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Paul R. Scott

Paul Scott is a life-long resident of DeSoto County, Mississippi. He received his B.A. degree in 1978 and his J.D. degree in 1981 from the University of Mississippi. He began his law practice in 1981 in Hernando, Mississippi. In 1983 he was employed to serve as outside counsel for the Mississippi State Highway Commission (now the Mississippi Transportation Commission) in a number of eminent domain cases in north Mississippi. As a result, Paul had the opportunity early in his career to try numerous eminent domain cases to verdict and, in the process, improve his knowledge of eminent domain law and the real estate valuation process.

Paul now puts his eminent domain trial skills and expertise to work representing property owners whose property is being taken or damaged by the government. He has successfully represented property owners across Mississippi in cases involving acquisitions for road and highway construction, airport expansions, natural gas transmission pipelines, power line construction and other uses. Paul is the only lawyer in Mississippi who is a member of Owner’s Counsel of America, a national association of the leading eminent domain attorneys across the country.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Owner's Counsel of America.  He is a frequent speaker at national eminent domain seminars, having made presentations in Miami, Florida, San Francisco, California and Scottsdale, Arizona.  Paul is also listed in Best Lawyers in America in the field of Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law.

In addition to his eminent domain practice, Paul is actively engaged in litigation of personal injury and wrongful death cases on behalf of injured victims and the families of wrongful death victims.  He is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association, the American Association for Justice and the American Bar Association. He is a life member and Past-President (1999-2000) of the Mississippi Association for Justice.  He is a Fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation and currently serves on the Bar Foundation's IOLTA Grants Committee.

Paul and his wife, Susan, are active members of Getwell Road United Methodist Church in Southaven, Mississippi.  He currently serves on the boards of directors of the DeSoto Arts Council, the Historic DeSoto Museum, Kudzu Playhouse and the DeSoto County Ole Miss Rebel Club.

E-mail: pscott@smithphillips.com

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