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"Scott has outstanding judgment and is a uniquely knowledgeable resource on student and academic matters. He is an excellent litigator, provides insightful and practical advice for navigating complex problems, and is a pleasure to work with."

Assistant General Counsel, research university

Overview

The first in his family to attend college, Scott sees education as the key to opportunity.

His passion for the educational mission of colleges and universities led him to take a job early in his legal career in the general counsel’s office at Northwestern University. He enjoyed the personal element of campus work as well: Legal matters in his office often involved the education of individual students or faculty research.

In his private practice, Scott works exclusively with higher education institutions. His goal is to partner closely with clients, becoming a trusted advisor. Clients find that his deep understanding of the academic world comes through in his legal advice.

Scott’s years in-house at Northwestern gave him firsthand familiarity with academia’s unique culture. He has extensive experience with the wide variety of legal issues that affect higher education, such as crisis management, board governance, faculty personnel, student affairs, and campus sexual assault and other compliance matters.

"Scott has outstanding judgment and is a uniquely knowledgeable resource on student and academic matters. He is an excellent litigator, provides insightful and practical advice for navigating complex problems, and is a pleasure to work with."

Assistant General Counsel, research university


Industry

Services

Recognition

  • Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors Professional Scholarship
  • Illinois Super Lawyers, 2013-2020
  • Journal of College and University Law, Media Award, 2008
  • Law Bulletin Publishing, Leading Lawyer, 2017

Education

  • University of Michigan Law School
    • cum laude
  • B.A., University of Michigan
    • Political Science

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Association for Student Conduct Administration
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), Board Member

Languages

  • French, Conversant
Experience
  • Worked closely with governing boards and senior administrators to address high-profile allegations of wrongdoing and related litigation.
  • Represented colleges, universities and seminaries in investigations by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Illinois Department of Human Rights involving institutional compliance with Title IX and other state and federal anti-discrimination and anti-harassment laws and regulations.
  • Advised private and public institutions on internal disciplinary proceedings involving tenured faculty and collective bargaining unit members to ensure compliance with due process and contractual requirements.
Speaking Engagements | July 31-August 1, 2019
Speaker, "Title IX Training," DePaul University
Seminars | April 12, 2019
Annual Higher Education Seminar - Chicago
Speaking Engagements | September 20, 2018
Speaker, NACUA webinar, Performance Evaluations

Whether your institution is public or private, large or small, or residential or commuter, your college or university likely has a performance evaluation process in place.

Media Mentions | February 2, 2018
The American Lawyer: Husch Blackwell Lands Handful of New Lawyers in Chicago, DC (log-in required)

Husch Blackwell adds three partners in Chicago to its burgeoning higher educational practice, while also adding two lawyers to its international trade group in the nation's capital.

News Releases | January 30, 2018
Husch Blackwell's Higher Ed Practice to Add Three Partners in Chicago

Husch Blackwell boosts its Higher Education practice group, one of the largest in the country.

Outside the Office

Scott is a food lover who is married to an excellent cook, and he’s particularly fond of Italian and Vietnamese dishes.

When he is not in the office or the kitchen, Scott often travels with his family, one of his favorite ways to spend time with his two young children. Top family destinations include anyplace warm and Germany, where Scott’s brother-in-law lives and works as an organic farmer.