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Scott Bernstein represents clients in campus disciplinary matters, white-collar criminal cases, and in complex civil litigation. An experienced litigator, Scott’s ability to distill complicated factual and legal issues into clear and compelling arguments has helped his clients on campuses and in courts across the country.
In his campus disciplinary practice, Scott has defended college and graduate students facing suspension or expulsion in student misconduct proceedings. He has also represented the victims in student disciplinary cases. His deep knowledge of federal and state law related to campus judicial systems and procedures ensures that his clients’ rights are protected at every step of the process—and, if necessary, in court. Scott’s white-collar criminal defense experience has included advising individuals and entities in criminal investigations and prosecutions in both federal and state court; and he has represented numerous clients in high-stakes business disputes.
Before joining KaiserDillon PLLC, Scott handled a wide range of matters, with a particular focus on litigation and investigations involving the federal government, at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP. There, he represented small businesses, major government contractors, and large financial institutions in cases ranging from contract disputes to a class action alleging violations of the Fair Housing Act. He also maintained an active pro bono practice, devoting hundreds of hours to the representation of a volunteer community-based organization.
Scott began his legal career in New York City at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. At Cravath, Scott’s practice focused on high-stakes commercial disputes, including securities, antitrust, and auditors’ liability litigation. He represented a variety of clients, including a professional services firm, an airline, and a leading global agricultural company.
Scott also developed a significant understanding of the federal court system and engaged with a variety of civil and criminal legal issues as a law clerk for the Honorable Katherine B. Forrest of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. As one of Judge Forrest’s first law clerks, Scott helped establish the practices and procedures that govern litigation before the Court.
Outside of his work at KaiserDillon, Scott is proud to be an active member of the D.C. community. He is the Vice Chair of ADL NextGen, the young professional branch of the Anti-Defamation League’s Washington, D.C. region. He is the Chair of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia’s Young Lawyers Section. And he is a Member of the D.C. Bar’s Election Board, as well as its Moot Court Committee.
Scott is a graduate of Duke University School of Law and earned a Bachelor of Arts in History, magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania.
He is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia, New York State, and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
- J.D., Duke University School of Law
- B.A., University of Pennsylvania
- Clerkship, The Honorable Katherine B. Forrest, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
Scott Bernstein and Justin Dillon Opinion Piece in The Washington Post – “The Common App will no longer require disclosure of criminal history. But what it still asks is more troubling.”August 23, 2018