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Scott Edson is a partner in the Washington, DC office of King & Spalding LLP and a member of the Trial & Global Disputes practice group. Scott has extensive experience representing clients in complex litigation, including class actions, mass actions, multidistrict litigation, in both state and federal court. Scott has represented clients in all stages of litigation from initial pleadings, through discovery, trial, and appeal to state courts of last resort and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a frequent writer and lecturer on various aspects of law and legal practice.

Speeches and Publications

  • Chapter: Lights, Camera, Procedural History: Storytelling on Appeal, Defense Research Institute (forthcoming 2019)
  • Panel Discussion: Jury Selection in Complex Cases, Florida Conference of Circuit Judges (August 2019)
  • Article: 5 Ways To Confront Potential Deepfake Evidence In Court, Law360 (July 26, 2019) (with Kathryn Lehman & Victoria Smith)
  • CLE: Leverage the Legal Issues Specialist at Trial (January 2019) (with Kathryn Lehman & Val Leppert)
  • Article: A Breed Apart: The Legal Issues Specialist in High-Stakes TrialsThe Voice (Defense Research Institute August 22, 2018) (with Kathryn S. Lehman)
  • CLE: Closing Arguments: The Last Bastion Against a Bad Verdict, DRI (July 2018) (with Kathryn Lehman)
  • Chapter: Predictive Coding and Collaboration: an Actos Case Study, in Ethics in Context Summer 2014 (PLI)
  • The Common Issue in Mass Tort Consolidation, Law360 (Sept. 22, 2009) (with Matthew M. Shors)
  • Title VI or Bust?: A practical Evaluation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act as an Environmental Justice Remedy, 16 Fordham Envt’l L. Rev. 141 (2004)
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Credentials

J.D., Duke University School of Law, Order of the Coif

B.A. History, University of Florida, Phi Beta Kappa

District of Columbia

Florida

Indiana

U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Law Clerk, Hon. Robert B. King, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Super Lawyers Rising Star for Class Actions and Mass Torts (Washington, DC)


2013-2018

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Super Lawyers Rising Star for Class Actions and Mass Torts (Washington, DC)


2013-2018

Matters

Briefing and arguing successful appeal from $42 million judgment (R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. v. Schlefstein, ___ So. 3d ___ (Fla. 4th DCA 2019))

Co-authoring briefs in successful appeal from $46.5 million verdicts (R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. v. Ryan, 231 So. 3d 484 (Fla. 4th DCA 2017))

Extensive jury trial experience in Engle progeny tobacco cases in Florida state court, including

o        Ruiz v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. (Fla. 15th Cir. 2019) (jury trial resulting in defense verdict)

o        Zingaro v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. (Fla. 17th Cir. 2019) (jury trial resulting in defense verdict for client)

o         Cohen v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. (Fla. 11th Cir. 2018) (jury trial resulting in defense verdict)

o         Kogan v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. (Fla. 15th Cir. 2017) (jury trial resulting in defense verdict)

o          Dubinsky v. Philip Morris USA Inc. (Fla. 18th Cir. 2016) (jury trial resulting in defense verdict)

o          E.A. Smith v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. (Fla. 15th Cir. 2016) (jury trial resulting in defense verdict)

o          Shulman v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. (Fla. 15th Cir. 2015) (jury trial resulting in defense verdict)

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Matters

Briefing and arguing successful appeal from $42 million judgment (R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. v. Schlefstein, ___ So. 3d ___ (Fla. 4th DCA 2019))

Co-authoring briefs in successful appeal from $46.5 million verdicts (R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. v. Ryan, 231 So. 3d 484 (Fla. 4th DCA 2017))

Extensive jury trial experience in Engle progeny tobacco cases in Florida state court, including

o        Ruiz v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. (Fla. 15th Cir. 2019) (jury trial resulting in defense verdict)

o        Zingaro v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. (Fla. 17th Cir. 2019) (jury trial resulting in defense verdict for client)

o         Cohen v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. (Fla. 11th Cir. 2018) (jury trial resulting in defense verdict)

o         Kogan v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. (Fla. 15th Cir. 2017) (jury trial resulting in defense verdict)

o          Dubinsky v. Philip Morris USA Inc. (Fla. 18th Cir. 2016) (jury trial resulting in defense verdict)

o          E.A. Smith v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. (Fla. 15th Cir. 2016) (jury trial resulting in defense verdict)

o          Shulman v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. (Fla. 15th Cir. 2015) (jury trial resulting in defense verdict)

