Carter W. Scott

Carter W. Scott

Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley PA

Recognized since 2022

Tallahassee, Florida

Practice Areas

Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs

Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs

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CARTER W. SCOTT is licensed to practice in both Florida and Georgia and has been admitted pro hac vice to handle cases in various states throughout the country. He maintains a practice focused on wrongful death and serious injury cases resulting from brain injury, spinal cord injury, burns and catastrophic orthopedic injuries. He has represented clients in all types of complex litigation, with a focus on large personal injury lawsuits, including trucking collisions, products liability, medical negligence, cases involving policyholder insurance coverage matters, and related complex commercial disputes.

Having litigated and tried numerous cases to verdict in both federal and state courts, Mr. Scott has obtained substantial multi-million dollar recoveries for his clients. At the age of 28, he became one of the youngest attorneys in the United States admitted to both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Scott has been included in Best Lawyers®, a peer reviewed publication recognizing the top 5% of lawyers in the United States in private practice and has been named one of the Top 40 under 40 trial lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers, a professional organization comprised of America’s top trial attorneys. His recognition in the legal community has also earned him distinctions by Florida Super Lawyers as a Rising Star and as Florida Trend magazine’s Legal Elite Up & Comer.

Before joining Searcy Denney, Mr. Scott worked as a Certified Legal Intern in the Office of the State Attorney in the 2nd Judicial Circuit, where he tried numerous misdemeanor and felony cases to verdict. Born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina, he also served as a summer law clerk for a senior judge on the South Carolina Court of Appeals.

Mr. Scott earned his J.D. from the Florida State University College of Law, where he was selected as a member of the College of Law’s trial team and accepted a scholarship to study at St. Edmund Hall in Oxford, England. During his second year of law school, he was one of 12 graduate students appointed by the Governor to serve a year-long term as a Gubernatorial Fellow in the Executive Office of the Governor. For his commitment to pro bono work in law school, the College of Law recognized Mr. Scott with the Distinguished Pro Bono Services Award.

Mr. Scott earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in government from Dartmouth College. While at Dartmouth, he played middle linebacker on their NCAA Division I-AA Ivy League football team, served as a member of the college’s Honor Council (Committee on Standards), and served as an editor of the Dartmouth Law Journal.

Mr. Scott is actively involved as an Eagle member of the Florida Justice Association and currently serves on its Board of Directors, having also served as Past President for the Florida Justice Association, Young Lawyer Division. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Tallahassee Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section. He is a member of The Florida Bar, The Georgia Bar, The Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice, the Capital City Justice Association, and the Dartmouth Lawyers Association.

Contact & Links
  • The Towle House
    517 North Calhoun Street
    Tallahassee, FL 32301-1231
  • Florida State University, Juris Doctor, graduated 2014
  • Dartmouth College, Bachelor of Arts, graduated 2011
Bar Admissions
  • Florida, 2014
  • Georgia, 2019
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum - Member
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum - Member
  • American Association for Justice - Member
  • Capital City Justice Association - Member
  • Dartmouth Lawyers Association - Member
  • Florida Bar Association - Member
  • Florida Justice Association - Board of Directors & Eagle member
  • Georgia Bar Association - Member
  • Georgia Trial Lawyer Association - Member
  • National Trial Lawyers Association - Member
  • Tallahassee Bar Association - Member
Court Admissions
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • Florida
  • Georgia

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
  • Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs
  • Best Lawyers in America 2021 - present
  • Florida Super Lawyers - ‘Rising Star” 2016- present
  • Florida Trend’s - Legal Elite “Up & Comer”
  • The National Trial Lawyers “Top 40 Under 40” 2018 - present
  • Top 40 Jury Verdicts - Florida 2019
  • Book Award - Upper Level Writing
  • Dartmouth Law Journal
  • Dartmouth's Honor Council, "The Committee on Standards"
  • Florida Gubernatorial Fellow, Class VIII
  • FSU College of Law - Trial Team
  • Phi Delta Phi
  • Student Bar Association
  • The Fellows Society
  • Varsity Football
Additional Areas of Practice:
  • Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs


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