Scott Sawtelle was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts where he lived and worked around the historic City of Boston all his life before joining the U.S. Army. Mr. Sawtelle served domestically and overseas as a Military Policeman for a number of years before being honorably discharged from active to reserve duty. Mr. Sawtelle returned to the City of Boston to study sociology and criminal justice at Suffolk University and shortly thereafter graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1997.
Mr. Sawtelle went on to study law at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan where he concentrated in trial litigation before earning a Jurist Doctor in 2001.
After law school, Mr. Sawtelle immediately accepted a position as an Assistant Public Defender in Seminole County before transferring to the Volusia County Public Defender's Office, where he practiced criminal defense in the County and Circuit Courts between 2002 and 2006.
During this time, Mr. Sawtelle gained valuable criminal defense experience in the areas of; motion practice, depositions, negotiation skills, and criminal trial litigation by defending indigent clients charged with various felony crimes; including capital sex batteries, armed robberies, aggravated assault and batteries, armed home invasion, DUI manslaughters, drug trafficking, and other various felony and misdemeanor crimes.
Mr. Sawtelle has been a member of the Florida Bar since 2002 and in U.S. Middle District of Florida since 2004. Mr. Sawtelle is currently a member of the Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Gunslinger Award||Office of the Public Defender||2006|
|Managing Partner||PHILPOTT & SAWTELLE, PLLC||2007 - Present|
|Attorney||Private practice||2006 - 2007|
|Asst. Public Defender||Volusia County Public Defender's Office||2003 - 2006|
|Asst. Public Defender||Seminole County Public Defender's Office||2002 - 2003|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Volusia chapter)||Member||2004 - Present|
|Middle District of Florida||Attorney||2004 - Present|
|Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2002 - Present|
|State v. Knighton||Dismissal|
|State of Florida v. John Derick Smith||Not Guilty - Jury Trial|
|State of Florida v. Robert H. Johnson, Sr.||Not Guilty - Jury Trial|
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|Thomas M. Cooley Law School||Litigation||law||2001|
|Suffolk University||Sociology||BS - Bachelor of Science||1997|