Scott, a partner in the Washington, DC office, has a decade and a half of experience handling complex international investment and commercial arbitrations in the oil and gas, construction, energy, mining, gaming, defence, technology, and agribusiness sectors. In addition to his private practice in international arbitration, he has served as an attorney-advisor at the U.S. Department of State and at an international organisation. He is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches a course on advocacy in international arbitration.
Scott’s recent experience includes:
- Representing a GCC state-owned water utility in a commercial arbitration over delays and defects in the performance of contracts to expand and improve an urban water distribution network;
- Representing a European construction company in a Paris-seated ICC arbitration involving a project in a CIS state under a $600 million contract governed by local law;
- Representing a consortium of international oil and gas companies in a series of disputes with a CIS state under a PSA, including an arbitration concerning tens of billions in disputed cost recovery amounts;
- Representing a Middle Eastern State as respondent in the successful defence of a US$ 200 million ICSID arbitration claim relating to the termination of a long-term oil and gas engineering and construction contract and in the defence of the award in ongoing annulment proceedings;
- Representing a global power generation company in a London-seated, New York law-governed ICC arbitration relating to the termination of a project to develop a coal-fired power station in a South East European state;
- Representing a Middle Eastern state in an ICC arbitration relating to hundreds of millions in disputed cost recovery claims and other issues at the conclusion of a PSA’s term;
- Representing an Asian national oil company as respondent in a London-seated, English law ICC arbitration arising out of its withdrawal from an exploration project in a Central Asian country – the claims valued at over US$ 400 million were dismissed with costs;
- Representing a European gaming company and its controlling shareholder in multiple LCIA arbitrations arising out of a European state’s breaches of contracts;
- Representing a French-German consortium in a € 3 billion Stockholm-seated ICC arbitration arising out of a Finnish law contract to construct a nuclear power plant in Finland;
Who’s Who Legal has recognised him every year since 2016, noting that clients singled him out as “one of the smartest lawyers I have ever worked with”, describing him as “a thoughtful and well-regarded practitioner”, and praised his “impressive pre-hearing preparation and his advocacy”. He is listed in The Legal 500’s 2019 UK Arbitration Powerlist and recommended in The Legal 500 UK where he “attracts praise for his ability to ‘master complex issues’”.
Scott holds JD, MA, and BA degrees from Yale University, as well was an MPA degree from Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. He is qualified as an attorney in New York and the District of Columbia and as a barrister in England & Wales and speaks English, French, German, Russian, and basic Latvian.
“A very talented arbitration practitioner”
– Who’s Who Legal
“Has great attention to detail and a client friendly approach”
– Who’s Who Legal
“A thoughtful and well-regarded practitioner”
– Who’s Who Legal