Scott Burck’s passion for practicing personal injury law comes from “having the opportunity to represent individuals who have been wronged,” he says. “I enjoy standing up for injured victims against those who have every incentive to deny them justice.”
He does so as a pre-litigation attorney in the Houston office of Jim Adler & Associates, one of Texas’ leading personal injury law firms. “It is my goal to get all of our clients the justice they deserve, ideally without the delay or expense of a trial,” Scott says.
Another reason he is passionate about personal injury law, along with health law, is because each is a “fast-moving and ever-changing” field of law.
“I enjoy staying up to date with the latest developments in both fields, since they progress at a far quicker pace than most other areas of law thanks to advances in science and technology,” says Scott, a native of Manhasset, NY, who was raised in Chester, NJ, and attended high school in nearby Mendham, NJ.
As a young student, he was inspired to become a lawyer by his grandmother, Shirley. After a lengthy and successful career as a New York public school teacher, she became an entertainment lawyer, and her love for the practice of law motivated Scott to become involved in mock trial during high school.
As a member of his high school’s mock trial team, Scott attended practice after school for five nights each week. And it paid off. His team twice became New Jersey state champions.
“That taught me there is no substitute for dedication and hard work,” says Scott, who continued participating in mock trial competitions as an undergraduate at Tulane University in New Orleans, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in finance, and at University of Houston Law Center, where he was a finalist in the Hippard Open Mock Trial Competition.
While earning his Juris Doctor from UH Law Center, Scott represented the Houston-based Internet Bar Organization at the United Nations in New York, and helped to shape international regulations governing the field of Online Dispute Resolution (ODR).
During a working group meeting of the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), he drafted language that was included in UNCITRAL’s ODR Technical Notes. This was the first formal international text recognizing and supporting the use of ODR to resolve cross-border trade disputes, he says.
A member of the State Bar of Texas, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Houston Trial Lawyers Association and American Health Lawyers Association, Scott also has a Certificate in Health Care Compliance from the Mitchell Hamline School of Law of Saint Paul, MN.