Scott E. Nutter
Partner Since 2006
Kansas City, Missouri
Since joining the firm in May of 2001, Scott has played a key role in some of the firm’s largest and most successful jury verdicts. Scott was co-counsel with Lynn Johnson in Frederick v. Swift, a semi-truck accident case where the jury returned a verdict of $23.5 Million in favor of our clients. It is believed to be the largest personal injury verdict in Kansas history.
Scott was also co-counsel with former partner Steve Six in Pronald v. Firestone, a case involving a Firestone tire tread separation that ended in an $8.3 Million verdict for our client. It is believed to be the second largest personal injury verdict in the history of conservative Johnson County, Kansas.
Although he has handled more than a dozen cases resulting in verdicts or settlements in excess of $1 Million, Scott brings the same level of personal attention and commitment to all his cases, big or small. He recently received a jury verdict of $200,000 in a Jackson County, Missouri motorcycle accident case, Pfromm v. Keillor, where the defendant insurance company’s highest settlement offer was only $63,000.
Scott has enjoyed his greatest success in semi-truck accident cases. In addition to Frederick v. Swift, Scott received multi-million dollar settlements for his clients in Dunlap v. Rampley and Fowler v. McDonald Trucking, along with a successful settlement in the challenging case of Naeve v. UPS. Scott also has a history of success in automotive product liability cases. Along with Pronald v. Firestone, Scott has successfully handled cases against Ford, Chrysler, General Motors, Mazda and Mitsubishi, among others.
Scott received his law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1999, where he graduated cum laude, served as Managing Editor of the Missouri Law Review and was inducted into the Order of the Coif and the Order of the Barristers. While in law school, Scott received the highest grade in six different courses, including contracts, constitutional law and federal courts. Active in his law school’s mock trial program, Scott competed in regional moot court and negotiation competitions and received the Roscoe Anderson Award for excellence in moot court as well as the Judge L.F. Cottey Award for his outstanding performance in oral and written advocacy.
Scott received his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, in 1996, also from the University of Missouri-Columbia. In 1995, he was one of only five juniors at the university to be inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Following law school, Scott served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable D. Brook Bartlett, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri.
Scott was raised in southeast Iowa before attending high school near the small northeast Missouri town of Kahoka. Even though he is based in Kansas City, Scott has handled a number of cases near Kahoka and the surrounding area and takes great pride in helping people of his hometown community. He is a die-hard fan and supporter of the University of Missouri Tigers. He met and eventually married his college sweetheart, Susie, while at MU. Scott and Susie are the proud parents of twins, Lilly and Luke, and welcomed Samuel in 2009.
Areas of Practice
- Product Liability
- Medical Negligence
- Automotive and Trucking Accident Litigation
- Premises Liability
- General Tort Law
- University of Missouri Columbia School of Law, Columbia, Missouri – 1999
- Honors: cum laude
- Honors: Order of the Coif
- Honors: Order of the Barristers
- Honors: Mock Trial Program, Regional Moot Court
- Honors: Roscoe Anderson Award for Excellence in Moot Court
- Honors: Judge LF Cottey Awards, Outstanding Performance in Oral and Written Advocacy
- Law Review: Missouri Law Review, Managing Editor
- University of Missouri-Columbia – 1996
- Honors: summa cum laude
- Honors: Phi Beta Kappa (1995)
Professional Associations and Memberships
- American Association for Justice, Member
- Missouri Association for Justice, Member
- Kansas Association for Justice, Member
- Kansas and Missouri Bar Associations, Member
- Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Member
- Johnson County Bar Association, Member
Past Employment Positions
Hon. D. Brook Bartlett, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, Judicial Law Clerk
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