Lexington, KY Attorney
Scott practices general litigation, criminal defense, family law, and state and federal constitutional law involving issues including civil rights, voting rights and 1983 state action litigation. Scott also is regularly engaged by political and judicial candidates and political parties both in and out of Kentucky for election and campaign law issues. He also writes and speaks on election law, legal issues that arise in electoral politics, best practices for election monitoring, and trial media.
He has been named to Best Lawyers in America, Kentucky SuperLawyers, and Litigation Counsel of America. He served as the Assistant Deputy Attorney General for Kentucky between 1996-2003.
He has been lead counsel in numerous high profile cases including: Kentucky’s settlement with the major cigarette manufacturers which created a fund of $1.5 billion for tobacco farmers; major settlement with Anthem Insurance for $44 million used to create a health policy foundation; obtaining a 12 year sentence for Eric Conn who perpetrated the largest fraud in the history of Social Security; obtained a reversal on “cumulative error” grounds in the “Clay 8” case, the largest criminal political corruption RICO prosecution ever in Kentucky; a significant settlement against a county school board for the assault on a student by a teacher via 1983 liability; an investigation into corruption and administrative incompetence for the City of Covington that led to a reorganization and several dismissals; declaration of parts of Kentucky Sex Offender Registry as unconstitutional under the First Amendment; and, opinions by the Kentucky Supreme Court striking down on constitutional grounds three separate legislative redistricting plans.
Scott also was appointed by Mayor Gray to the Lexington Convention & Visitors Bureau and by Mayor Gorton to the Public Art Commission, and was the first non-health care professional to serve as chair of the Lexington Board of Public Health. He is also a weekly columnist for the Woodford Sun.
U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth and Fourth Circuits, U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky, U.S. District Court, Eastern, Western and Middle Districts of North Carolina and U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia in 1986; West Virginia in 1986; North Carolina in 1986; Kentucky in 1994.
- Fayette County and Kentucky Bar Associations.
- Kentucky Attorney General, Assistant Deputy Attorney General, 1996 – 2003
- AV® Preeminent™
- Gavel Award, Lexington-Fayette County Board of Health, 2015
- Robert F. Houlihan Memorial Award, 2014
- Kentucky Bar Association & KYLAP Commission Trusted Servant Award, 2009
- Leadership Kentucky, 2008
- Distinguished Service Award, Office of the Attorney General, 2003
- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Master, Central Kentucky Inns of Court