When Expertise Matters

“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”
– John Adams, Boston Massacre trial

James W. Scott, Jr.*

Of Counsel


Tel: 215.940.0473
Fax: 215.864.6610
E-Mail: jscott@bodellbove.com


Mr. Scott is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and the United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the District of New Jersey.  His practice focuses on the defense of construction defect, construction accident, product liability, and premises liability claims.  He has successfully tried cases in the Pennsylvania Courts of Common Pleas, and he has briefed and argued cases before the Pennsylvania Superior Court and the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court.  Jim has a leading role in the firm’s construction defect and insurance defense practices.

Mr. Scott is a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel, the Pennsylvania Defense Institute, and the Defense Research Institute, and he is a Fellow of the Academy of Advocacy.  He is active in various defense organizations, currently serving as the immediate Past-President of the PADC and as a Director for the Eastern District of PDI.   He co-authored the chapter on Pennsylvania law for the DRI Defense Library Series publication, Construction Litigation Desk Reference: A State-by-State Compendium (2010).  He previously served as Co-Chairman of PDI’s Product Liability Committee and has been a frequent contributor to PDI’s Counterpoint.  For ten years, he coached the Mock Trial Team at Samuel S. Fels High School in Philadelphia.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Scott served as the Assistant Director of Operations for the largest fabricator/erector of structural steel in the Delaware Valley.  Consequently, his construction practice has been substantially enhanced by his real-world experience.

During law school, Mr. Scott was named to the Dean’s List and was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society.  He also earned Distinguished Class Performances in ten separate subjects: Lawyering Process, Contracts II, Labor Law, Criminal Law I, Introduction to Trial Advocacy, Professional Responsibility, Evidence, Environmental Law, Business Associations, and Administrative Law.


Duke University, B.A., Public Policy Studies, 1981
Temple University School of Law, J.D., 1994

*Also admitted to the bar of the State of New Jersey.