R. Scott Wilson
Scott Wilson’s practice since 1998 has been principally dedicated to disability benefits law, including both Social Security disability benefits claims and ERISA-governed long term disability insurance claims. Scott is a 1998 graduate of Washington and Lee University Law School. He graduated cum laude and was a member of the Law Review. He previously received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Davis.
Scott has extensive experience representing claimants at all levels of the Social Security appeals process. He has represented claimants at over 1300 hearings. He has written numerous briefs to Social Security’s Appeals Council and been the principal brief-writer on over a hundred Social Security cases appealed into the federal courts. Since 2008, Scott has been certified as a Social Security Disability Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.
Scott also regularly represents claimants seeking long term disability insurance benefits, including both pre-litigation appeals to insurers and lawsuits in federal court. Scott was the lead brief-writer in Cooper v. Life Ins. Co. of North America, 486 F.3d 157 (6th Cir. 2007), as well as a number of un-published cases successfully challenging denials and terminations of ERISA-governed long term disability insurance benefits. Scott is licensed in Tennessee and admitted to the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Tennessee, as well as the Sixth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeal.
Scott has spoken at both national and local continuing legal education programs on Social Security disability and ERISA long term disability insurance cases. Scott is the past chair of the AAJ Social Security Section, and past president of the Chattanooga Trial Lawyers Association.