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Scott Donaldson, Mediator, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Scott Donaldson

Hon. Scott Donaldson
2200 Jack Warner Parkway
Suite 200
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Tel: (205) 469-1169
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Recognized to Alabama Chapter for Mediation Other ADR Services: ADR Training/CME, Discovery Referee, Early Neutral Evaluation, Fact Finding
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  • Practice Commenced2021
  • # of MEDS (as of 5/6/23)50
  • # of ARBS (as of 5/6/23) 
Current Practice
Online / In-Person


Scott Donaldson has the experience and skills necessary to be an effective mediator, arbitrator, and private judge.  Scott had an extensive jury and non-jury trial and appellate practice from 1984 until he was appointed as a Circuit Judge of the Sixth Judicial Circuit in Alabama in 2003. He served in that position as a general jurisdiction trial judge until he was appointed as a Judge on the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals in 2013, where he served until his retirement in 2021. Scott has participated as trial counsel or as a judge in hundreds of non-jury trials and in over 160 jury trials, authored over 900 appellate opinions, and voted on over 5,000 appeals.  He has extensive experience in all aspects of litigation involving commercial, consumer, construction, domestic relations, tort, contract, health care, government, administrative, family, real property, and estate claims and disputes.  Scott was appointed by the Supreme Court of Alabama as the Chief Judge of the Alabama Court of the Judiciary.
Scott is a registered mediator, arbitrator, and private judge with the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution (  He is a primary instructor for a domestic relations/civil mediator training course approved by the Alabama Supreme Court Dispute Resolution Commission and co-developed the course ( He has additional training in the mediation of matters involving domestic violence and is certified to mediate such matters under the Alabama Mandatory Mediation Act Ala. Code §6-6-20(f). Scott has a particular interest in the role of negotiation in conflict resolution and has completed two courses at the Harvard Program on Negotiation ( He is a Panelist for the American Arbitration Association ( 

Scott is also the instructor for the Courtroom Evidence Continuing Legal Education course, a practical evidence and trial skills course for lawyers of all experience levels, focusing on understanding and applying the most common evidence rules and evidentiary principles applicable to jury and bench trials of all types (including civil, criminal, domestic relations, juvenile, and probate).  He has taught a trial skills course at an ABA accredited law school each semester since 2006. Scott is a faculty member of the National Judicial College ( and has taught many multi-day courses to hundreds of trial judges across the country. He has also taught courses for 11 state judicial associations, the ABA Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice Section, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the United States Patent Trial and Appeal Board, the Alabama Circuit/District Judges Associations, and Probate Judges Association.

Case Experience

  • Appellate
  • Arts (Fine/Performing)
  • Automotive
  • Banking & Finance
  • Bankruptcy/Creditors
  • Business Dissolution
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial/Business
  • Community Associations
  • Condominiums
  • Construction
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Contract Disputes
  • Debt Collections
  • Divorce (High Asset)
  • Education
  • Elder Abuse
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment
  • Energy Sector (Oil/Gas)
  • Engineering
  • Environmental
  • Family Businesses
  • Franchise
  • Health Care
  • Industrial
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor/Unions
  • Land Use/Planning
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Lemon Law
  • Libel & Slander
  • Local Govt./Municipalities
  • Media & Communications
  • Medical Devices
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Mining
  • Mortgage Foreclosure
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Nursing Homes
  • Partnerships
  • Pensions
  • Personal Injury
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Police
  • Postal
  • Premises Liability
  • Probate
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Public Policy
  • Railroad & Trucking
  • Real Estate
  • Religious Institutions
  • Securities
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Software
  • Sports
  • Taxation
  • Technology
  • Telecommunications
  • Title Disputes
  • Torts
  • Trademarks/Patents
  • Transportation
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Unfair Competition
  • Wage & Hour/FMLA
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Wrongful Death


  • J.D. cum laude (top 10%) and member of Curia Honoris honor society Cumberland School of Law 1984
  • B.S. in Commerce & Business Administration, University of Alabama 1981

Memberships & Affiliations

  • President, James Horton Inn of Court (Birmingham, Alabama)
  • Fellow, Alabama Law Foundation (Member, Board of Directors & Secretary
  • Graduate, Leadership Alabama
  • Commissioner from Alabama, National Uniform Law Commission ( 2011-2019)
  • Member, Drafting Committee to Revise or Amend the Uniform Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Act (2014-2017)
  • Elected to Alabama State Bar Commission (governing body of State Bar, 1998-judicial appointment in 2003)
  • Elected by State Bar Commission to the Disciplinary Commission (four person commission overseeing attorney discipline) after serving on a Disciplinary Board (five member trial panel for attorney discipline) until judicial appointment in 2003
  • Current or former member of numerous other judicial and legal committees including but not limited to:
  • Rules of Appellate Procedure
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Criminal Pattern Jury Instructions
  • Circuit Judges Association Executive committees
  • Vice-chair of legislatively created Business and Complex Litigation Study Committee
  • Chair of Alabama Judicial Article Study Committee
  • Past President of the city-wide PTA council and other PTAs within a public school system
  • Chaired a Zoning Board of Adjustment for one city and served on Planning and Zoning Commission for another city
  • Board service on numerous charitable organizations
  • Frequent speaker at civic clubs statewide on law related topics

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