W. Scott Welch  III - Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

W. Scott Welch III

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1995
Phone: 601-351-2440

Scotty Welch is a Senior Counsel in the Firm's Jackson office. He is a civil trial and appellate lawyer with current emphasis on commercial disputes, lawyers' professional liability and disciplinary actions (including service as an expert witness), financial services litigation, and insurance coverage issues, along with personal injury and product liability litigation, and first-party insurance disputes. Scotty also serves as a civil Mediator.  He has experience in the trial and appeals of catastrophic bodily injury and death cases; industrial, agricultural and aviation product liability cases; and complex commercial and insurance litigation of all types. Mr. Welch appears as counsel in more than 130 reported decisions of the Mississippi Supreme Court, Mississippi Court of Appeals, United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit and the United States Districts Courts in Mississippi. 

Mr. Welch is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and of Litigation Counsel of America. He is a Past National President of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and a Past President of The Mississippi Bar. He served as Mississippi's State Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates (2001 – 2006), Member of the Board of Governors (2006 – 2009) and Member of the House of Delegates (1993 –2009). Mr. Welch was Board of Governors' Liaison to the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) and to Standing Committees on Judicial Independence, Lawyer Professional Liability, Medical Professional Liability and Membership. He currently serves as State Chair of The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation.

Sewanee, The University of the SouthBA 1961University of Mississippi School of LawLL.B 1964
American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL)Litigation Counsel of AmericaAmerican Bar FoundationThe Mississippi BarIADC (Int'l Assn. of Defense Counsel) Trial Attorneys of America (TAA)Miss. Defense Lawyer Assn. Harbor House of Jackson, Inc.DRI (Defense Research Institute)

Case History

Recent Representative Transactions
  • Counsel for gaming companies in various litigated commercial matters. 
  • Counsel for insurance company in putative class actions related to cancer policies.
  • Counsel for attorneys in professional liability and disciplinary matters.
  • Counsel for financial institutions in various litigated matters, including consumer litigation and fraud matters.
  • Counsel for a major insurance company in Hurricane Katrina coverage cases filed by the Attorney General of Mississippi and the former Scruggs' Katrina Group.
  • Counsel for a major insurance company in Hurricane Katrina coverage and wind pool putative class actions, successfully opposing class certification in all.
  • Counsel for leading issuer of annuity policies in multiple suits challenging suitability of the product.
  • Appellate counsel in a variety of litigated matters tried by others.
  • Counsel for various Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in product liability matters involving recreational vehicles, general aviation aircraft, trucks and industrial equipment.
  • Counsel for trucking companies and others in various serious bodily injury and wrongful death cases.
Representative Appellate & Other Reported Cases
  • Isle of Capri Casino, Inc. v. Silver Land, Inc., 2013 WL3186052, (Miss. App. June 25, 2013)
  • Denbury Onshore, LLC v. Precision Welding, Inc., 98So.3d 449, (Miss., 2012)
  • Foradori v. Harris, 523 F.3d 477, (5th Cir.(Miss.), 2008)
  • Tuepker v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co., 507 F.3d 346, (5thCir.(Miss.), 2007)
  • Thomas v. Thompson, 2011 WL 2295074, (N.D.Miss., 2011)
  • Lawyers Title Ins. Corp. v. Prestige Title, Inc., 2009 WL 2032406, (S.D.Miss., 2009)
  • Association Cas. Ins. Co. v. Allstate Ins. Co., 2008 WL 2954977, (S.D.Miss., 2008)
  • Association Cas. Ins. Co. v. Allstate Ins. Co., 245 F.R.D. 245, (S.D.Miss., 2007)
  • Association Cas. Ins. Co. v. Allstate Ins. Co., 507 F.Supp.2d 610, (S.D.Miss., 2007)
  • Woullard v. State Farm Fire and Cas. Co., 2007 WL1140661, (S.D.Miss., 2007)
  • Harris v. International Truck And Engine Corp., 912 So.2d1101, (Miss.App., 2005)
  • Sanderson Farms Inc. v. Ballard, 917 So.2d 783, (Miss., 2005)
  • Austin v. Will-Burt Co., 361 F.3d 862, (5th Cir.(Miss.), 2004)
  • American Bankers Ins. Co. of Florida v. Booth, 830 So.2d1205, (Miss., 2002)
  • American Bankers' Ins. Co. of Fla. v. Wells, 819 So.2d1196, (Miss., 2001)

Client Comments

"Scotty is an excellent litigator. I would recommend him to anyone who has litigation in Mississippi."

"Scott is a true professional. We have received excellent guidance and legal expertise on the insurance defense matters he has represented us on. "

-William Heeb
Technical Claims Manager
American Western Home Insurance

Office Location

One Eastover Center, Suite 400
100 Vision Drive
Jackson, MS 39211
United States


Lawyer of the Year Awards

2015 Lawyer of the Year in Transportation Law of the Jackson-MS Metro Area2014 Lawyer of the Year in Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants of the Jackson-MS Metro Area2011 Lawyer of the Year in Personal Injury Litigation of the Jackson-MS Metro Area
W. Scott Welch III has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!W. Scott Welch III has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!W. Scott Welch III has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2011!

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Transportation Law

Other Information

Gender: Male