Scott’s practice started in Chicago working for two of the most innovative construction lawyers in the country, Steven G.M. Stein and Stephen Ray, who have trained many of the nation’s top lawyers in the field. Scott also was fortunate enough to work with Lee A. Freeman, Jr., regarded by many as Chicago’s most successful civil trial lawyer in the 1990s.
Over the past 25 years, which included a move to Milwaukee, Scott’s practice has focused on construction disputes, including code compliance, delay claims, design and contract disputes.
Scott is now one of the most experienced construction attorneys in the state, having handled over 100 construction related trials. He has over 5,000 hours of in-trial experience handling construction issues, including arguing hundreds of substantive motions, and conducting well over a thousand witness examinations. At this point in his career, there are very view types of construction claims that he has not seen, prosecuted, or defended.
Scott was among the first lawyers in the Midwest to practice in a narrow subset of construction litigation known as toxigenic mold litigation. Along with a handful of other lawyers in the country, he has handled these matters extensively since the first significant mold-related lawsuits were filed in 1999. Since that time, he has become a regular speaker on toxigenic mold litigation and code compliance issues at legal and industry seminars. Along with shareholder Tony Murdock, Scott has created, and dramatically shaped, the national law in this area.
Scott also has handled a substantial number of construction related insolvency claims, including foreclosure, bankruptcy and receivership claims. A particular area of expertise for Scott are priority issues, and Scott is frequently asked to speak on priority law, as well as suggested changes to the law.
Scott is a frequent presenter at seminars across the state. Scott has also authored Wisconsin Chapter of the American Bar Association’s State-by-State Guide to Construction & Design Law (1998) and updates.
Scott’s passion is and always will be writing, both at work and outside of it. He strongly believes that a good lawyer should be able to communicate complicated legal arguments in an easy to understand manner that is approachable and enjoyable. This belief goes back to his roots. While in college, Scott won four ACM Awards in Comedic Screen Writing, including a scholarship to attend classes in London.
After law school, Scott recognized that the written word is the hallmark of winning cases, and that most lawyers are horrible at communicating ideas in a manner that is approachable and enjoyable. When Halloin Murdock was founded, he set as the firm’s primary goal as becoming the single best writing firm in the Midwest. It has remained so ever since. Since that time, understandable, enjoyable and accurate writing has been the primary hallmark of each subsequent attorney added, and many people believe that each successive attorney has been even more fussy on this issue.
If you were to ask him what he is most proud of during his career, he would respond that it is the number of judges and lawyers who have commented that a Halloin Murdock brief is the best brief they have read in their career.
Licensed since 1990
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|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||1990||08/17/2015|
|MN||Not Authorized - Non-payment of fees||1994||06/29/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|The Daily Reporter||Featured Top 5 Construction Lawyer - Bios Series||2010|
|Shareholder||Halloin & Murdock, S.C.||2006 - Present|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Wisconsin Asian Bar Association||Construction Section||2004 - Present|
|Eckstein v. Cincinnati Ins. Co.||Obtained Insurance coverage for claim|
|Miller v. Safeco Insurance Company||Obtained coverage for client|
|Hoida v. M&I Midstate Bank||Lost before Supreme Court|
|Wisconsin Law Journal||Mequon Based Builder Sues Chicago Builder||2012|
|The Daily Reporter||Featured Lawyer: Nudge From Dad Leads to Law Career||2010|
|American Bar Association publication||Wisconsin Update||2008|
|American Bar Association publication||Wisconsin Update||2002|
|American Bar Association’s State-by-State Guide to Construction & Design Law (1998).||The Wisconsin Chapter of the American Bar Association’s State-by-State Guide to Construction & Design Law||1998|
|Northwestern University School of Law||N/A||Unknown||1990|
|Lawrence University||English||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1987|
|Public Contracts||Goverment Claims, Claim Compuation Methods||2014|
|Guaranteed Maximum Price Contracts||Construction Contract Terms||2012|
|Foreclosure Update 2010||Ethics and Foreclosures / Priority Issues||2010|
|AIA Contracts||AIA Contracts||2010|
|AIA Contracts||AIA Contracts - Common Provisions and Suggested Changes||2009|
|Law of Easements: Legal Issues and Practical Considerations||Easements and Priority Issues||2008|
|Furndamentals of Construction Contracts||Contract Claims Methods||2008|
|Fundamentals of Construction Contracting||Construction Contracting||2008|
|Concrete A to Z||Building Codes||2008|
|Building Code Issues in Wisconsin||Building Codes||2008|
|AIA Contracts||AIA Contracts - Common Provisions and the AIA Family of Documents||2008|
|Anatomy of a Construction Defect Claim||Construction Claims and Claim Ethics||2007|
|AIA Contracts||AIA Contracts - Common Provisions||2007|
|Tricks Traps and Ploys II||Construction Claims||2006|
|Tricks Traps and Ploys||Construction Claims||2004|
|The Mold Challenge In Wisconsin||Toxigenic Mold and Pathogenic Bacteria||2003|