Obtaining directed verdict in punitive-damages only retrial (Hardin v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. (Fla. 11th Cir. 2018))

Overseeing case-wide strategy for defendant in multi-defendant product liability multidistrict litigation that resulted in litigation-wide summary judgment for client (In re Incretin-Based Therapies Products Liability Litig., MDL No. 2452 (S.D. Cal. 2013-2014))

Co-authoring briefs in successful appeal to Arkansas Supreme Court from $1.4 billion judgment in favor of Arkansas Attorney General (Janssen Pharmaceutica, Inc. v. State, 432 S.W.3d 563  (Ark. 2014))

Co-authoring briefs in successful appeal to Louisiana Supreme Court from $330 million judgment in favor of Louisiana Attorney General (Caldwell ex rel. State v. Janssen Pharmaceutica, Inc., 144 So. 3d 898 (La. 2014))

Co-authoring briefs in successful appeal of personal injury judgment in maritime asbestos case (Minton v. Exxon Mobil Corp., 737 S.E.2d 16 (Va. 2013))

Representing operator of fractional aircraft ownership program in successfully challenging retroactive imposition of state property tax (NetJets Aviation, Inc. v. Guillory, 207 Cal.App.4th 26 (2012)

Successfully briefing and arguing criminal appeal in state intermediate appellate court and court of last resort, which resulted in new trial for client (State v. Simms, 25 A.3d 144 (Md. 2011), aff’g 4 A.3d 72 (Md. Ct. Spec. App. 2010))

Successfully briefing and arguing appeal in consumer fraud action, which resulted in published opinion affirming pre-discovery dismissal of proposed nationwide consumer fraud class action (Whiting v. AARP, 637 F.3d 355 (D.C. Cir. 2011))

Co-authoring briefs in appeal that successfully defended pre-discovery dismissal of proposed ERISA nationwide class action against major health insurer (Lieberman v. United Healthcare Ins. Co., 413 F. App’x. 171 (11th Cir. 2011))

Co-authoring appellate briefs in successful interlocutory appeal from adverse class certification decision (Sacred Heart Health Sys., Inc. v. Humana Military Healthcare Servs., Inc., 601 F.3d 1159 (11th Cir. 2010))

Successfully briefing and arguing appeal regarding standing to enforce administrative procedures (Lemon v. Geren, 514 F.3d 1312 (DC Cir. 2008))

Co-authoring Supreme Court merits briefs in criminal appeal regarding reach of federal money-laundering statute, which resulted in judgment of acquittal (Cuellar v. United States, 553 U.S. 550 (2008))

Co-authoring petition for writ of certiorari and subsequent remand briefing in criminal appeal from federal money laundering convictions, which resulted in judgment of acquittal (United States v. Ness, 565 F.3d 73 (2d Cir. 2009))

Successfully representing health care patent owner in appealfrom adverse judgment (Central Admixture Pharmacy Services, Inc. v. Advanced Cardiac Solutions, P.C., 281 F. App’x 987 (Fed. Cir. 2008))

Successfully representing major liability insurer in appeal from adverse coverage determination (BASF, Inc. v. Great American Assurance Co., 522 F.3d 813 (7th Cir. 2008))

Matters

Briefing and arguing successful appeal from $42 million judgment (R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. v. Schlefstein, ___ So. 3d ___ (Fla. 4th DCA 2019))

Co-authoring briefs in successful appeal from $46.5 million verdicts (R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. v. Ryan, 231 So. 3d 484 (Fla. 4th DCA 2017))

Extensive jury trial experience in Engle progeny tobacco cases in Florida state court, including

o        Ruiz v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. (Fla. 15th Cir. 2019) (jury trial resulting in defense verdict)

o        Zingaro v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. (Fla. 17th Cir. 2019) (jury trial resulting in defense verdict for client)

o         Cohen v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. (Fla. 11th Cir. 2018) (jury trial resulting in defense verdict)

o         Kogan v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. (Fla. 15th Cir. 2017) (jury trial resulting in defense verdict)

o          Dubinsky v. Philip Morris USA Inc. (Fla. 18th Cir. 2016) (jury trial resulting in defense verdict)

o          E.A. Smith v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. (Fla. 15th Cir. 2016) (jury trial resulting in defense verdict)

o          Shulman v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. (Fla. 15th Cir. 2015) (jury trial resulting in defense verdict)

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Briefing and arguing successful appeal from $42 million judgment (R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. v. Schlefstein, ___ So. 3d ___ (Fla. 4th DCA 2019))

Co-authoring briefs in successful appeal from $46.5 million verdicts (R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. v. Ryan, 231 So. 3d 484 (Fla. 4th DCA 2017))

