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Overview

Scott leverages his experience in all three branches of the federal government and the military to help clients successfully navigate their most sensitive, urgent, and high-profile challenges.

Scott is a trusted resource and proven problem-solver for clients who require sound judgment, a versatile skill set, and utmost discretion. He is a seasoned crisis manager and strategic counselor with a track record of delivering results under pressure. Scott is also adept at collaborating and communicating effectively when the stakes are high and the margin for error is low.

Scott's practice focuses on government investigations and spans a range of disciplines, including litigation, regulatory compliance, and public policy. He is also a well-rounded national security professional with a deep background in defense, intelligence, and homeland security.

Prior to joining the firm, Scott led a 200-person team as the Acting Under Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). As the Department's first Assistant Secretary for Trade and Economic Security, he developed and coordinated policy related to international trade, supply chain security, and foreign investment.

Before DHS, Scott represented the White House as an Associate Counsel and Special Assistant to the President. He also worked for the U.S. House of Representatives in legal and policy roles ranging from Counsel for the Committee on Armed Services to Staff Director of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. While on Capitol Hill, he conducted numerous investigations, including one of the most significant matters in recent congressional history. 

Earlier in his career, Scott practiced in the Washington office of an international law firm, clerked for a federal judge, and served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve. A native Missourian, Scott worked for U.S. Senator Jim Talent and Governor Matt Blunt before attending law school.


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Recognition

  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Distinguished Service Medal, 2020
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Outstanding Service Medal, 2019
  • Hoover Institution, Stuart Family Congressional Fellow, 2017
  • District of Columbia Courts, Capital Pro Bono High Honor Roll, 2014
  • Claremont Institute, John Marshall Fellow, 2013
  • U.S. Department of Defense, Joint Service Commendation Medal, 2013

Education

  • J.D., Yale Law School
  • M.S., Missouri State University
    • Defense and Strategic Studies
  • A.B., Dartmouth College
    • Government
    • magna cum laude
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Missouri

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • The District of Columbia Bar
  • The Missouri Bar

Clerkships

  • The Hon. Jerry E. Smith, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Experience

The White House

  • As Associate Counsel and Special Assistant to the President, represented the White House in sensitive and high-profile matters—including congressional and Inspector General investigations—and served as the primary oversight liaison to the Department of Defense.

U.S. House of Representatives

  • As a senior staff member for the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, played a key role in all aspects of the Committee's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election. The Committee's efforts generated tremendous public scrutiny and spurred multiple follow-on investigations by the Department of Justice and both chambers of Congress.
  • As a staff member for the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Committee on Armed Services, investigated the disclosures of former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, the alleged manipulation of ISIS-related intelligence at U.S. Central Command, and the controversial transfer of the "Taliban Five" from Guantanamo Bay to Qatar.
  • As a staff member for the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Committee on Armed Services, led sensitive oversight of Intelligence Community components—including the Central Intelligence Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the intelligence elements of the Department of Defense.
  • As a staff member for the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Committee on Armed Services, crafted and negotiated legislation, including the annual National Defense Authorization Act, the annual Intelligence Authorization Act, and the landmark Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

  • In multiple roles, advised two Acting Secretaries on a diverse range of strategic, legal, policy, legislative, and public affairs issues.
  • In multiple roles, worked to secure the Homeland, successfully manage crises, and overcome unprecedented challenges—including the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • In multiple roles, contributed to the development and implementation of numerous presidential executive orders, proclamations, and memoranda.
  • As Acting Under Secretary for Policy, led a team of 200 professionals, including sub-offices focused on counterterrorism, cybersecurity, and international affairs; also chaired the DHS China Working Group, coordinated Department-wide policy initiatives, and participated in interagency deliberations led by the National Security Council and other White House stakeholders.
  • As Acting Under Secretary for Policy, played a key role in the establishment of the DHS Center to Combat Human Trafficking and the congressionally-mandated Forced Labor Enforcement Task Force; also supported U.S. Customs and Border Protection efforts to crack down on the importation of goods made with forced labor.
  • As Assistant Secretary for Trade and Economic Security, led the establishment of a dedicated team focused on identifying and mitigating vulnerabilities in the U.S. supply chain and threats to the cross-border flow of information and technology; also developed trade policy and spearheaded the completion of a presidentially-directed action plan to combat counterfeit goods in the e-commerce domain.
  • As Assistant Secretary for Trade and Economic Security, represented DHS on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS); helped negotiate the formal establishment of the Committee for the Assessment of Foreign Participation in the United States Telecommunications Services Sector, commonly known as Team Telecom; and led the Department's Foreign Investment Risk Management staff responsible for CFIUS and Team Telecom matters.

U.S. Navy Reserve

  • As an intelligence officer, deployed to Afghanistan in support of a special operations joint task force, served as a member of reserve units affiliated with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the Defense Intelligence Agency, and worked in the National Military Command Center at the Pentagon.

Private Practice

  • As an associate at an international law firm, worked on a variety of unique and sensitive national security-related matters, including a terrorism-related investigation.
  • As an associate at an international law firm, represented clients in CFIUS foreign investment reviews and assisted in mitigating foreign ownership, control or influence pursuant to Department of Defense regulations.
  • As an associate at an international law firm, advised clients on international trade issues, including Department of State export control regulations and Department of the Treasury economic sanctions.
Outside the Office

Scott enjoys spending time with his wife and six children. 

Scott’s family likes visiting presidential homes, and their favorites include George Washington’s Mount Vernon and the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum. 

Community Leadership

Scott maintains an active pro bono practice. At a previous firm, he represented a family in a legislative campaign that ultimately resulted in the enactment of the Veterans Day Moment of Silence Act.

Scott is a member of:

  • Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition 
  • Jesus the Good Shepherd Catholic Church
  • The American Legion

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