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Thomas Scott

Miami Managing Partner



Thomas Scott was the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida from 1997-2000. During this time, his accomplishments include prosecution of racketeering and conspiracy charges against some of South Florida's most violent street gangs, Medicare fraud cases against four major health care companies, sweeping reforms in airline and airport security (with prosecutions ranging from cases against baggage handlers to airlines) for issues including drug smuggling and cargo safety, and prosecutions of corrupt politicians.  He is an active participant in the firm's SIU Fraud Division representing carriers by bringing affirmative complaints and counterclaims on their behalf.

Mr. Scott is listed in Who's Who in American Law and serves as the chairman of the Florida Bar Association's Standing Committee on Professionalism. He was a Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit for Dade County from 1979 to 1984. He was appointed as a United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of Florida where he served from 1985 to 1990. He was also an instructor at St. Thomas University School of Law, the University of Miami School of Law, the University of Florida Law School and Nova University Law School.

He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Juris Doctor from the University of Miami and a Master of Laws from the University of Virginia.

Mr. Scott is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of Florida, and all courts within the State of Florida.

Mr. Scott is a Martindale-Hubbell rated A.V. attorney. He is a member of The Florida Bar, The American Bar Association, The United States District Judges' Association and the Lawyers Advisory Cod States District Court of the Southern District of Florida and past Chairman of the Southern District Grievance Committee. Selected as one of the top 1.7% of Civil Trial Lawyers in the State of Florida by Florida Trend Magazine Committee for the Southern District of Florida. He is a member of The Judicial Nominating Committee, Northern, Southern and Middle Districts. Additionally, he is a member and fellow of the Product Liability Advisory Council Foundation, Co-Chairman of The American Bar Association Committee on Discovery Under the Litigation Section, past Chairman on the Security Committee of the Unite (2005-2006); Florida Super Lawyers (2006-2007, 2009-2018); The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of criminal defense: white-collar (2009 - 2022).

His areas of expertise include banking and financial and class action litigation, aviation and marine/admiralty claims, defense of lawyers, directors, officers and corporate clients as well as handling appellate, SIU fraud investigations, coverage and bad faith matters. He is also a well recognized expert in the defense of white collar criminal investigations and charges from inception through trial and appeal.


  • American Bar Association
  • United States District Judges' Association
  • Lawyers Advisory Committee for the Southern District of Florida
  • Judicial Nominating Committee for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida



  • University of Virginia, L.L.M.
  • University of Miami, J.D.
  • University of Miami, B.A., Economics


  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court: Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals: 9th Circuit, 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
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