R. Scott  WilliamsScott Williams focuses his practice on bankruptcy, reorganization and creditors' rights and commercial litigation.  He represents creditors and debtors in complex bankruptcy matters and has substantial experience in handling complex commercial litigation cases. In addition, Scott’s experience extends to litigation and transactional work in a number of areas including:  automotive, energy, healthcare and  manufacturing sectors.

Scott is active in the Bankruptcy Bar on both local and national levels.  He was a contributing editor to Collier on Bankruptcy, and co-authored Bankruptcy Litigation Manual: What Civil Litigators Need to Know. (American Bankruptcy Institute, 2007).  In 2007, Scott became the first practicing attorney from Alabama to serve on the Board of Directors of the American Bankruptcy Institute ("ABI") and is currently a member of the Executive Committee.  He also currently serves as Co-Chair of the ABI Litigation Skills Symposium and is a frequent lecturer and author on bankruptcy and commercial law topics.

Prior to entering private practice, Scott served as counsel within several administrative units within the U.S. Government.  He served as Counsel to U.S. SenatorHowell T. Heflin on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Courts and Administrative Practice (1988-1992), and then served as Legislative Liaison to the Federal Courts Study Committee (1989-1990).  Scott played a significant role in drafting the United States Bankruptcy Code Amendments enacted in 1995, while serving as Counsel to Senator Heflin. 

  • Education

    University of Alabama School of Law - J.D., 1988
    • Student Works Editor, Journal of the Legal Profession, 1987-1988
    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign - B.A., 1985
  • Honors

    • AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
    • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers, Bankruptcy:Business, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Bar Admissions

    • Alabama (1988)
  • Court Admissions

    • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
    • U.S. District Courts of Alabama (Northern, Middle, Southern)
  • Professional & Civic Activities

    • Alabama Bar Association
    • American Bar Association
    • Birmingham Bar Association
      • Past President, Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section
      • Past Member, Executive Committee
    • American Bankruptcy Institute
      • Vice President, Membership, 2013
      • Executive Committee, 2013
      • Board of Directors, 2007
      • Past Board Member, ABI Southeast Regional Conference
      • Co-Chair, Litigation Skills Symposium
  • Articles & Presentations

    • "Top Tips to Resurface After a Bankruptcy," Business Alabama, April 18, 2019
    • "Navigating Uncertain Times: How retailers can outlast a bankruptcy," Chain Store Age Magazine, April 2019
    • "A Fork in the Road, What Happens When Things Don’t Go Right: Considerations for Bankruptcy Protection," Energy & Mining International, Volume 17, Issue 1, January 24, 2019
    • Moderator, “Auctions: Law, Tips and the Cutting Edge," 34th Annual Meeting of the Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors, June 2018
    • "How to Successfully Litigate a Relief-from-Stay-Motion," American Bankruptcy Institute 36th Annual Spring Meeting, April 20, 2018
    • "Art of Persuasions: Trial Techniques to Win Your Case", 12th Annual American Bankruptcy Institute/SMU Litigation Skills Symposium, 2013
    • "Evidence Demonstration: Using Experts at Trial," Alexander L. Paskay Seminar on Bankruptcy Law & Practice, Stetson Law School, 2011
    • Collier on Bankruptcy (15th Ed. Rev.), Chapters 501 and 502 (2005); Contributing Editor
    • "Art of Persuations: Trial Techniques to Win Your Case", 8th Annual American Bankruptcy Institute/Tulane University Law School Litigation Skills Symposium, 2009
    • "When Things Go Bad: An Overview of Bankruptcy", Alabama Society of CPAs, 32nd Annual Sandestin Continuing Professional Education Conference, 2008
    • Bankruptcy Litigation Manual: What Civil Litigators Need to Know (American Bankruptcy Institute, 2007) (Co-Author)
    • "Bankruptcy Litigation for Non-Bankruptcy Lawyers", Birmingham Bar Association, 2008
    • "Mock Presentation with an Evidentiary Focus on Privileges: Lawyer/Client, Fifth Amendment, Waiver, Trade Secrets, Financial Privacy, Turnover, & Alternatives", American Bankruptcy Institute Annual Spring Meeting, 2005
    • "Proposed Exemptions in Alabama" Cumberland School of Law Annual Bankruptcy Seminar, 2003
    • "Nuts and Bolts of Effective Bankruptcy Trial Practice" American Bankruptcy Institute Annual Spring Meeting, 2003
  • Community Involvement

    • Trinity United Methodist
    • Homewood (AL) City School Board, Past President
    • Youth Sports Coach


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