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John M. Scott’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, general civil litigation and business matters.  He has represented various construction trades and material suppliers, telecommunications providers, wholesalers, retailers and various other commercial industries.  He believes in identifying the important legal and economic issues of every matter and tailoring an appropriate approach to narrow and resolve each issue in close consultation with his clients.  Where litigation through trial is appropriate, he believes in thorough preparation through focused motions, expert engagement and cost-appropriate discovery.  He has extensive state and federal court litigation experience in all aspects of the construction industry (including representation of owners, contractors, suppliers, borrowers and lenders), various telecommunications disputes and a wide range of business litigation.  Mr. Scott represents clients in collection disputes, defective or delayed construction work, condemnation actions, intellectual property and unfair competition claims, breach of contract cases, shareholder disputes and personal injury actions.  He has also represented both employers and former employees in connection with non-competition agreements, trade secret matters and litigation following the voluntary or involuntary termination of such relationships.  In short, Mr. Scott is willing and able to handle a very wide range of civil disputes that may be presented to him.

Mr. Scott earned his accounting degree from Baylor University in 1992, graduating with cum laude honors.  He worked as a certified public accountant with KPMG Peat Marwick and is an inactive CPA in Arkansas.  Mr. Scott received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law in 1997, graduating with highest honors.  While in law school he served as an associate editor on the Law Journal.  Following law school, he clerked for the Honorable G. Thomas Eisele, Senior United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas.

Mr. Scott has been an active leader in various legal organizations. Mr. Scott currently is Vice-President/President-elect for the William Putman Inns of Court. He recently served as the Chairman of the Construction Section of the Arkansas Bar Association, after a 5 year tenure on its governing board. He has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America publication for construction law since 2006 and is a member of the ABA Forum on Construction Law, having attended various national events. In 2008, he was selected to the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” list. He recently authored a chapter on construction contract claims in the Arkansas Construction Law Manual (2016 edition) and has lectured on various construction law topics, including materialman’s liens, construction law and alternative dispute resolution. Mr. Scott has volunteered his time speaking to classes and judging competitions at the University of Arkansas Law School. He volunteered his time as the Secretary of the Covington Park Property Owner’s Association, as a Board member of the Angel Kidney Fund and as a volunteer coach of various youth sports.

Publications

Supreme Court Invalidates Federal Gun-Free School Zones Act.  United States v. Lopez, 115 S. Ct. 1624 (1995), UALR Law Journal, Vol. 18:3

Honors & Leadership

Honors & Recognitions

Northwest Arkansas Business 40 Under 40 honoree, 2008

Listed in the Best Lawyers in America publication in Construction Law

Former officer Covington Park Property Owner's Association

Community & Professional

Vice Chairman, Governing Board of the Construction Law Section, Arkansas Bar Association

Barrister in the William Putman Inns of Court

Member of Construction Forum of American Bar Association

News

Clerkships

  • Law Clerk to the Honorable G. Thomas Eisele, Senior United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas, 1996-1998

Education

University of Arkansas, J.D., 1997, with highest honors

Baylor University, B.B.A., 1992, cum laude

Certified Public Accountant (inactive) - Arkansas, 1994

Admissions

  • Arkansas - 1997
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