Scott is a problem solver. His more than 40 years of experience in trials, arbitrations, and mediations allows him to effectively and efficiently counsel clients through difficult lawsuits and find the best resolution for them.

For the last 25 years, Scott’s practice has been focused on representing banks and their officers and directors. Scott has defended banks in class actions, represented officers and directors in failed bank litigation, and defended banks and their officers and directors in merger-related matters.

Scott has also defended banks and officers and directors in enforcement actions brought by the SEC, FDIC, OCC, and state bank regulators.

Scott advises corporate boards on internal investigations and conducts such investigations. He also works with corporate boards to ensure that claims are covered by directors' and officers' liability insurance.

Scott has served as a court-appointed receiver at the request of the SEC in a case of fraud by a private equity firm (United States Securities and Exchange Commission v. AA Capital Partners, Inc. et. al.)

Scott also devotes time to pro bono matters. He has represented immigrants seeking asylum and prisoners seeking medical relief. Scott also worked with Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law to obtain a reduced sentence for an individual who had been sentenced as a juvenile to life without parole.



  • State of Illinois
  • State of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court - Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - 7th Circuit


  • Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, J.D., 1979
  • Northwestern University, B.A., 1976





  • Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation (2019-2024)
  • Top Rated Lawyer, Banking & Finance Law, LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell™ and ALM (2013)
  • Benchmark Litigation - Litigation Star


  • Arbitrator, National Futures Association
  • Phi Beta Kappa
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