Scott is an active trial lawyer, with over 100 cases tried to verdict in both state and federal courts.  Scott is a member of our Commercial Litigation Practice Group, focusing on Insurance Bad Faith, Professional Liability, Municipal & School Liability and Construction Litigation.

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Associations

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 1995
  • U.S. District Courts
    • North Carolina: Eastern, Western, Middle, Northern
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 4th Circuit

Distinctions

  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Commercial Litigation, 2013- 2020
    • Insurance Law, 2012-2020
    • Litigation – Insurance, 2020
    • Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants, 2013-2020
    • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, 2013-2020
  • Fellow, American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel (ACCEC)
  • Business North Carolina, Legal Elite, 2007-2009, 2011-2012

Education & Honors

  • Wake Forest University, J.D., 1995
    • Moot Court Board, Best Oralist
  • University of North Carolina, B.A., History, 1992
    • Morehead Scholar

Experience

  • Mr. Lewis has extensive experience managing and serving as trial counsel for a broad range of complex civil litigation, including extra-contractual litigation, business and commercial litigation, construction litigation, products liability, long term care and skilled nursing facility, professional malpractice, maritime and admiralty, community association law, and trucking and transportation cases
  • Representative Matters:
  • Defended a school system in a case asserting a retaliation claim pursuant to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and claims for alleged violations of her rights to equal protection and due process under the Fourteenth Amendment.  Court granted Defendants’ motion to dismiss on all causes of action.  Harmon v. Cumberland County Schools, (May 2016).
  • Defended wrongful death case involving a football player who collapsed at practice.  Plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed the case following the depositions of the plaintiffs.  Raines v. Cumberland County Schools, Cumberland County Superior Court, North Carolina (2016).
  • An insured entered into a limited and durable power of attorney allowing a body shop to pursue an action against an insurance company in his name in lieu of having to pay remaining amounts owed for repairs to his vehicle.  The body shop filed suit against the insurer in the insured’s name alleging breach of contract, bad faith, and unfair and deceptive trade practices.  The court granted summary judgment in favor of the Defendant.  Potts v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, Catawba County Superior Court (November 2015).
  • Defended a race discrimination case against a private school, principal, and assistant principal resulting in the jury being  9 to 3 in favor of the defendants.  Robinson v. FCS, Cumberland County Superior Court, North Carolina (September 2015).
  • Obtained summary judgment on a case against a property owner alleging violations of the Fair Housing Act, constructive eviction, and unfair and deceptive trade practices.  Plaintiff then appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, which affirmed the federal court’s decision.  Barbara Armstrong v. Yopp Properties, LLC, United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, (July 2015).
  • Successfully argued a motion to dismiss Plaintiff’s claims against an insurance company for breach of contract for failure to provide insurance, bad faith, and unfair and deceptive trade practices.  Lavel Bailey v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, Wake County Superior Court, (May 2015).
  • Obtained jury verdict for insurer in a breach of contract case related to hail damage to numerous townhomes.  Prior to trial, obtained summary judgment on the allegations for unfair and deceptive trade practices and bad faith.  Prosperity Village Townhome Association, Inc. v. State Farm Fire & Casualty Company, United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina (November 2014).
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Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Presenter, ACI Insurance Coverage and Extra-Contractual Disputes seminar, Philadelphia, PA, Fall 2016.
  • Presenter, “30(b) Testimony – Preparing Corporate Witnesses for Deposition and Trial,” ACI Extra-Contractual & Bad Faith Liability seminar, New York City, June 2016.
  • Presenter, “Trial of a Bad Faith Case: Practical Tips from Both Sides on Opening and Closing Statements, Preparing and Examining Witnesses, Use of Expert Witnesses, Preserving Affirmative Defenses, and More,” ACI’s 32nd Installment Bad Faith Claims & Litigation conference, Miami, Florida, November 2015.