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Scott A. Brenneck

Criminal defense Attorney at SYRACUSE, NY

5.0   15 reviews
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2002
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Scott

Learn Scott’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    I represent clients with criminal charges ranging from simple violations to violent felonies of drug offenses. I also handle all types of vehicle and traffic infractions including misdemeanor and felony DWI's.

    21 years, 1,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    Most of us rely on our vehicles to provide for ourselves and our families. If you have been accused of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs I can help. This is about more than just a fine and surcharge it is about understanding the law and all the collateral consequences so that we can provide the best defense possible and get back the like you enjoyed before you were charged.

    21 years, 500 cases

  3. Speeding and traffic ticket

    21 years, 1,000 cases


Scott has dedicated his practice to defending those accused of committing crimes, violations or traffic offenses including DWI. He has been developing the skills needed to be  a criminal defense attorney since he started law school. Scott focused two of his three years in Law School on trial advocacy and courtroom strategy. He received numerous awards from Syracuse University College of Law in the area of trial advocacy. After graduating law school, Scott spent time at the Stanley Law Offices continuing to develop his trial skills. He soon joined the Onondaga County District Attorney's Office as an Assistant District Attorney. Scott handled all types of criminal matters at various stages from investigation to arrest and from arraignment to disposition. A significant portion of his time as a prosecutor was spent handling felony case in the Felony Trial Unit where he prosecuted violent felony including assaults, burglaries, robberies and weapons possession. Scott conducted several trials and prosecuted numerous persistent violent felony offenders facing mandatory life sentences. In addition to the unit he was assigned to, Scott had the opportunity to work on cases involving drugs, homicide and driving while intoxicated. Over the time he spent in the Onondaga County District Attorney's Office he learned the principals of criminal investigation, the techniques of criminal prosecution and effective sentencing strategies.




Since leaving the District Attorney's Office Scott has focused on defending criminal cases. He devoted the skills and experience he has gained to getting the best outcome for his clients. Arrest and prosecution are not the only focus of Scott’s work.  He also excels in handling the collateral consequences of an arrest or conviction. Scott believes that his client's deserve honesty, integrity and dedication to their best interests and that is what he strives to deliver for each and everyone of the people he represents.


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Posted by anonymous | January 2, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney and more
Our son, a Syracuse University student, got himself into a mess just off campus. It involved a criminal mischief charge. We were not only worried about the legal aspect but also what effect it could have on his status at the university. Scott not only went through everything from a legal aspect, but he also was great in the way he handled my 20 year old son. Explaining how choices we make in life will follow us wherever we go. I was so impressed with how he extended himself. In the end the charges were dropped and the University also dropped any investigation or sanctions. I hope I never need another attorney but if I do Scott would definitely be who I would call.
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Posted by Matt | November 6, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney!! I HIGHLY Recommend Scott!
I was charged with a very serious DWI drugs. Scott new just what to say, to whom and when! His compassion and expertise is the perfect combination for a TOP Attorney! In Addition to being extremely well versed in law and having great contacts in the legal system (even a different county), he truly cares about his client and their families. Thanks Scott!
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Posted by Kenny Byrd | August 23, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
extremely professional lawyers!!
Scott Brenneck and his team from Team Green Lawyers were recommended to me by another attorney. I am VERY pleased with them and I am so glad I found them in my time of need.Mr Brenneck's fees were reasonable, he was extremely professional and compassionate about my defense. He was responsive to all my inquiries (and I had plenty). He personally communicated with me and included me in the entire process.BOTTOM LINE...When a defendant is completely confident in their lawyer (like I was with Scott Brenneck), the jury sees a confident team working together. The jury found me "NOT GUILTY".Thanks again!
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Posted by Louis Manning | August 16, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
top notch lawyer and law firm!!!
Scott Brenneck is an incredible lawyer. He is very professional yet down to earth and friendly. He was flexible to meet with us when needed and took time to investigate and get down to the core of our case. We had an amazing experience with him. He got all of our charges dismissed. We would highly recommend this lawyer and Team Green Lawyers to anyone in search of an A+++ company.
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Posted by anonymous | April 3, 2015
Was on probation for a crime and committed another one while on probation!
I was on probation for a crime and during the probation period, I committed the same crime again! Mr. Scott A. Brenneck was my lawyer. I can tell you that Mr. Brenneck never made any snide remarks to me or was insulting given I was already on probation for the same crime. To the contrary he was very understanding and compassionate. To my astonishment Mr. Brenneck got my case dismissed! I did not think that was going to happen based on the circumstances. I can only tell you I was extremely pleased with the results and while I hope I never need the services of a criminal defense attorney ever again, if I do, I 100% know where I am going. If you want a lawyer who will not make you "feel like a criminal" and also has the smarts to handle complexities pertaining to your case, I highly recommend Mr. Brenneck. He was as I stated extremely compassionate.
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Posted by anonymous | February 4, 2015
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Exceptional Compassion!!!
I have not yet retained Mr. Brenneck but will say without a doubt one of the most compassionate attorneys I've had experience with while trying to get answers to a desperate situation. He is willing to talk and LISTEN. Very impressed!
Posted by Gail | November 18, 2014
Highly Recommended!
I would not hesitate to recommend Scott Brenneck to anyone in need of a criminal defense attorney. He represented my son in a recent case, with a favorable outcome. Navigating the legal system was a new experience for me and my family, and it was extremely stressful and confusing. We had retained a different lawyer at first, with very poor communication and switched to Scott. It was a complete 180 degree experience. Scott was knowledgeable and patient, even explaining things several different ways until he was sure we understood completely. We could tell that he sincerely cared for our son's well-being. We all felt very confident in his abilities. He didn't sugarcoat things; he was realistic in his thinking and answered our every question so that we could be prepared for anything that may have happened. Scott paid meticulous attention to detail in a very complicated case involving many conflicting statements and a number of defendants. He communicated with other attorneys when it was appropriate and impressed everyone with his calm but confident demeanor. In court, his lack of hesitation in presenting his well-formed arguments overshadowed everyone else. If you are looking for the best representation, stop now. Scott Brenneck is the attorney you need!
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Posted by Kari | December 11, 2013
Scott Brenneck is an outstanding lawyer!
I refer people to Scott Brenneck on a routine basis. His knowledge of the law and ability to make clients feel at ease are two of the main reasons. He knows what he is talking about and understands how the law works. He is highly respected among his peers and has a great working relationship with the legal community. The foregoing attributes give him the edge when it comes to negotiating cases, going to trial and getting information he needs to be most effective. If you need an outstanding criminal lawyer, Scott Brenneck is who you should call.
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Posted by anonymous | December 10, 2013
UNBELIEVABLE defense lawyer!!!!!!
AWESOME lawyer!!! Started with prison time and ended with a minor misdemeanor. Felonies and ALL traffic tickets DROPPED!! You know you have a good lawyer when the judge tells you "you have a very competent lawyer Mr. Johnson". The judge said this after EVERY court hearing! Scott would joke with the DA and judge before getting down to business. Once things got serious, you could see Scott being very assertive to say the least! The "small talk" before the DA, judge and Scott got serious helped build a rapport with the DA and judge (that is my opinion). I would watch the judge's head nod in agreement with Scott and the DA backpedal when they got serious! At the second court hearing, the judge looked at the DA and said "this man is NOT going to jail". Scott had better and better news for me and my family every time we left court. He knew exactly when to "push" and exactly when to wait. Scott used to be an Assistant District Attorney. I think this experienc e is a good part of his amazing skills as a defense lawyer. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND SCOTT FOR ANYONE!!!!
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Posted by anonymous | December 9, 2013
Outstanding Criminal Representation
I have been acquainted with Scott Brenneck for almost 10 years and I have referred many people to Scott who have contacted me looking for a criminal attorney. They raved about his: professionalism, his honesty, his reliability and his attention to their needs. They said he answered all of their questions and explained how the process would work very clearly and in a very comprehensive way. They felt like they mattered to him as clients and they were not just another number. Scott puts things into perspective and always returns your phone calls very promptly. Several people have expressed to me how amazed they were at how knowledgeable he was in criminal law. If I ever need to hire a criminal attorney, Scott would be the attorney I would contact to represent me.
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Posted by anonymous | December 9, 2013
Best lawyer in town
I had my case handled by Scott Brenneck. My life was in shambles until Scott got everything cleared up. For months I was accused something I didn't do. Thank God I got referred to him from one of my friends who he also helped out. I would recommend his service for sure. The best thing was the timely manner of how me made this horrible thing go away.
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Posted by anonymous | September 19, 2013
Scott Brenneck gave me a second chance at life
After being charged with a criminal offense finding the right lawyer can be stressful. After hearing a high recommendation for Scott Brenneck I called and was able to meet with him the next day. Scott was very polite and understanding. I could tell he had been around the block (Licensed for 12 years) and was comforted by someone who knew exactly what the options were. He gave it to me straight and knew the importance of a quick response to the situation I was in. what stuck with me about Scott was that he actually cared about my well being. He wasn't just doing a job he was paid to do. He took pride in his work and actually wanted to make sure I was getting better. He got me the help I needed. He kept in contact with my family to make sure I was on the right track. I worked hard for him and he worked hard for me. He would keep me updated every time we gained ground with the DA's office. After a long legal battle facing serious charges Scott was able to get them dismissed. Scott gave me a second chance at life and helped me take control of my future.
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Posted by anonymous | September 11, 2013
Could not have asked for a better attorney. Thank you Mr. Brenneck!
My son got into some trouble awhile back (traffic and mischief). Mr. Brenneck handled his case quickly and professionally. He explained everything to us and promptly returned calls and answered our questions and concerns. Mr. Brenneck is well respected by judges and the prosecutors and got my son a very favorable outcome. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Dave | February 24, 2012
Former Client
I cannot speak enough for Mr. Brenneck's perseverance and his dedication as a lawyer and more importantly his character as a person. During a difficult time in my life, arguably the most difficult Mr.Brenneck made me a priority and always followed up and persevered to make sure I received the best legal representation possible. Hands down I would recommend Mr Brenneck s services. His law firm is very lucky to have such a gifted and more importantly dedicated attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | February 22, 2012
Amazing Attorney
Scott Brenneck is an amazing attorney who does his best to to assist you to taking care of your legal business. Scott is professional and honest...he does not try to scam you or tell you just what you want to hear. Scott is timely and explains the entire legal process from start to finish as he feels it is important to his clients to know what exactly is going on with their case. Scott's professional realtionship with the District Attorney's Office also helped create an atmosphere where people wanted to work together to get the case solved in the most appropriate manner. I would highly recommend this lawyer!
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AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Green & Brenneck
  • 2014 - Present
  • Associate
  • Cambareri & Cambareri, LLP
  • 2007 - 2014
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Onondaga County District Attorney's Office
  • 2003 - 2006
  • Associate
  • Stanley Law Office
  • 2001 - 2003
  • Aide to Assemblywoman Nettie Mayersohn
  • New York State Assembly
  • 1998 - 1998
  • Aide to Assemblywoman Earlene Hooper Hill
  • New York State Assembly
  • 1997 - 1997
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  • Syracuse University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • State University of New York, College at Cortland
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v. H
  • All charges dismissed