Extensive jury trial experience in Engle progeny tobacco cases in Florida state court, including

o        Ruiz v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. (Fla. 15th Cir. 2019) (jury trial resulting in defense verdict)

o        Zingaro v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. (Fla. 17th Cir. 2019) (jury trial resulting in defense verdict for client)

o         Cohen v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. (Fla. 11th Cir. 2018) (jury trial resulting in defense verdict)

o         Kogan v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. (Fla. 15th Cir. 2017) (jury trial resulting in defense verdict)

o          Dubinsky v. Philip Morris USA Inc. (Fla. 18th Cir. 2016) (jury trial resulting in defense verdict)

o          E.A. Smith v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. (Fla. 15th Cir. 2016) (jury trial resulting in defense verdict)

o          Shulman v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. (Fla. 15th Cir. 2015) (jury trial resulting in defense verdict)

Obtaining directed verdict in punitive-damages only retrial (Hardin v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. (Fla. 11th Cir. 2018))

Overseeing case-wide strategy for defendant in multi-defendant product liability multidistrict litigation that resulted in litigation-wide summary judgment for client (In re Incretin-Based Therapies Products Liability Litig., MDL No. 2452 (S.D. Cal. 2013-2014))

Co-authoring briefs in successful appeal to Arkansas Supreme Court from $1.4 billion judgment in favor of Arkansas Attorney General (Janssen Pharmaceutica, Inc. v. State, 432 S.W.3d 563  (Ark. 2014))

Co-authoring briefs in successful appeal to Louisiana Supreme Court from $330 million judgment in favor of Louisiana Attorney General (Caldwell ex rel. State v. Janssen Pharmaceutica, Inc., 144 So. 3d 898 (La. 2014))

Co-authoring briefs in successful appeal of personal injury judgment in maritime asbestos case (Minton v. Exxon Mobil Corp., 737 S.E.2d 16 (Va. 2013))

Representing operator of fractional aircraft ownership program in successfully challenging retroactive imposition of state property tax (NetJets Aviation, Inc. v. Guillory, 207 Cal.App.4th 26 (2012)

Successfully briefing and arguing criminal appeal in state intermediate appellate court and court of last resort, which resulted in new trial for client (State v. Simms, 25 A.3d 144 (Md. 2011), aff’g 4 A.3d 72 (Md. Ct. Spec. App. 2010))

Successfully briefing and arguing appeal in consumer fraud action, which resulted in published opinion affirming pre-discovery dismissal of proposed nationwide consumer fraud class action (Whiting v. AARP, 637 F.3d 355 (D.C. Cir. 2011))

Co-authoring briefs in appeal that successfully defended pre-discovery dismissal of proposed ERISA nationwide class action against major health insurer (Lieberman v. United Healthcare Ins. Co., 413 F. App’x. 171 (11th Cir. 2011))

Co-authoring appellate briefs in successful interlocutory appeal from adverse class certification decision (Sacred Heart Health Sys., Inc. v. Humana Military Healthcare Servs., Inc., 601 F.3d 1159 (11th Cir. 2010))

Successfully briefing and arguing appeal regarding standing to enforce administrative procedures (Lemon v. Geren, 514 F.3d 1312 (DC Cir. 2008))

Co-authoring Supreme Court merits briefs in criminal appeal regarding reach of federal money-laundering statute, which resulted in judgment of acquittal (Cuellar v. United States, 553 U.S. 550 (2008))

Co-authoring petition for writ of certiorari and subsequent remand briefing in criminal appeal from federal money laundering convictions, which resulted in judgment of acquittal (United States v. Ness, 565 F.3d 73 (2d Cir. 2009))

Successfully representing health care patent owner in appealfrom adverse judgment (Central Admixture Pharmacy Services, Inc. v. Advanced Cardiac Solutions, P.C., 281 F. App’x 987 (Fed. Cir. 2008))

Successfully representing major liability insurer in appeal from adverse coverage determination (BASF, Inc. v. Great American Assurance Co., 522 F.3d 813 (7th Cir. 2008))

Credentials

J.D., Duke University School of Law, Order of the Coif

B.A. History, University of Florida, Phi Beta Kappa

District of Columbia

Florida

Indiana

U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Law Clerk, Hon. Robert B. King, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Super Lawyers Rising Star for Class Actions and Mass Torts (Washington, DC)


2013-2018

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Recognition

Super Lawyers Rising Star for Class Actions and Mass Torts (Washington, DC)


2013-2018