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W. Scott Donaldson

Mediator | Arbitrator | Trials & Appeals

Scott Donaldson has the experience and skills necessary to be an effective mediator, arbitrator, trial and appellate counsel, and private judge.

Scott had an extensive jury and non-jury trial and appellate practice from 1984 until he was appointed as a Circuit Judge of the Sixth Judicial Circuit in Alabama in 2003. He served in that position as a general jurisdiction trial judge until he was appointed as a Judge on the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals in 2013, where he served until his retirement in 2021. 

Scott has participated as trial counsel or as a judge in hundreds of non-jury trials and in over 160 jury trials. He has extensive experience in issues including, but not limited to, commercial, consumer, construction, domestic relations, tort and contract, health care, government, administrative, family, real property, and estate claims and disputes.  

Scott is a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (

Scott is the instructor for the Courtroom Evidence Continuing Legal Education course. This is a practical evidence and trial skills course for lawyers of all experience levels, focusing on understanding and applying the most common evidence rules and evidentiary principles applicable to jury and bench trials of all types (including civil, criminal, domestic relations, juvenile, and probate). For more information on this course, visit