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Scott is an experienced litigator, representing corporations and high-profile individuals in criminal, regulatory, civil matters and internal investigations. His practice is focused on representing businesses and executives in investigations, prosecutions and civil actions involving allegations of securities fraud, public corruption, bank fraud, bribery, wire and mail fraud, accounting fraud, health care fraud, insurance fraud and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

A former Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Scott has vast experience in all aspects of criminal and civil litigation from the investigations through trial. He regularly practices before the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the Second Circuit, New York State Supreme Court, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and other regulatory agencies.

Scott clerked for the Honorable David N. Edelstein, in the SDNY, and then went on to Rogers & Wells where he worked for two years as an associate in the Litigation Department. At Rogers & Wells, Scott concentrated primarily on securities litigation, antitrust and white-collar criminal defense.

From 2000 to 2001, Scott clerked for the Honorable Barbara S. Jones in the Southern District of New York, following which he returned to Clifford Chance Rogers & Wells.

From 2002 to 2007, Scott served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, where he investigated and tried a wide variety of criminal cases in the areas of RICO, narcotics, money laundering, bank fraud and credit card fraud.

Representative Matters

  • Several executives including the Chief Financial Officer and former Chief Financial Officer of a utilities division of a public company in an SEC investigation
  • Clean energy company in a New Jersey Attorney General's Office investigation
  • CEO of a REIT in an investigation by the United States Attorney’s Office, North District of California and the Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Trader at a major investment bank in a DOJ Investigation
  • Public technology company in a DOJ investigation
  • Former Chief Risk Officer of a public company in an SEC investigation
  • A private equity firm in an SEC investigation
  • Lumber Liquidators in connection with investigations by the DOJ and SEC
  • Individual in an insider trading prosecution by the United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York
  • A global food distribution company in a grand jury investigation related to alleged OFAC violations
  • A former employee of an investment bank in a theft-of-government-property prosecution by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York
  • A former broker in an insider trading trial by the Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Several executives in the FIFA investigation by the United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of New York
  • An executive of a public company in an FCPA investigation by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York and the Securities and Exchange Commission
  • A former investment banker in an insider trading prosecution by United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of North Carolina
  • A hedge fund executive in an insider trading investigation by United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York
  • The former Chief Financial Officer of Refco in a criminal securities fraud, accounting fraud, wire fraud and money laundering prosecution brought by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and the Securities and Exchange Commission
  • The Chief Executive Officer of a health network in a bribery prosecution brought by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York
  • An individual accused of violating the Arms Export Control Act and the International Emergency Economic Powers Act

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America (white collar defense) 2013-2020
  • The International Who’s Who of Business Crime Defence Lawyers, 2013-2020
  • New York Super Lawyers – Metro list, 2012-2020

Publications

  • Co-author, "Lessons from Michael Cohen v. United States: Criminal Defendants Should Not Be at the Mercy of Technology for Privilege Review," New York Law Journal, January 18, 2019

Speeches & Events

  • PLI, Defending Immigration Removal Proceedings 2020, July 23, 2020
  • Lawyers and Wall Street Associations, Technology's Impact on the Legal and Financial Sectors, June 19, 2019
  • Celesq, Lessons from 'Michael Cohen v. United States,' March 13, 2019
  • Federal Bar Council, Insider Trading: “Tippee” Liability under United States v. Newman, February 4, 2016
  • Federal Bar Council, Restitution and Forfeiture with Judge Failla, October 15, 2015
  • Federal Bar Council, Asset Forfeiture Program, February 2014
  • PLI Annual Institute on Internal Investigations, June 2013
  • ABA 2013 Litigation Section Annual Conference, April 2013

Admitted to Practice

  • New York
  • United States Courts of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • United States District Court, District of Connecticut
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court, Western District of New York

Education

  • J.D., Fordham University School of Law, 1997 
  • A.B., Colgate University, 1992