Paul R. Scott
Paul R. Scott has practiced law in Hernando, Mississippi, since 1981, where he is a partner in Smith, Phillips, Mitchell, Scott & Nowak, LLP. The primary focus of his practice is the representation of property owners in eminent domain litigation. He has successfully represented property owners in various Mississippi venues in cases involving acquisitions for road and highway construction, airport expansion, construction of electric and natural gas transmission lines and other uses.
Significant Eminent Domain and Property Rights Representations and Reported Decisions
- Obtained a jury verdict of $2,300,000, for a DeSoto County developer originally offered $197,775 for a partial taking of its property for construction of a segment of Interstate Highway 69.
- Obtained jury verdict of $1,214,133 for a Madison County property owner for a partial taking of its property for road construction.
- Obtained a jury verdict of $1,136,745, for a Harrison County property owner originally offered $416,700 for a partial taking of her property for construction of a new Bay St. Louis bridge following Hurricane Katrina.
- Obtained a jury verdict of $783,040, on behalf of a Tunica County farmer who was originally offered $220,000 for the taking of his property for expansion of an airport.
- Obtained a jury verdict of $644,000, on behalf of Bay St. Louis property owners whose bay front property was acquired by the State of Mississippi for the development of a municipal harbor following Hurricane Katrina. In this inverse condemnation trial, the State argued that it owned the property needed for the redevelopment project, whereas, the family contended that its ownership extended from the road to the water’s edge.
- Achieved a settlement of $250,000, on behalf of Tate County property owners who were originally offered $21,600, for the taking of their property for highway project.
- American Law Institute: Condemnation 101, “Tips and Traps for the Beginning Eminent Domain Trial Lawyer,” New Orleans, LA, January 2014.
- American Law Institute: Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation, “Dealing with Valuation Problems for the Landowner before the Trial and in the Courtroom,” Miami Beach, FL, January 2013.
- American Law Institute: Condemnation 101, “Rules Regarding Severance Damages in Partial Taking Cases (Parent Tract, Special and General Benefits, and Scope of the Project),” Miami Beach, FL, January 2013.
- American Law Institute: Condemnation 101, “How to Attack or Defend Comparable Sales,” Miami Beach, FL, January 2013.
- American Law Institute-American Bar Association: Condemnation 101, “What Should a Lawyer Look for When Reviewing an Appraisal in Eminent Domain?,” San Diego, CA, January 2012.
- American Law Institute-American Bar Association: Condemnation 101, “Practical Advice on Working with Experts (Appraisers and other Predicate Witnesses to Value),” San Diego, CA, January 2012.
- American Law Institute-American Bar Association: Condemnation 101: “Representing the Condemnee and Winning from the Start: Overview and Suggestions for a Case Plan,” Coral Gables, FL, February 2011.
- American Law Institute-American Bar Association: Condemnation 101: How to Prepare and Present an Eminent Domain Case, “Case Themes in Eminent Domain: How to Give the Judge and the Jury the Big Picture in a Condemnation Case,” Scottsdale, Arizona, February 2010.
- American Law Institute-American Bar Association: Condemnation 101: How to Prepare and Present an Eminent Domain Case, “Case Planning and Discovery Issues,” Miami, Florida, 2009.
Bar Admissions and Memberships
- Mississippi, 1981
- U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi
- Life Member, Past President, Mississippi Association for Justice
- Fellow, Mississsippi Bar Foundation
- Member, American Association for Justice
- Member, Lamar Order, University of Miss. Law School
- Board of Directors, DeSoto Arts Council, 2010-2016
- Board of Directors, Kudzu Playhouse, 2006-2010
- Board of Directors, Historic DeSoto Foundation, 2006-2010