Trial Lawyer. Negotiator. Human Rights Advocate. Philanthropist. Defender of Animals. Cross fit, diving and cycling enthusiast. Committed to representing people against power.
Since launching his legal career in 1989, Scott’s purpose has been to represent ordinary people against the powerful. Scott works directly with his clients to understand the full impact of their situation, the struggles and challenges they face, and their expectations of the legal experience. This lets him help his clients achieve their legal goals, deal with the emotional, financial and physical effects of their tragedy, and move forward with their lives. Helping others ease their burdens to improve their lives and find justice when it matters is how Scott tries to lead a purposeful life.
Mesothelioma (asbestos-related cancer), toxic exposure, mass injury, and class action lawsuits. Scott is licensed to practice in Texas, Pennsylvania, Illinois and New Mexico. His extensive education and experience in the law, negotiation and advocacy is a powerful combination that regularly leads to exceptional results that provide his clients with meaningful change for a better future.
Outside of the office, Scott enjoys spending time with his family and supporting his community through involvement in a number of organizations. He was previously the Vice President of the Rothko Chapel Board of Directors in Houston, Texas, an International Human Rights organization founded around the principles of the Rothko Chapel itself to promote education and discourse in the area of human rights. In addition, Scott is the Founder and past President of Save Town Lake in Austin, Texas, formed to preserve open spaces around the iconic centerpiece of Austin, Texas—Lady Bird Lake. He is a member of Rotary International through his membership in the Downtown Rotary Club of Austin. And he serves on committees within the American Association of Justice and the American Bar Association through his membership in both organizations.
An explorer by nature, Scott seeks to discover new things through adventure travel, SCUBA diving, mountain climbing, skiing and experiencing life to the fullest.
HONORS AND AFFILIATIONS
AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell since 2004
American Association for Justice (AAJ) (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America-ATLA), Leaders’ Forum 2009-Present
Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Founding Advocates Board Member 1993
Public Justice Foundation Trial Lawyer of the Year Finalist, 1992
Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Robert Porter, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, 1989-1990
Associate Editor, Journal of Law and Commerce, University of Pittsburgh, 1987-1988
Good Guy Award, National Women’s Political Caucus, 2003
Texas Watch Champion of Justice Award, 2000
Lecturer in The Honorable Calvin Botley Distinguished Lecture Series, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University, April 7, 2000
Pro Bono Achievement Award, Advancement in Animal Law (2013) Animal Legal Defense Fund
Conversa Linguistica Spanish language immersion course, Santa Ana, Costa Rica, 1983
International Human Rights Law & Policy, Inter-American Court of Human Rights, San Jose, Costa Rica, 1983
University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D. with Honors, 1988
Harvard Negotiation Project’s Program for Lawyers 1996
National Institute of Trial Advocacy, 1997, 2002, 2003