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Scott Poynter


Scott Poynter, is a distinguished co-founder and Partner at Poynter Law Group in Little Rock, AR. His storied legal career includes positions of leadership over one hundred class actions and multi-district litigation throughout the United States.

With roots in Mountain Home, Scott graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Arkansas Tech University before earning his Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas School of Law.

He began his legal practice through service within the Judge Advocate General (“JAG”) Department of the U.S. Air Force. Scott’s early legal prowess earned him a spot in the Air Force's prestigious Advanced Trial Advocacy Course, setting a precedent for his future as a litigator. In all, Scott was involved in more than fifty criminal prosecutions, and he also defended airman facing court martial. Scott served our Country during Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield, and served six years on active duty and another seven years in the Reserves and Air National Guard and attained the rank of Major.

Scott is the pioneer of induced seismicity litigation.  For more than a decade, Scott has represented homeowners, business owners, tribal nations, and a Catholic university in recovering tens of millions of dollars in damages due to earthquakes caused by oil and gas operations, and specifically, the disposal of wastewater deep below the Earth’s surface.

In early 2011, central Arkansas was hit with a 4.8m earthquake near Greenbrier, which wracked homes and other properties nearby. Scott filed the first set class action cases ever brought on novel legal theories due to damages caused by “frackquakes.”  Then, beginning in 2014 he represented thousands of Oklahoma homeowners and business owners, the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, and St. Gregory’s University in recovering more than $25 million in damages due to induced seismicity throughout Oklahoma in both class action cases and individual claims.

Throughout his career, Scott has been at the forefront of significant legal battles, including major agricultural lawsuits such as the Syngenta AG MIR162 Corn Litigation and the LLRICE 601 Genetically Modified Rice case, which collectively recovered over a billion dollars for American farmers.

Additionally, Scott has litigated cases involving devastating injuries due to car and golf cart accidents, medical and EMT malpractice, and wrongful death cases involving both defective products and medical injury.

Admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, the U.S. District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Arkansas, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, and all Arkansas State Courts, Scott specializes in class action suits, consumer rights, agricultural law, and complex environmental litigation.

Attorney Scott Poynter