John Scott’s practice areas include administrative and public law, antitrust, business, consumer, environmental, healthcare, insurance, commercial litigation, personal injury litigation, oil, gas and energy resources, construction, public utility, finance, arbitration, and contracts.
John graduated from the University of Texas with a B.A. in economics before attending South Texas College of Law, where he earned his J.D.
John first established his national reputation when he won a landmark victory as a plaintiff’s attorney in 1998 with an award of more than $28 million in an asbestos case, the largest jury verdict in such a case in United States history, at that time. The National Law Journal recognized the award as one of the largest judgments in the United States that year.
In 2001, John tried the first HMO case in Texas under the state’s Healthcare Liability Law. His victory on behalf of the defendant was recognized by the National Law Journal as the National Healthcare Verdict of the Year and the National Verdict Win of the Month.
In 2012, John became Deputy Attorney General of Civil Litigation for the Texas Attorney General’s Office. During that time, he spearheaded AG Greg Abbott’s efforts for a number of high-profile and international news-making cases. In addition, John served as Chairman for the State of Texas Medicaid Fraud Task Force.
Over the coming years, John continued to rise in Texas, taking over as the Chief Operating Officer of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and later chairman of the Texas Department of Information Resources.
- South Texas College of Law, J.D.
- University of Texas, B.A.
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Courts of Appeal, Second, Fifth, and Seventh Circuits
- U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas
John has appeared on NBC Nightly News, the New York Times, PBS, Dallas Morning News, the National Law Journal, Texas Lawyer, Associated Press and numerous other state news shows and newspapers.
When the nation’s eyes were focused on Amarillo, Texas, and the civil trial of the decade involving Oprah Winfrey, both CNN and Fox News turned to John for his legal opinion on both the trial and potential outcome. John’s prediction proved prophetic. When Bill O’Reilly asked John for his thoughts on who would be victorious in the trial, John correctly predicted Winfrey’s win.