Scott is a recognized authority in state and federal legal matters. While serving in private legal practice and as Assistant Attorney General for the State of South Dakota, he has represented individuals, businesses, and government entities before state and federal trial courts, state and federal appellate courts, and state and federal regulatory agencies.
As Assistant Attorney General, Scott served as counsel for the State of South Dakota in many high-profile cases and his clients included Governor Michael Rounds, the Attorney General's Office, the Secretary of State's Office, and the Department of Education, Department of Revenue and Regulation, Department of the Environment and Natural Resources, and South Dakota Commission on Gaming. Scott is also well-versed in the South Dakota legislative process, having coordinated legislative initiatives on behalf of the Attorney General's Office.
Scott is a highly sought-after author and speaker on legal and legislative topics for state agencies, constitutional offices, and professional organizations, including the South Dakota State Medical Association, the South Dakota Pharmacists Association, the South Dakota Association of County Commissioners, the South Dakota Association of County Officials, theSouth Dakota Municipal League, the South Dakota State's Attorney's Association, theAssociated School Boards of South Dakota, and the School Administrators of South Dakota.
Scott is an adjunct professor at the University of South Dakota School of Law where he teaches the popular "Education and the Law" course. He is also the author of numerous legal publications, including Estate Planning in South Dakota and the School Administrators of South Dakota's monthly newsletter - South Dakota School Law Notes. In January 2015, Scott was featured on the cover of Sioux Falls BizNOW Magazine.
Scott attained his Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from Mount Marty College in Yankton. He attained his Juris Doctor from the University of South Dakota School of Law where he served on the Board of Editors for the South Dakota Law Review.