Mr. Garelick is a trial lawyer. With over 20 years of practice, Scott has prosecuted and defended complex commercial and criminal cases in State and Federal Courts throughout the United States. Scott has obtained significant judgments, awards and settlements for plaintiffs, and successfully represented individual and corporate clients in complex, document-intensive cases involving hundreds of millions of dollars and the risk of criminal exposure.
Prior to going into private practice, Scott was a trial attorney with the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice. At the Antitrust Division, he investigated nationwide and worldwide cartels involving some of the largest and most well-known companies in the world, through grand jury and trial. As a result of Scott’s success as a first-chair prosecutor, he was given an eighteen-month detail as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas. There, he successfully prosecuted large conspiracy cases in the Northern District of Texas.
Areas of Expertise and Representative Clients
In private practice, Scott has successfully litigated in the areas of: complex commercial litigation; employment and employment-related matters, including non-competition and non-solicitation cases, executive and wrongful termination claims, discrimination and retaliation claims, and wage and hour issues; intellectual property and trade secrets; parallel civil and criminal investigations and lawsuits; real estate matters, including mineral rights, title issues and commercial leases; lender liability claims; securities and securities class actions; complex insurance matters; and white collar criminal cases. Representative matters include:
- Defended developer of continuing care retirement communities in a putative class action brought in Federal Court in Pennsylvania seeking return of over $30 million in fees and deposits;
- Represented health care operations provider in lawsuits in State and Federal Court relating to intellectual property and trade secrets, labor and employment, and contractual issues;
- Represented a large commercial real estate broker and manager in a variety of real estate and employment related lawsuits;
- Represented energy company in a lawsuit over title to mineral rights in East Texas, as well as various other matters involving state and Federal oversight;
- Defended two large hedge funds in a lawsuit brought by 300 German nationals with regard to the construction of a Super Mall in Seattle;
- Represented several banks in lawsuits concerning acquisitions and letters of intent, distressed loans, foreclosures, and document productions;
- Represented Dallas-based investor in disputes related to the purchase of various debt instruments;
- Represented New York-based investment bank in connection with a dispute over the purchase of distressed debt instruments;
- Defended a private security provider in a dispute over a multi-million dollar escrow payment;
- Represented former Superintendent of the Dallas Independent School District in a slander and wrongful termination lawsuit against the school district;
- Represented energy company in employment-related matters as well as a multi-million dollar contractual dispute;
- Represented several communications and technology companies in connection with intellectual property litigation; and
- Represented a large health insurance company in connection with commercial matters, including those pending in Bankruptcy Court.
Scott has also represented companies and individuals in criminal matters, including an insurance executive charged with criminal fraud; two executives of a Dallas-based company in connection with a fraud investigation in the Southern District of California related to Peregrine Systems; tax attorneys in connection with the Federal government’s investigation of the Wyly brothers; and numerous other individuals charged with federal felonies in the Northern District of Texas.