Scott is co-lead of the firm’s Issues and Appeals practice group, and his practice includes all aspects of litigation.

He returned to the firm in 2009 after 20 years of judicial service at all levels of the Texas court system: six years on the Texas Supreme Court, three years as Justice and Chief Justice of the First and Fourteenth Courts of Appeals respectively, and eleven years as Judge of the 234th District Court. During those years he presided over 670 trials to verdict, and authored more than 600 appellate opinions, including 122 opinions of the Texas Supreme Court. 

Scott is board-certified in civil appellate, civil trial and personal injury trial law. He previously served on the Supreme Court Advisory Committee and on the Supreme Court Jury Task Force. He is a co-author of Texas Pretrial Practice and has written law review articles in the Baylor, Oak Brook, South Texas, and St. Mary's law reviews.


  • Justice, Texas Supreme Court (2003-2009)
  • Chief Justice, Fourteenth Court of Appeals (2001-2003)
  • Justice, First Court of Appeals (2001)
  • Judge, 234th District Court of Harris County (1989-2000)   
  • Board Certified – Civil Appellate, Civil Trial & Personal Injury Law Texas
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation, Houston Bar Foundation (1992-present)
  • Pattern Jury Charge Committee – Business, Consumer, Insurance & Employment (2015-present)

Awards & Recognition

  • Recognized as a Acritas Star for outstanding performance (2018)
  • Profiled as one of the leading Appellate (2010-2018) lawyers in Texas, Chambers & Partners USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers
  • Recognized in the Top 50 Central/West Texas Lawyers, Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters (published in Texas Monthly) (2015-2017). 
  • Recognized as a "Local Litigation Star" in Texas by Benchmark Litigation (2012-2019)
  • Recognized as a "Local Litigation Star" in the 5th Circuit (Texas) by Benchmark Appellate (2013)
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Appellate Practice (2012-2019)
  • Recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer in Appellate Law, Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters (published in Texas Monthly) (2013-2018). A description of the selection methodology can be found on Super Lawyers’ webpage


  • Events

    • Shut-ins: Savings or Termination? TexasBarCLE - Advanced Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law, September 29, 2017
    • Persuasion and Polemics: Exploring the Proper Role of Amicus Briefs? TexasBarCLE - Advanced Civil Appellate Practice, September 7, 2017
    • UT Law’s 27th Annual Conference on State and Federal Appeals, June 1, 2017
    • TexasBarCLE - Practice Before the Texas Supreme Court 2017, April 28, 2017
    • What Every In-House Lawyer Needs To Know About Trade Secrets, September 22, 2014
    • TexasBarCLE 27th Annual Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course, September 12-13, 2013
    • 2013 Legislative and Supreme Court Update, Houston Bar Association Civil/Appellate 2013 Bench Bar Conference, Houston, Texas, May 2, 2013
    • TexasBarCLE Judges Panel: How to Lose Your Case Through Poor Legal Writing, April 26, 2013
    • Jury Charge: The Swinging Pendulum of Broad Form Submission, The History of Texas Supreme Court Jurisprudence, Austin, Texas, April 11, 2013