Dale A. Scott
Partner
Dale Scott was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2002 and the Texas Bar in 2003, and is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Middle, Northern, and Southern Districts of Florida; the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; and the United States Supreme Court. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Economics) from the University of Florida in 1999, and his Juris Doctor from the Florida State University College of Law in 2002. While attending law school, he was a member of the school’s National Trial Advocacy Team, and attended its Summer Program in Law at Oxford University. He is the co-author of “Arrgh! Hollywood Targets Internet Piracy (2004),” published in the University of Richmond School of Law’s Journal of Law & Technology.

OVERVIEW & EXPERIENCE

Mr. Scott’s practice is focused on the representation of governmental officers and entities in state and federal court. His specific areas of practice include land use, environmental, civil rights, public record, and Sunshine Law litigation. He has also represented several individuals in personal injury, civil rights, and products liability cases in Florida, Georgia, and California. While his practice primarily involves representation during trial court proceedings, he has argued several matters before various Florida District Courts of Appeal, as well as the United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal.

EDUCATION

  • Florida State University, J.D., 2002
  • University of Florida, B.S., Business Administration, Economics, 1999

PRACTICE AREAS

  • Land use
  • Public entity
  • Civil rights
  • Public records
  • Sunshine law
  • Personal injury
  • Products liability

ADMITTED TO PRACTICE

  • Florida
  • Texas
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT

  • Defense Research Institute
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association

REPRESENTATIVE CASES

  • Represented county against due process, declaratory relief, equal protection, temporary taking, inverse condemnation, and certiorari claims by developer of planned $7,000,000 waterfront restaurant and motel; case voluntarily dismissed without a settlement after motion to dismiss second amended complaint granted.  Decker, George v. Citrus Cty., No. 15-24 (M.D. Fla., filed 2015).
  • Represented city against false arrest claim related to late-night arrest outside of a bar; summary judgment for city granted; affirmed on appeal.  Whelan, Stephan v. City of Treasure Island, No. 12-14838 (Fla. 6th Cir. Ct., Pinellas, filed 2012), aff. 205 So. 3d 603 (Fla. 2d DCA Nov. 16, 2016).
  • Represented county against inverse condemnation, promissory note, and negligence claims by bank and 39 property owners related to development of a residential subdivision; summary judgment granted for county as to all claims; affirmed on appeal.  Wakulla Bank, et al., v. Dixie County, No. 10-25 (Fla. 3d Cir. Ct., Dixie, filed 2010); 118 So. 3d 225 (Fla. 1st DCA 2013).
  • Represented city against Bert J. Harris, Jr., Private Property Rights Protection Act and inverse condemnation claims by developers seeking $13,000,000 in damages; summary judgment for the city as to Harris Act claims, and city prevailed after trial as to inverse condemnation claims; inverse condemnation rulings challenged and upheld on appeal; further appellate proceedings resulted in the recovery of over $150,000 by the city in attorney’s fees and costs; case resulted in only known attorney fee judgment against Harris Act claimant.  Caribbean Condominium L.P. and Ocean Palm Golf Club Partnership v. City of Flagler Beach, No. 11-1708 (Fla. 7th Cir. Ct., Flagler, filed 2008); 178 So. 3d 426 (Fla. 5th DCA 2015) (appeal as to inverse condemnation claim), reh’g den. (Nov. 13, 2015), rev. den. 2016 WL 2873973 (Fla., May 17, 2016); 139 So. 3d 463 (Fla. 5th DCA, May 30, 2014) (appeal as to recovery of expert witness costs), rev. den. 160 So. 3d 897 (Fla., Jan. 30, 2015).
  • Represented town against vested rights and estoppel claims by developer who sought to develop an abandoned fuel tank facility site as a marina and waterfront resort; judgment for town as to all claims after trial.  Sherwood Partners, LLC, v. Town of Yankeetown, No. 07-450 (Fla. 8th Cir. Ct., Levy, filed 2007).
  • Represented city and individual police officers against various civil rights claims arising from apprehension and detention of driver experiencing diabetic event; summary judgment granted as to all claims.  Perkins, William v. City of Jacksonville Beach, et al., No. 06-486 (M.D. Fla., filed 2006).

A complete list of Mr. Scott’s reported cases is available upon request.