Scott Harwell is a lifelong resident of Alabama and was born and raised in Flomaton, Alabama. After graduating with honors and as Salutatorian of his 1987 Flomaton High School class, Mr. Harwell was awarded a scholarship to Auburn University from the Escambia County Alumni Association. Mr. Harwell began college in 1987 and was named to the Dean’s List as a freshman and numerous times throughout college. While at Auburn, Mr. Harwell joined the fraternity of Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) and was active on campus. Mr. Harwell also participated in the Cooperative Education program and spent several quarters alternating between school and working for IBM.
After graduating with honors from Auburn, Mr. Harwell decided to forego attending law school in the Southeast and instead decided to go to law school out West. After considering, Washington, Colorado, Oregon and numerous other schools, Mr. Harwell decided to attend the University of Oregon School of Law, one of the top law schools in the country. Mr. Harwell clerked for law firms in the Eugene, Oregon area while attending school. Mr. Harwell also clerked for the prestigious Alabama firm of Sirote and Permutt after his second year of law school. In addition working as a law clerk as well as camping, hiking, white-water rafting, kayaking, fly-fishing, hunting and other outdoor activities on a weekly basis (except close to finals), Mr. Harwell managed to graduate in the top 10 of his law class in 1995 and is a member of The Order of the Coif, one of the most prestigious awards for law students. Mr. Harwell was also named to the Who’s Who or Legal Students and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Grade Point Average of 3.76.
After graduating law school, Mr. Harwell returned home to Alabama and became a licensed attorney in 1995. Rather than working for a large firm, Mr. Harwell decided to “hang a shingle” and initially began practicing law in Atmore, Alabama and also opened a small office in Bay Minette, Alabama. During this first year, Mr. Harwell also practiced in Escambia County, Monroe County, Conecuh County and Baldwin County. Within 40 days of receiving his license to practice law, Mr. Harwell was appointed to defend a young man accused of robbery and successfully defended this man at a jury trial.
In the summer of 1996, Mr. Harwell moved to the Birmingham metro area to form a law partnership with several other attorneys. This partnership dissolved quickly and Mr. Harwell opened a small office in the Frank Nelson Building in downtown Birmingham. ), After beginning the practice on his own with no support staff, Mr. Harwell grew the firm to where he had three contract attorneys working for the firm as well as three support. Mr. Harwell kept the office downtown for several years and actually met his wife, Michelle, in the downtown office when she was in need of an attorney. Mr. Harwell and Michelle have three boys, Noah (10) and the twins, Cana and Michael (4). Due to complications with the birth of the twins and time constraints, Mr. Harwell made a decision to reduce staff and overhead so more time could be spent with his family. At this time, Mr. Harwell has a receptionist as well as one of the best secretaries a person could ask for. Debbie Quinn has been with Mr. Harwell for years and clients rave about her professionalism and communication skills.
Mr. Harwell handles a wide variety of cases and can handle almost any type of case that the average person will need an attorney for in their lifetime. On the majority of cases, Mr. Harwell is able to handle your case from start to finish. On more complex and expensive cases, such as medical malpractice, products liability and pharmaceutical litigation, Mr. Harwell will associate your case with an attorney or law firm that he trusts has the necessary integrity and experience to assist you with your case.
As should be evident by the verses on the website, Mr. Harwell is a Christian attorney and believes that Biblical principles should guide a person’s decisions. This does not mean that Mr. Harwell will not vigorously prosecute your case and/or defend you rights and legal position, but that clients should follow Biblical principles and teachings when handling legal issues.