Scott's practice encompasses a wide range of matters involving the securities laws, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, financings, restructurings, corporate governance, regulatory enforcement, administrative law, and public policy. He has substantial experience leading multidisciplinary transaction teams in numerous complex transactions. He also represents clients on matters involving compliance issues and potential liabilities arising under the federal securities laws. Scott regularly consults clients facing sensitive regulatory issues before the Securities and Exchange Commission and recent matters have included issues concerning putative whistleblowers, climate change and cybersecurity disclosure, conflict minerals compliance, large trader reporting, cross-border registrations, crowdfunding, proxy advisors, shareholder proposals, and enforcement cases, among many others. Scott is frequently quoted by major news sources, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Law360, Compliance Week, The National Law Journal and The Dallas Morning News.
Before joining Hunton & Williams, Scott served on the Executive Staff of the SEC as Counsel to Commissioner Troy A. Paredes from August 2008 to August 2012. At the SEC, Scott acted as Commissioner Paredes’s liaison to the Commission’s senior staff as well as external constituencies including issuers and other SEC registrants, investors, press, members of Congress, professional firms, and trade associations. He advised the Commissioner on all aspects of the federal securities laws and SEC policy across all SEC divisions and offices, focusing especially on the Division of Corporation Finance and the Division of Enforcement. Scott was also involved in financial regulatory reform efforts, including the SEC’s response to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act as well as the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act. Prior to the SEC, Scott practiced for ten years with another major law firm in Dallas and Washington.