A real estate and lending litigator with significant first-chair experience in bench and jury trials, Scott focuses on delivering efficient and reliable client service.
Scott represents lenders, servicers, home owners, title insurance agents and underwriters on a wide spectrum of issues surrounding property ownership and real estate secured lending. These matters often involve fraud, dishonesty, defalcation, mistakes and technical errors that prevent an intended real estate transaction from coming to fruition. He has handled thousands of real estate cases and title insurance claims with a track record of success.
Scott focuses on his clients’ business goals to achieve results. He has extensive experience through all phases of litigation including trials, summary judgments, dispositive motion practice, mediation and settlement negotiations. He has achieved successful results in a variety of matters, including mechanic’s lien disputes, vexatious refusal/bad faith, mortgage and deed reformation, breach of contract, trespass, easement and lack of access, lien priority disputes, foreclosure complications, fraud and defalcation, collection and recoupment, breach of warranty, actions on accounts, post-judgment discovery and collection issues. Scott is a frequent speaker and presenter at CLE seminars and has spoken on issues such as recession-related title defects, mechanic’s liens, title insurance fundamentals, landlord and tenant law, mediation and presenting evidence in real estate cases. Missouri Lawyers Media recognized Scott's involvement in obtaining one of Missouri's largest defense verdicts. Scott holds an "AV Preeminent" rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Most recently, Scott was named to the 2019 "40 & Under Hot List" by Benchmark Litigation.
Scott lives in Webster Groves, Missouri with his wife, son and daughter and enjoys drumming, reading and travel.
Scott conducted a nationwide curative system of resolving a widespread fraud ring on behalf of a national mortgage lender regarding fraudulent instruments affecting over 50 properties.
Scott prevailed on summary judgment in a Florida fraudulent conveyance action and succeeded in quieting title in favor of a national lender.
Scott resolves title defects and protects clients' real property interests from legal threats involving fraud, forgery, lien priority disputes, bankruptcy and probate problems, post-closing errors, breach of contract actions and many other attacks on title, including prevailing on over a dozen bench and jury trials involving title issues; securing scores of summary judgments resolving real estate defects based on equitable principles such as estoppel, subrogation, replacement theory, ratification and other theories; and has designed and implemented system of uniformly resolving most common title defects consensually.
His reported cases include: Peoples National Bank, N.A. v. Patricia Fish, ED107584 (Mo. Ct. App. 2020); Medina v. Dankowski, Ill. App. 1st Cir 173055-U (2019); Fastnacht v. Ge, et al., W.D. Mo. 78705 (2016); Tetrault v. Yankowski, E.D. Mo. 101254 (2015); Landrith v. Summers, 346 P. 3d 1113 (KS App. 2015); Fannie Mae v. Pace, 415 SW 3d 697 (E.D. Mo. 2013); American Advisors Group v. Cockrell, 2020 IL App (1st) 190623.
News & Insights
- Press Release08.02.2019
- Press Release01.16.2018
Title Law Boot Camp, NBI CLE Presentation, June 1, 2010
"Title Issues Impacting Mortgages," National CLE, Minneapolis, MN, June 2019
"Title Policies, Endorsements and Claims," NBI, December 2013 and 2018
"Title Law Boot Camp," NBI, November, 2018
"Top Ten Title Defects Cured, NBI," March 2016
"Title Policy Endorsements and Exclusions," NBI, October 2015
"Litigating Easements,” NBI, St. Louis, MO, May 2015
"Title Policies, Endorsements and Claims," NBI, January 2015
"Top Ten Title Defects Cured," NBI, February 2014
"Fundamental Title Insurance," NBI, October 2011
"How to Cure Mechanic’s Lien Title Exceptions," Fall 2010
"Presenting Evidence in Real Estate Cases,” Missouri Bar Real Estate Institute, April 2010
"Landlord Tenant Update," June 2010
Scott's articles on real estate practice have been published by the Journal of the Missouri Bar and the ABA's Title Insurance Litigation Committee's Newsletter.
"Barring the "Mutual Mistake" Escape Hatch to Reformation," ABA Title Litigation Committee Newsletter, Summer 2016
"Replacement Theory as Viable Alternative to Equitable Subrogation," ABA Title Litigation Committee Newsletter, Winter 2015
"Distinguishing Between Fraud Based and Mistake Based CPL Damages," ABA Title Litigation Committee Newsletter, Fall 2015
"Is Equitable Subrogation Dead for Lenders and Insurers in Missouri?" Journal of the Missouri Bar, July/August 2010
Named to 2019 "40 & Under Hot List" by Benchmark Litigation
Martindale-Hubbell "AV Preeminent" rating
Largest Defense Verdicts Award, Missouri Lawyers Media
Professional & Civic Activities
Professional & Civic Activities
St. Louis County Older Residents Program
Catholic Lawyers Guild of Kansas City
Illinois State Bar Association
Kansas Bar Association
Missouri Bar Association
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
Plan Commission, City of Webster Groves, Missouri
American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice section, Rising Chair of Title Insurance Litigation Committee
- United States District Court for the District of Kansas
- United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri
- United States District Courts for the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of Illinois
Saint Louis University School of Law, J.D., 2006
Southern Illinois University, B.A., with honors, 2002
- Attended the University of Southern California, 1997-2000