Scott joined Marshall Dennehey as a shareholder in the firm's Health Care Department in 2008, bringing a substantial portion of his prior firm, McDonough, Korn, Eichhorn & Schorr, with him. Scott has devoted the vast majority of his 31 years of practice to the defense of physicians and other health care practitioners in various types of health care liability matters. During that time, he developed a reputation for excellence in the defense of medical malpractice cases throughout the courts in northern and central New Jersey.
Scott has routinely retained multiple disciplines of highly qualified experts in sophisticated matters in order to defend such cases on a variety of levels, thus achieving settlements far below the plaintiffs' monetary demands. He has personally handled more than 150 jury trials to verdict, in addition to many hundreds of litigated cases throughout his career. He has achieved successful defense verdicts in 95 percent of his jury trials. The majority have been complex medical malpractice cases involving severe, permanent injuries and/or death. Scott's significant experience has positioned him to represent hundreds of physicians, hospitals and nurses in all types of health care liability and licensing matters.
Based upon his trial skills and experience, Scott has been certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a civil trial attorney since 1985. He was elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates in 2005 and has been recognized as a New Jersey Super Lawyer (2005-2014) in the field of medical malpractice defense.
Over the years, Scott's medical malpractice defense caseload has evolved into primarily severe, catastrophic permanent injury and death matters ranging from neurological and orthopedic damage, to negligence and misdiagnosis, to cancer and sudden cardiac death cases. Scott has also developed a specific expertise in the handling of birth cases resulting in permanent Erb's Palsy (brachial plexus) injuries.
Scott is a graduate of Bucknell University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration in 1976. In 1979, he graduated from Villanova University School of Law, where he was a member of the Villanova National Moot Court Team that was awarded the Frank Edward Roda Award by the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association in recognition of the Pennsylvania law school that advanced the farthest in the National Moot Court Competition. After graduation, Scott completed a one-year judicial clerkship for the Honorable Edward W. Beglin, J.S.C., and Honorable Lawrence Weiss, J.S.C., in Union County, New Jersey.
•Certified Civil Trial Attorney, Supreme Court of New Jersey, 1985-Present
•Preparing & Presenting Medical Malpractice Cases: Useful Information From Medical Malpractice Practitioners and Trial Judges, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, May 2011
•Fundamentals of Trial Techniques (defense of medical malpractice cases), presented to medical malpractice defense attorneys, Hyatt Regency, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 2008
•Medical & Legal Responsibilities Associated With Shoulder Dystocia Outcomes, presented to OB/Gyns at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, New Jersey, 2005
•Introductory talk to incoming residents at New Jersey Medical School regarding responsibilities to patients, pitfalls of the medical/legal system and tips for avoiding medical/legal problems, , Piscataway, New Jersey, 2002-2006
•Defending Hospitals, Nurses & Residents in New Jersey, presented to practicing New Jersey attorneys at ICLE Seminar in Woodbridge, New Jersey, 1992
Past Employment Positions
•Judicial clerk to Hon. Edward W. Beglin, Jr. and Hon. Lawrence Weiss, Judges, Superior Court of New Jersey, 1979-1980
•McDonough, Murray & Korn, 1980-1990
•McDonough, Korn & Eichhorn, 1990-2006
•McDonough, Korn, Eichhorn & Schorr, 2006-2008
Honors & Awards
•New Jersey Super Lawyer, 2005-2014
•Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association Roda Award to Pennsylvania Law School that advances the farthest in the National Moot Court Competition, 1979
Year Joined Organization: 2008 (Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney)