A nationally ranked trial lawyer, Scott represents a wide array of Fortune 500 companies in sectors that include pharmaceutical, health care, FinTech, and privacy and data security. Accomplished, practical and knowledgeable, Scott combines a strong business acumen with winning strategies at trial.

Scott’s recent work includes:

  • Defense of a global pharmaceutical company against claims for contractual indemnification arising from underlying Lanham Act litigation. (2017-pending).
  • Investigation and prosecution of a global pharmaceutical company’s potential claims for failure to supply penalties arising from assets divested by a third-party manufacturer. (2018-pending).
  • Investigation and defense of a global pharmaceutical company against potential claims arising from $25 million milestone payment due at first commercial sale. (2018-pending).

For an expanded list of Scott’s cases, please review his representative matters.

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For 13 consecutive years, Chambers USA has ranked Scott – also previously a BTI Client Service All-star – as a leading litigation attorney in Pennsylvania. According to Chambers, clients say Scott is:

  • “very savvy, succinct and a strategist. He thinks issues through and instills confidence.”
  • "thoughtful, dogged and very smart."
  • "an indefatigable attorney – when it came to the crunch, he dug in and did what was needed."
  • "one of those guys who understands that it's about moving your business forward. He is pragmatic and focuses on business resolution."
  • "he emphasizes the importance of early assessment and constant assessment of the merits and weaknesses of a case. He's top-notch."

Over the past decade, Scott has developed a particular fluency in the rapidly evolving field of privacy and data security. He routinely counsels multinational and mid-sized businesses on how to mitigate risk and overcome the challenges posed by the current state and federal enforcement environment. For several years, Scott has contributed to the “Combating Cyberthreats” section of West/Thompson Reuters’ Data Security and Privacy Law guide.

    A recognized authority on privacy and data security, Scott provides commentary to national publications ranging from The Economist, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Los Angeles Times to Forbes and Compliance Week. Scott has also appeared as a featured guest on leading media outlets including Fox News, ABC, NPR’s Marketplace, Fox Business, Bloomberg TV and Cheddar.

    For more, please see Scott's News and Publications pages.

    Scott’s broad litigation practice encompasses:

    • Licensing and technology transfer agreements
    • Intellectual property, trade secrets, employee mobility and unfair competition
    • Software and hardware technology service agreements
    • Merchant processing and electronic payments
    • Mergers, acquisitions and corporate changes-of-control
    • Government contracting and procurement
    • Commercial lending, FCRA, FDCPA and TILA

    Scott is a former member of the firm’s Executive Committee and is a former Office Managing Partner of the Philadelphia office, the largest of the firm’s 27 offices.

    Honors & Awards

    • Martindale-Hubbell "AV" rated
    • Named as one of the leading litigation attorneys in Pennsylvania by Chambers USA (2007 through 2019)
    • Selected to the 2009 BTI Client Services All-Star Team for Law Firms. One of only 176 attorneys nationwide selected for this elite list of lawyers “delivering the absolute best client service” to Fortune 1000 clients.