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Scott Barnard

Scott Barnard handles business litigation matters in both federal and state court, with particular experience in securities litigation. He represents public companies, directors and officers, broker-dealers and board committees in securities class actions, shareholder derivative lawsuits and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities arbitrations. He currently serves as Panel Counsel for the Directors and Officers Securities Claims and Investigation EdgeSMPanels of the American International Group. Chambers USA notes that clients describe Scott as “very tenacious, very creative and very good at getting successful outcomes for us," and appreciate that he “has great institutional knowledge and ensures that across the firm our matters are well coordinated.”


Scott has extensive trial experience, handling several matters as lead trial counsel in both jury trials and arbitrations. Previously, he served as an assistant district attorney with the Dallas County District Attorney’s office, where he tried more than 25 jury trials to verdict.


Additionally, Scott represents businesses involved in the EB-5 immigrant investor program, regularly working with regional centers and private equity funds to develop new projects that qualify for EB-5 investments. He also provides counsel on domestic and foreign regulatory requirements, broker-deal involvement, and ongoing compliance programs.


Scott defends and advises clients in matters involving:


Securities class actions
Shareholder derivative suits
Suits for breach of fiduciary duty and other business torts
Internal investigations
Investigations and other regulatory actions by FINRA, the Securities and Commission (SEC), and other authorities
Allegations of insider trading
Corporate governance matters.