Scott P. Yount
Scott P. Yount, a founding partner of the firm, and the managing partner of the firm’s Tampa office, is a graduate of Vanderbilt University (B.S., 1990) and Louisiana State University (J.D., 1993). He is a member of the Louisiana Bar (1993), the Texas Bar (1994), the Florida Bar (2006), the Hillsborough County Bar Association, the New Orleans Association of Defense Counsel, and the Defense Research Institute. He is admitted to practice law in all State and Federal Courts in the States of Florida and Louisiana, all State Courts in Texas, and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Courts of Appeals for the Eleventh and Fifth Circuits.
Scott practiced law in Louisiana for thirteen years before moving to Tampa, Florida, in 2006, following Hurricane Katrina. Since moving to Florida, Scott has focused his practice on construction, commercial, toxic tort, premises and products liability, restaurant liability, trucking liability and insurance defense litigation. He has represented a variety of insurers and their policyholders in cases involving personal injury and property damage under personal and commercial lines policies throughout Florida. He has defended first party insurance claims involving sinkholes, termite damage, fire losses and UM claims, and he has successfully represented policyholders in automobile, defamation/malicious prosecution, and general liability claims. He represents an excess public entity liability insurer throughout the State of Florida and is involved in cases involving high-profile civil rights violations, wrongful death cases, plant explosions and other high exposure cases.
Scott has served as lead counsel in trials in federal and state courts in Florida and Louisiana, including multiple-party toxic tort cases, and he has handled numerous appeals in Florida and Louisiana State and Federal courts. He has recently tried wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases to verdict on behalf of national restaurant franchisees, including obtaining a defense verdict in a case involving the wrongful death of a 21 year old. He served as trial counsel in MDL no. 07-md-1873, In re: FEMA Formaldehyde Trailer Products Liability Litigation, wherein he successfully defended a trailer manufacturer in a “bellwether” trial brought by a Hurricane Katrina evacuee claiming injuries due to formaldehyde exposure. He has successfully defended a publicly-traded national company in a trucking case filed in Orange County, Florida, in which the plaintiff, who was rendered a quadriplegic, claimed special damages in excess of $30 million. In Seminole County, Florida, he was involved in a two week jury trial in which he helped his client obtain a defense verdict in a multi-million dollar construction case arising out of the Orlando Sanford International Airport. In that case, Scott’s client was awarded its attorney’s fees and costs.
Scott has defended businesses and individuals in class-action litigation, and he has litigated complex health care claims both for and against health care insurers. Scott has defended several national restaurant franchisees in Dram Shop litigation involving wrongful death and catastrophic injuries, and he represents the world’s largest quick serve restaurant business and its franchisees in various types of cases including food borne illness, foreign object, slip and fall, and automobile accidents. Scott has successfully litigated several high-profile cases involving defamation and breach of contract, and he represents both plaintiffs and defendants in these areas of law. He has argued numerous cases before the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and has handled appeals at all levels in State Court in Florida and Louisiana. He has lectured in the fields of food borne illness, sinkhole litigation, automobile insurance and accident litigation, ERISA and FEHBA litigation.
Scott is active in the Tampa Bay community, serving as director and assistant coach of a nationally ranked youth travel basketball team, and volunteering time for charities.
- Robinson v. Universal Property & Cas. Ins. Co., 190 So. 3d 646 (Fla. 4th DCA 2016)
- State National Insurance Company v. Robert, 71 So. 3d 238, 2011 WL 4809139 (Fla. 4th DCA 2011)
- School Board of Seminole County v. Star Ins. Co., 2011 WL 1060964, No. 6:10-cv-1892-ORL-31, (M.D. Fla. 2011)
- Martin v. City of Daytona Beach, 59 So. 3d 128 (Fla. 5th DCA 2011)
- Davies v. Commercial Metals Co., 46 So. 3d 71 (Fla. 5th DCA 2010)
- Cooper v. Old Williamsburgh Candle Corp., 653 F. Supp. 2d 1220 (M.D. Fla. 2009)
- Cyprien v. Board of Sup’rs ex rel. University of Louisiana System, 5 So. 3d 862 (La. 2009)
- Martin v. City of Daytona Beach, 2009 WL 54956, No. 6:08-cv-1839-ORL-31 (M.D. Fla. 2009)
- Preston v. Tenet Healthsystem Memorial Medical Center, Inc., 485 F. 3d 804 (5th Cir. 2007)
- Scott v. Red River Waterway Com’n, 926 So. 2d 830 (La. App. 2nd Cir. 2006)
- Audubon Trace Condominium Ass’n, Inc. v. Brignac-Derbes, Inc., 924 So. 2d 1131 (La. App. 5th Cir. 2006)
- Landry v. Avondale Industries, Inc., 877 So. 2d 970 (La. 2004)
- Landry v. Avondale Industries, Inc., 864 So. 2d 117 (La. 2003)
- Audubon Trace Condominium Ass’n, Inc. v. Brignac-Derbes, Inc., 862 So. 2d 1571 (La. App. 5th Cir. 2003)
- Basha v. Mitsubishi Motor Credit of America, Inc., 336 F. 3d 451 (5th Cir. 2003)
- Reaux v. Deep South Equipment Co., 840 So. 2d 20 (La. App. 4th Cir. 2003)