As a Partner in the firm’s Data, Privacy and Security practice, Scott leverages his extensive experience as a former federal prosecutor and in senior leadership at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to counsel clients on the full range of privacy and security issues created by global data collection, use, storage, and transmission.
Scott advises multinational businesses in jurisdictions across the U.S. and E.U. on data privacy and security governance, including conducting top-down, enterprise-wide risk assessments, global privacy statutory and regulatory readiness and compliance, cross border data flow management, employee data management, vendor management, launching new practices through prepared training modules, and developing and deploying compliance playbooks. Scott also assists clients bring to market compliant applications and products that collect personal, financial, and other sensitive information; formulate and advance government advocacy strategies for privacy and data security related issues; prevent, prepare for, and respond to malign cyber activities; respond to inquiries and investigations by state and federal authorities; defend against privacy-related, multi-state class action lawsuits and state attorneys general matters; and manage regulatory and third-party notifications stemming from data breaches and unauthorized access issues. Scott is publicly recognized as a go-to authority on technology, privacy, and data security issues.
Scott has over 20 years of litigation and investigative experience. Prior to rejoining King & Spalding, Scott held senior positions at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Most recently, Scott served as Counsel for Cyber Investigations at DOJ’s National Security Division (NSD), where he developed and led national security investigations involving international cyber threats and economic espionage. In that position, he advised federal prosecutors, law enforcement agencies, and the intelligence community on cyber matters affecting national security and foreign relations, and he coordinated and conducted private sector outreach on cybersecurity.
Before NSD, Scott was Associate Deputy Attorney General at DOJ, providing counsel directly to the Deputy Attorney General and Attorney General on a range of significant legal, legislative, policy, and programmatic matters, with special emphasis on cyber and national security. Scott was DOJ’s lead attorney on White House and interagency policy groups addressing cyber incident response, cyber legislation, and national security issues.
Scott also served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Atlanta, where he was the office’s Computer Hacking/Intellectual Property Coordinator, tried numerous jury trials, and briefed and argued multiple cases before the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
While at DOJ, Scott investigated and prosecuted a wide array of criminal and national security cases, including involving international cyber threats, economic espionage, the illegal export of military and strategic commodities, fraud, public corruption, and money laundering.
Before DOJ, Scott was an associate with King & Spalding. He previously served as an Assistant District Attorney at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.