entry of the final judgment, however, the United States Supreme Court issued an opinion holding that a RICO plaintiff does not have to allege that it relied on a false statement to state a wire or mail fraud claim. Appealing the dismissal of the RICO claims, the plaintiff argued that the Supreme Court’s opinion resuscitated its RICO claims. Faced with this change in the law, Special Assistant Attorney General Todd Carter and Paul on brief argued that the plaintiff waived its right to rely on this new decision because the plaintiff failed to bring the change in the law to the district court's attention before the entry of final judgment. Notably, BRBCSW's clients, the GDOT employees, were the only parties to make this argument in this appeal. In a case of first impression, the Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit agreed with BRBCSW's clients, holding that when there is a relevant change in the law before entry of final judgment, a party generally must notify the district court; if the party fails to do so, it waives arguments on appeal that are based on that change in the law. As a result, all of the RICO claims were dismissed. Douglas Asphalt Co. v. QORE, Inc., 657 F.3d 1146 (11th Cir. 2011)

Maritime law. Represented several defendants in a maritime action where the plaintiff sustained burns to over 90% of his body. The plaintiff sought to recover over $3.2 million in medical bills, over $450,000 for future medical care, and pain and suffering damages. Through an extremely aggressive defense, the plaintiff agreed to dismiss the case against BRBCSW's clients in exchange for $25,000, representing 0.68% of the plaintiff’s past medical bills. Muhs v. River Rats, Inc., 586 F. 1364 (S.D.Ga. 2008)

First Amendment. Represented county sheriff. The plaintiff, a tow-truck operator, actively campaigned for the sheriff’s opponent during the campaign for the sheriff's office, and the sheriff removed the plaintiff from the wrecker-rotation list one week after the sheriff defeated his opponent. Notably, plaintiff’s counsel represented a tow-truck operator in a similar case and prevailed in the United States Supreme Court. O'Hare Truck Serv. v. City of Northlake, 518 U.S. 712 (1996). Granting summary judgment for the sheriff, the district court found that the sheriff provided an acceptable basis for removing the tow-truck operator from the rotation list. Smithey v. McDuffie, 2010 U.S.Dist. LEXIS 144291 (S.D. Ga. 2010). As a result, the case was dismissed against the sheriff.

Fourth Amendment. In this case, law enforcement officers suspected that the plaintiffs were hosting an underage-drinking party, and the officers entered the plaintiffs’ home to arrest the occupants. One of the plaintiffs was charged with underage possession of alcohol and the other plaintiff was charged with furnishing alcohol to a minor, maintaining a disorderly house, and obstructing an officer. The trial court found that the officers’ entry into the home was unconstitutional under the Fourth Amendment and the Georgia Court of Appeals affirmed. State v. Ealum, 283 Ga. App. 799 (2007). With the criminal charges dismissed, the plaintiffs sued the officers in a civil lawsuit seeking to recover money damages for the officers’ unconstitutional entry and arrests. BRBCSW defended the civil lawsuit. BRBCSW moved for summary judgment and the district court dismissed all of the claims against the officers. As a result, even though the Georgia Court of Appeals found that the officers violated the plaintiffs' rights under the Fourth Amendment, BRBCSW's defense of the officers in the civil case resulted in the federal court dismissing all of the plainitffs' civil claims and the officers not paying any money to the plaintiffs. Ealum v. Wilcox, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 144287 (M.D. Ga. 2010)

Products liability /Lemon Law / Regulatory Compliance. Defended manufacturers of automobiles, motorcycles, and recreational vehicles in various claims such as products liability, unfair business practices, express warranty, lemon law, revocation, implied warranty, deceptive trade, failure of essential purpose, andMagnuson-Moss. Represented automobile manufacture in numerous lemon-lawarbitrations before the Georgia Governor's Office of Consumer Affairs. Paul also advises an international automobile manufacture regarding certain disclosures that the State of Georgia imposes on manufactures in connection with the sale of a new motor vehicle.