  • National College of DUI Defense
  • 2016 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Onondaga County Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • N/A
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Advocate - Lionel Grossman Trial Advocacy Competition
  • Syracuse University College of Law
  • 2000
  • Best Overall Advocate - Lionel O. Grossman Competition
  • Syracuse University Collect of Law
  • 2000
  • Winner - Lionel O. Grossman Trial Advocacy Competition
  • Syracuse University College of Law
  • 2000

Speaking Engagements

  • ABATE of NY Winter Business Meeting
  • DWI and Traffic Stops
  • 2016
  • Guest Lecturer at Syracuse University Undergraduate Class
  • The Role of the Criminal Defense Lawyer in the Criminal Justice System
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (11)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Brenneck is an outstanding advocate for those he represents, with the skill and ability to zealously advocate for his clients. As opposing counsel on several matters, I had the opportunity to observe Scott's outstanding advocacy and can attest to his dedication to his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I worked with Scott on a contested matter and he was courteous and highly-professional. I have since referred my clients with needs in the criminal defense area to Scott and hope to continue doing so in the future."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Scott since we were in law school together. Even then he exhibited a strong work ethic and genuine commitment to the law. I was not surprised to see him succeed as a prosecutor and as a private attorney, and to bring his intensity and professionalism into the area of private practice. I have watched his strong advocacy on behalf of his clients, and know with certainty that anyone who hires him will be well represented and protected."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott is a superb attorney and he has a commanding presence in the courtroom. With as much experience as he's had through the years, he's been a great resource whenever I've needed an answer to a question. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Excellent attorney. I have worked with Scott for years where we have had clients who required dual representation (criminal/administrative). Very responsive and effective"
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had the pleasure of working with Scott in the past. He is extremely knowledgeable and very thorough when working on a criminal client's case. I would without reservation refer clients to him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Scott Brenneck if you are in need of criminal defense. He is an expert in the field and his professionalism is beyond reproach. Scott is an excellent attorney, not only because he takes a great deal of pride in what he does but because he genuinely cares about his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Scott for a number of years and can attest to his high level of knowledge and skill. During his tenure at the District Attorney's Office and while out in private practice Scott has always displayed complete professionalism in his advocacy."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Scott is an unusually talented lawyer. He is kind. He listens. He analyzes and he has the experience of having been an outstanding prosecutor. It is rare that all of these characteristics congregate around one lawyer. You can have the utmost confidence in Scott as your lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Scott for many years. He is an excellent attorney, and exceptional advocate. I don't hesitate to refer clients to Scott, because I know that he will provide a vigorous defense."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have known Scott as a colleague in the District Attorney's Office, as well as opposing counsel on numerous cases once he entered private practice as a criminal defense attorney. Scott has always been an excellent attorney. His knowledge of the law, exhaustive preparation and zealous advocacy makes him one of the finest attorneys in Central New York. I endorse him in the fields of criminal and DWI defense without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Scott. He's a great guy and a standout defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Scott. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott has a wealth of information, knowledge and connections to adequately represent a defendant on any criminal charge in the State of New York. I often contact Scott for his advice and suggestions on files that I am working on. There is no harder working criminal defense attorney in Syracuse. I not only endorse Scott, but would challenge any person who says that Scott is not one the best criminal defense attorneys in the area, if not the best."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I was one of Mr. Brenneck's instructors while he was in his last year in law school. His talent was apparent even then. After law school we became very good friends. After his time working as a prosecutor I went to great lengths to hire him into the firm where I was working. While he worked in my office, we handled dozens of cases together and he worked as trial counsel with me on a major and very complicated case. We both have moved on to new offices now and no longer work directly together. Since then, Scott has developed into one of the very best lawyers in Onondaga County with his focus exclusively on representing clients who have been charged with crimes. I would, without hesitation, recommend any client to him. I have sent many clients to his office and all of them have reported back that they are very satisfied with his excellent work. He is accessible, answers his phone and returns all calls. I would trust my family and my reputation to this excellent lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I frequently refer criminal matters to Mr. Brenneck as the need arises. He has always impressed me as highly professional, knowledgeable, attentive to detail and success-oriented. I have received very favorable reviews from our mutual clients and will continue with referrals."
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