Scott Rhodes grew up in Pensacola, Florida. He came to Nashville in 1987 as a Vanderbilt student and graduated cum laude with honors in history. Later that year, he enrolled at Florida State's College of Law where he served as an Articles & Notes Editor for the Journal of Transnational Law and Policy, worked on the school's employment law news bulletin and earned a spot on the mock trial team. He also worked with numerous Tallahassee lawyers and law firms that specialized in everything from criminal law to medical regulatory matters.
Scott returned to Nashville in 1993 to complete his law school education at Vanderbilt as a visiting student. He accepted a position at the law firm of Brewer, Krause & Brooks in 1994 following graduation. The firm specialized in insurance defense litigation which gave him numerous early career opportunities for trial preparation and courtroom work. In 1997, Scott joined the firm that would go on to become White & Rhodes, P.C. The experience he has accumulated over the years includes about 80 jury trials in over 20 Tennessee counties. Many of these cases are reported in the Tennessee Verdict Reporter where he has often been listed as one of the most active trial lawyers in the state. He has also presented several cases to the appellate courts and advocated for clients in countless non-jury trials and other court appearances throughout Tennessee. In 2019, he was named as a "Super Lawyer" in the Mid-South by the magazine Super Lawyers.
Tennessee (1994), Georgia (1999), United States District Court, Middle District of Tennessee (1995), United States District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee (2000), United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia (2000), United States District Court, Western District of Tennessee (2015)
Vanderbilt University (B.S., cum laude with Honors in History, 1991); Florida State University (J.D., with High Honors, 1994)
Tennessee Bar Association (former editor, Litigation Section periodical) and Nashville Bar Association
Fellow, Nashville Bar Foundation
Rule 31 Listed Mediator - Civil and Family, Specially Trained in Domestic Violence Issues
Family members tell me I started talking about becoming a lawyer at age five. That might be true but other careers were certainly dreamed about along the way. After hopes of becoming a baseball player disappeared in high school and thoughts of becoming a professional musician faded in college, I circled back to the idea of being a lawyer. There have been no regrets since then. It is an honor and privilege to be a member of this profession, especially in Tennessee.
After trying jury cases in about 22 Tennessee counties, and making court appearances in many more, my growth as a lawyer has been tremendously aided by watching and learning from the best judges and lawyers across the state who faithfully and expertly serve the public and their clients. If at the end of my career it can be said I was an honest lawyer who was always well-prepared and fought hard but fairly for his clients, then I can be satisfied.