Licensed for 18 years
State GA
Status Active Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2004
Updated 02/03/2023

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Brown, Readdick, Bumgartner, Carter, Strickland & Watkins, L.L.P.
5 Glynn Avenue
Brunswick, GA, 31521

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Posted by Alan | January 8, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
Paul Scott will talk to you like a real person. I was dealing with another lawyer that talked down to me, wouldn’t return calls, and I felt like I was unimportant. Paul took my case, worked hard and efficiently, and listened! I hope to never need a lawyer, but if I do I will hire Paul first. His slogan should be “one call to Paul, that’s all”.
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Posted by Windy | February 24, 2015
Paul Scott helped us through one of the most difficult times of our lives
Our son had an accident after his first week of driving on his own. The person he pulled out in front of was injured and both vehicles were damaged beyond repair. We were suddenly served legal documents and were being sued. Mr. Scott was the attorney for our insurance company. We had never been involved in an accident or a lawsuit and didn't know what to expect. His legal expertise and knowledge resulted in the plaintiff settling for what our insurance covered. Maybe even more impressive was the kindness and encouragement that was shown to our son through this whole process by Paul Scott.
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Posted by Shantell | January 9, 2015
Go To Guy
Although I haven't had or needed much experience when it came to lawyers, Paul Scott definitely rose to the occasion and exceeded his duties. He was very professional but also a very down to earth guy that you felt very comfortable and trusted him completely. His hard work definitely paid off and my family and I are extremely grateful and blessed to have had him on our team. If u want honesty, courage, responsibilty, and someone who believes in you and will fight to get you the best possible outcome Paul Scott is your man. Thank you Paul Scott for being there and never giving up. Truly dedicated to helping others.
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Posted by Monterious | January 8, 2015
Great!
He was really helpful in dealing with my case. He kept me updated whenever something changed and new information came up. He also worked diligently to get my case resolved and I was very satisfied with the results.
Posted by Betty | January 8, 2015
Wages Recovery
Attorney Scott was amazing in recovering our unpaid wages from JT BAY. We failed after many tries and much advice. I would recommend him and his firm without any reservations!
Posted by Alan | December 2, 2013
Fantastic Lawyer
I had a serious issue, that got drug around by another lawyer that cost me a lot of money. Things were not going the direction they needed to go, and there was no progress. I asked around, and upon recommendation from other attorney friends, Paul was recommended to me. He met with me, was complete, listened, and worked on my case to a successful outcome, in 3 months where it took 2 years for the other attorney to get no where. Paul found things in my case that current law supported, and crafted an excellent case. I thought I was doomed before I met Paul and his firm. Thanks for your tenacity, and insight, and willingness to take on my case. I hope to never need a lawyer again, but if so I will use Paul Scott.
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AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Brown, Readdick, Bumgartner, Carter, Strickland & Watkins, LLP
  • 2004 - Present

Legal Cases

  • Twist v. King
  • $2,500,000 judgment for personal injury client
  • Pellitteri v. Prine
  • Ruling in favor of client
  • Harper v. Davis
  • Dismissal for clients
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Associations

  • Public Risk Management Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member1
  • 2015 - Present
  • St. Mark's Episcopal Church
  • Vestry
  • 2012 - Present
  • Hello Goodbuy
  • Board of Directors
  • 2010 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Glynn County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Invitee: Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers - Georgia
  • 2017 - 2017
  • Henry Upson Sims Moot Court Board;
  • Member
  • 2003 - 2004
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • 9.6 Superb
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Scholar of Merit
  • Law School
  • 2004
  • Best brief
  • Justice Janie Shores Moot Court Competition
  • 2004
  • Oral argument - Third place
  • Justice Janie Shores Moot Court Competition
  • 2004
  • Semi-Finalist
  • Client Counseling Competition
  • 2004
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Publications

  • Seminar held by The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center
  • Legal Issues for Small Businesses
  • 2009
  • Seminar held by The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center
  • Legal Issues for Small Businesses
  • 2007

Speaking Engagements

  • Georgia Lemon Law
  • Breach of warranty and Lemon Law
  • 2015
  • Legal issues for businesses
  • Business law
  • 2009
  • Legal issues for businesses
  • Business law
  • 2007

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (12)
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Unknown Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul Scott built his career by protecting the rights of wrongfully injured men and women. He works hard to give his clients the results he deserves. He is a steadfast lawyer who stands out among his peers in the community. I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Paul Scott is a great guy, and exceptional attorney. I would trust him to handle any matter in his geographical area for me, and would encourage anyone who has a matter, and is considering using Paul to go and meet with him, and see firsthand why he is a trustworthy and zealous advocate who anyone would be lucky to have in their corner."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Paul Scott is a knowledgable and experienced attorney. I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer."
Civil rights Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Paul is one of the few attorneys in SE Georgia who can coordinate a complex case in federal court. His work ethic and raw talent were always second to none, and he just keeps getting better. Truly, Paul is a gifted litigator. You don't have to go to Atlanta or Savannah to get ethical, aggressive, and effective representation!"
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Brunswick Personal injury Lawyer Paul Michael Scott
Paul Michael Scott
Personal injury Attorney
Brunswick, GA
Licensed for 18 years