Scott’s decades of experience across the United States and internationally enable him to find strategic solutions to even the thorniest business disputes. In addition to being a successful litigator, he’s a skilled advisor, partnering with clients to develop strategies for mitigating loss exposure and risk. Scott leads Husch Blackwell's national insurance coverage and litigation team.
Scott has spent hundreds of days in trial or in arbitration, and has handled a broad array of complex cases such as insurance coverage and bad faith claims, environmental disputes (including CERCLA cost recovery actions), financial disputes (including litigation involving securitized loan trusts), business litigation (including partnership disputes, breach of fiduciary duty claims, securities fraud, trade secrets, and D&O defense), and personal injury litigation (including aviation crashes, trucking accidents, products liability, mass torts and professional liability). Just as importantly, Scott partners with clients to strategically guide them through the evaluation and resolution of novel legal issues that create business risk. He focuses especially on developing customized strategies for identifying, assessing and mitigating potential loss exposures.
As an example, Scott and his team conducted the first-ever comprehensive reserving analysis of a $2 billion book of claims for one of the world’s largest insurance companies. As part of that analysis, Scott and the team: 1) helped develop new reserving methods to better estimate potential losses and stabilize the reserves on currently pending claims; 2) developed an entirely new reserving protocol that has been used as a model for other risk exposures; and 3) developed unique and effective loss-mitigation strategies for many of the largest risks within the portfolio, which resulted in very significant savings for the client. Some of those loss-mitigation strategies included use of subrogation claims, reinsurance recoveries, policy buybacks, asset sales, regulatory relief and real estate workouts.