Trials &

Appeals

As a former circuit court judge and Presiding Judge of the Sixth Judicial Circuit, attorney Scott Donaldson conducted hundreds of bench trials and presided over approximately 150 jury trials. He has also taught evidence and other trial skills courses for numerous organizations, including the National Judicial College and many state judicial associations. He has also served as a judge on the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals. All of these experiences allow him to offer a unique perspective to consulting attorneys on trials and appeals.

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Trials

As a former circuit court judge and Presiding Judge of the Sixth Judicial Circuit, attorney Scott Donaldson conducted hundreds of bench trials and presided over approximately 150 jury trials.

 

He has also taught evidence and trial skills courses for numerous organizations, including the National Judicial College and numerous state judicial associations, allowing him to offer a unique perspective to consulting attorneys on trial strategy, preparation, voir dire, evidentiary issues, and other critical strategic trial elements.

Few attorneys have witnessed more trials than attorney Scott Donaldson. Fewer have served as judges on that many trials. Even fewer have also served in an appellate judge capacity, and fewer still have taught other judges the tools of their trade.  

Appeals

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Attorney Scott Donaldson served eight years as a judge on the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals and frequently as a justice for the Alabama Supreme Court when requested by the Chief Justice. He is also the principal author of over 950 appellate opinions. This unique experience allows him to provide meaningful assistance to consulting attorneys.

Attorney Scott Donaldson has participated in voting on over 5,000 appellate cases in areas including business, commercial, consumer, construction, tort and contract, health care, government, administrative, family, real property, and estate claims and disputes. Many of the 950 appellate opinions he's authored have also been published in the Southern Reporter 3rd series. 

 

In addition to his experience on the bench, attorney Scott Donaldson has 20 years of extensive and diverse litigation and appellate practice experience.