Scott Warren is a partner in our Tokyo and Shanghai offices and leads a team that specializes in cybersecurity, data privacy and digital data disclosures in Japan, China and across Asia. He advises on digital compliance, eDiscovery and corporate data privacy for global and local corporations. He also has significant experience in compliance, intellectual property, litigation, dispute resolution and government regulatory and internal investigations. He has provided advice to global multinational corporations in the hi-tech, software, retail, healthcare, pharmaceutical, automotive, banking, trading, telecommunications and professional services industries.

Scott started his career as a civil litigator in California and is experienced in all phases of disputes resolution, from pleadings through conducting jury trials. He moved to Japan in 1993 and wrote the Japan Employers Handbook for CCH, a large international publishing company. While general counsel at Sega Corporation, he handled various intellectual property issues, including licensing and anti-counterfeiting on infringers on every continent except Antarctica. He also oversaw Sega's internal and regulatory investigations, including anti-competition, US International Trade Commission and safety reporting matters.

As senior attorney for Microsoft, Scott was responsible for the Xbox launch in Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore. He was the head of anti-piracy for Xbox worldwide, and the head of anti-piracy for all Microsoft products in North Asia. He also served as the head of internet safety, working with law enforcement and governments to better protect the public from cyber threats. He also handled internal cyberbreach issues from a legal perspective. In this capacity, he became involved with The Society for the Policing of Cyberspace, a nonprofit organization, where he serves on the executive board.

He was the managing director of Kroll in Japan and regional managing director of Kroll Ontrack in Asia, providing clients with investigative, computer forensics and eDiscovery services. Later, he opened Epiq Systems in Japan and built the team and services in order to provide eDiscovery solutions to global organizations. Many of these investigations involved antitrust, bribery, SEC and other regulatory matters.

Having served as in-house counsel for more than 13 years and having built two successful legal services companies in Asia, Scott brings a unique understanding, expertise and global perspective to his clients.

Scott is also a Certified International Counter-Cyber Crime Professional and is certified as a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb).

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  • Southwestern University School of Law, J.D., 1987
  • University of Denver, B.A., 1984


  • Japan – Foreign Lawyer qualification, 2017
  • California, 1987


  • U.S. Ct. of App., Ninth Circuit, 1987
  • Awarded the Best Lawyers of Japan for Intellectual Property by The Best Lawyers in 2021, 2022 and 2023
  • Recommended by Leaders in Law as a Data Privacy Lawyer of the Year in Japan 2021 and 2022
  • Named the Leader of the Year by American Chamber of Commerce in Japan in 2020
  • Recognized as the Cybersecurity, Data Privacy and Digital Compliance Lawyer of the Year in Japan in 2020, 2021 and 2022 by the Global Law Experts and Corporate Intl Magazine Global Awards
  • Named the Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Lawyer of the Year in Japan by Lawyer Network Annual Awards for 2021 and 2022
  • Recommended in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 in Corporate and M&A – International firms and joint ventures, Japan, Dispute resolution – International firms and joint ventures, Japan and Intellectual property – International firms and joint ventures, Japan

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  • Speaker, “SINGAPORE: Technology: Effects on Arbitration and Corporate Crime in SE Asia – A Game Changer for 2022?” LegalPlus, July 21, 2022.
  • Speaker, “The Data Privacy Continuum,” Global Privacy Podcast series hosted by Nadia Ishaq, April 28, 2022.
  • Speaker, “Digital Crime – Advising In House Counsel on the Current Issues,” Annual Asia: Competition Law and Digital Crime Virtual Summit, April 28, 2022.
  • Speaker, “China’s Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL): What Businesses Need to Know,” China PrivSec, March 15, 2022.
  • Speaker, “The Future of Digital, Data Protection and Security Regulation: What’s Coming Down the Track,” PrivSec Global, February 15, 2022.
  • Speaker, “Cross-Border Legal Challenges to International eDiscovery & Computer Forensic Investigations,” Global Legal Confex, April 28, 2021.
  • Speaker, “Dealing with Cross-Border Cybersecurity and Breach Regulations,” Governance, Risk & Compliance Confex, April 14, 2021.

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