Scott Coyle’s practice focuses on government investigations, white collar criminal defense and appellate litigation. He has successfully represented clients in high-profile criminal investigations and administrative proceedings and has extensive experience drafting briefs in state and federal appellate courts. He also advises clients on compliance with US trade sanctions programs and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

    Prior to joining us, Scott was a litigation associate with full-service law firms in Washington DC and San Francisco. He represented elected officials and members of the intelligence community charged with misconduct, including a former State Department employee indicted under the Espionage Act. He also led the merits briefing team on several notable white collar appellate matters.

    Before his career as a lawyer, Scott was the deputy director of a nationally recognized political consulting firm, where he worked with government officials, business leaders and labor unions to develop strategic communications plans and managed local ballot initiatives that generated more than US$7 billion for California’s public schools.

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    • Drafted petition for certiorari, appellate briefs and pre-trial motions in defense of a US senator charged with bribery and honest services fraud.
    • Represented a former State Department employee accused of disclosing classified information to news media in violation of the Espionage Act.
    • Drafted a successful Daubert motion to exclude class action plaintiff’s expert report and defeat remand to state court.
    • Conducted an internal investigation for a US company regarding potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
    • Defended deposition of an expert witness in a class action alleging environmental harms.
    • Argued motion to quash subpoena in a patent infringement action in federal court.
    • Represented a member of US intelligence community during internal investigation that ultimately cleared him of misconduct.
    • Advised companies on compliance with US trade sanctions programs, including recent reforms to the Cuba sanctions regime.


    • Stanford Law School, J.D., Sontheimer Award for Graduating Second in Class, 2008
    • Georgetown University, B.A., summa cum laude, 2000


    • Ohio, 2018
    • District of Columbia, 2012
    • California, 2010
    • Clerk for the Honorable Marsha S. Berzon of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.
    • Clerk for the Honorable Ellen Segal Huvelle of the US District Court in Washington DC.
    • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2021: Ones to Watch for Appellate Practice and Criminal Defense: White-Collar in Cincinnati

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