Scott’s business experience and acumen, attention to detail and creative thinking allows him to provide comprehensive and effective business and legal solutions for his clients.
One of Scott’s clients states, “If you are looking for someone to provide high-end business and legal services Scott should be at the top of your list.” Scott provides general counsel representation to family and closely held businesses and their owners, in many business segments, including businesses in the staffing, logistics, manufacturing, professional services, construction, food production and processing, sports, creative and entertainment industries.
Scott identifies opportunities and solutions and strategically partners with business owners and executives to help them monetize their businesses and assets, develop business strategies, grow profitability and determine successful succession and exit strategies. Scott utilizes his experience and skills to successfully negotiate agreements, contracts and transactions for his clients. Scott has developed a Core Counsel Program to assist his clients. The Core Counsel Program provides clients with an established team of lawyers dedicated to their businesses and legal needs.
Adept at business law, Scott has extensive experience with general counsel representation, business organization and reorganization, strategy and negotiation, acquisitions and sales, private equity and debt financing, governance planning, sports monetizing planning, including sponsorships, endorsements, merchandising and license agreements, and estate and business succession planning.
Scott has experience with four professional sports leagues—basketball (NBA), hockey (NHL), baseball (MLB) and football (NFL)—as well as experience with amateur junior hockey, USA Hockey, soccer and swimming. Scott is counsel to the United States Hockey League and is a member of the Legal Council for USA Hockey.
Some of the clients who have trusted Scott with their business matters include Taylor Corporation, Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx, Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Wild, Värde Partners Inc., System Design Advantage LLC, Heartland Equity Management LLC, Microtrace LLC, King Solutions, Inc., BI Consulting Group, LLC, Antenna Inc., Innocent Technologies LLC, Hollstadt & Associates, Inc., Safeway Hydraulics, Inc., Preston Kelly, Inc., Kagan Binder PLLC, Veloci Performance Products, Inc., Gardner Builders LLC; Pediatech Nursing LLC, Verified Credentials, Inc., All American Foods, Inc., On-Demand Group and Baker Investments, Inc.
News & Insights
Emcee, “Betting on the Business of Sports,” April 5, 2019
Presentation on April 27, 2016 regarding "Business Succession Planning," Project: Business™
Presentation on May 13, 2015 regarding "Managing Business Conflicts in a Closely-Held Business," Project: Business™
Presentation at William Mitchell College of Law on November 18, 2014 regarding working in the sports industry
Presentation with Platinum Group on February 12, 2013 regarding ways to transfer ownership of your business to the next generations
Emcee and presenter, "Heading for the Exit: Designing a Strategy for Transitioning Your Business," Project: Business™, William Mitchell College of Law, May 17, 2012
Presentation with M&I Marshall & Illsley Bank (now BMO Harris Bank) on April 14, 2011 regarding business succession planning
Presentation for the University of St. Thomas Law School on March 10, 2010 regarding representing the sports team
Presentation with Cincinnatus Partners on October 28, 2009 regarding transitioning your agency-the nuts and bolts of internal and external transitions
Presentation with Cincinnatus Partners for the Professional Insurance Agents of Minnesota on September 3, 2009, regarding maximizing the value of your business and key transition strategies
Presentation for the University of St. Thomas Law School on November 15, 2007, regarding sports law
Interview regarding Planning for the Future, Collaborative Legacy Partners blog, January 31, 2014,
Interview article regarding important considerations for buying and selling businesses, Upsize Magazine, August 2011,
"How to Grow Your Business or Sell It" for Leonard, Street and Deinard, P.A. clients and referral sources, January 2011
"Now is the Time to Strengthen Your Business, Whether You Intend to Grow It or Sell It," Minnesota Business, July 2010
Question and Answer Article in An Opportunistic Market - the M&A Marketplace for Insurance Agencies & Brokerages in 2009 regarding a Minnesota perspective on mergers and acquisitions with Cincinnatus Partners
Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers®
Professional & Civic Activities
Professional & Civic Activities
Co-Chair of Stinson’s Corporate Counsel and Sports & Recreation practice sub-groups
Mitchell Hamline School of Law Center for Law and Business, Board of Advisors
Aaron Grider Foundation, Board of Directors
Burl Oaks Golf Club, Board of Directors and President
Twin Cities Dunkers; a business and community group that recognizes sporting achievement
Sports Lawyers Association
City of Minneapolis, Downtown Experience Committee
Minnesotans for Major League Baseball (sponsored by the Minnesota Twins), Steering Committee
Practices & Industries
- U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
William Mitchell College of Law (now Mitchell Hamline School of Law), J.D., 1983
University of Minnesota, B.A., magna cum laude, 1980