Van Scott was ‘born and raised’ in Saint Louis, Missouri. His parents were hard working ‘blue collar’ people who always had some ‘small business’ venture of their own, from restaurants and bakeries to producing their own classic jazz labels and albums. He matriculated at DeAndreis High School where he received an academic/athletic scholarship to attend Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri – a Jesuit Institution. There he earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology and immediately upon graduation was recruited into the insurance industry as a reinsurance underwriter, and later by AT&T as a marketing executive. After a meteoric rise in corporate America, he decided to attend law school at Southern University Law Center-Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he obtained his Juris Doctorate Degree. There, Mr. Scott excelled in Moot Court competition and was recognized by the Louisiana Foundation for Law & Society, along with a select other few law students in the State of Louisiana. He was admitted the State Bar of Louisiana in 1988. He later moved to Atlanta Georgia where he was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 1992. Mr. Scott brings a wealth of business savvy to the table when representing his clients in negotiations or when litigating various sorts disputes whether they be business transactions amongst small, mid-sized and large corporations, or the assertion of claims against major corporations, insurance companies and financial institutions. He is very professional and largely respected amongst his peers as a lawyer of integrity and persuasiveness in and out of the courtroom. Mr. Scott has represented clients from Rome to Savannah, Georgia. He has been admitted to practice in various State and Federal courts, including Georgia, Texas and Louisiana. He made special appearances the Court of Chancery, Chicago, Illinois where he assisted mentor and ‘uncle,’ Ed Williams, Esq., CPA and attorney for superstars like the now deceased Bernie Mac.
Mr. Scott’s practice-area expertise spans a broad-spectrum of business law, contract law, employment law, personal injury/insurance law, banking, and immigration law. More recently, Mr. Scott has been applied his wisdom and skills to the assistance of the ‘undocumented immigrant’ who not only needs representation in immigration court, but in a various other area of life while they are adjusting and aspiring to become members of this Great Society.
Verdicts & Settlements
Awarded $1,000,000 minority manufacturer’s contract with Sam’ Wholesale Club – Bentonviile, Arkansas.
Awarded $1,000,000 default judgment against foreign bank.
Certificates of Need (CON) for medical treatment facilities
GRASP (Greater Atlanta Small Business Project) – Special Counsel
Board of Director for Community Health Care Services, Inc. owned by Mildred Skipwith-Drayton
Closing attorney for the original Dekalb County Minority Manufacturer Incubator-Dekalb County
Participant in HBCU student loan collections to help prevent institutional default
Resolution Trust Corporation – participated in commercial claims pertaining to failed S&L Banks
ABSS = Washington, D.C. minority contractor for installation of Georgia’s first automated voting machines
Savannah Entrepreneurial Center (sponsored by City of Savannah and HUD) – Designed/conducted quarterly business law seminars
Georgia Contractor’s College – Law Instructor
Foundation De Manana (anti-drunk driving advocates) – General Counsel (CEO-Federico Carpentero)
Barclays Bank – successfully litigated international bank fraud claim on behalf of professional boxer
Quartette Tres Bien (Renown Jazz Group) – General Counsel/Producer
Georgeville Entertainment (Los Angeles) – General Counsel for funding and finance production of film and distribution
Jonah Capital Enterprises – General Counsel for certain USA matters
Urban Bush Women, N.Y.C. – Defended organization in litigation in New Orleans, Louisiana litigation
Honors & Achievements
B.A, Psychology – Rockhurst University
J.D from Southern University Law Center-Baton Rouge, LA
Moot Court Award – Louisiana Law Society
Loyola University Bar Review-New Orleans
Law Clerk – Louisiana Attorney General (Honorable William Guste)
Admitted to the State Bar of Louisiana (1988)*
Admitted to the State Bar of Georgia (1992)
Admitted to practice before the Georgia Supreme Court – sworn in by the Honorable Justice Benham
Admitted to the Northern District of Georgia
Admitted to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeal
Admitted Pro Hac Vice – In the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia.
Admitted Pro Hac Vice – In the Northern District of Texas – Dallas Division
Admitted Pro Hac Vice – In the Court of Chancery, Chicago, Illinois