W. Scott Sorrels: Lawyer with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

W. Scott Sorrels


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Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Securities Enforcement & Litigation
  • White Collar Defense
  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Director & Officer Liability
  • Internal Investigations
  • Broker-Dealer
  • Accountants' & Attorneys' Liability
  • Financial Services Litigation
  • Securities & Corporate Governance
Contact InfoTelephone: 404.853.8087
University Mercer University, B.A., magna cum laude
Law SchoolUniversity of Georgia School of Law, J.D. Managing Editor, Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law, Truman Scholar
Admitted1984, Georgia

Professional Activities

Member, Board of Advisors, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
Member, Midtown Alliance Board of Directors
Member, Community Bankers Association of Georgia
Member, Georgia Bankers Association
Member, Leadership Atlanta
Member, State Bar of Georgia
Member, American Bar Association

BornMacon, Georgia, January 2, 1956

For more than thirty years, Scott Sorrels has represented public and large private companies or their officers and directors in connection with financial investigations, complex litigation, and government enforcement and prosecutions. He has represented corporate boards or their committees in connection with more than seventy internal investigations throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia, many of which received national attention. Scott has frequently counseled corporate boards and individuals in crises environments, including matters where the conduct of senior management and auditing and regulatory relationships were at issue. His regulatory and litigation practice includes engagements involving the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Department of Justice, numerous federal and state regulators of financial institutions, and the financial services industry.

Scott began his career at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Since then, he has authored or co-authored a number of legal publications and is a frequent speaker on corporate governance, director and officer liability, fiduciary obligations, corporate investigations, financial statement fraud and presentation issues, whistleblower allegations, and insider trading.

He provides volunteer service and leadership to worldwide, national, and local nonprofit and charitable youth-development organizations.

Selected Experience

Settled a case within the D&O insurance policy limits for several former executives of a Georgia bank.

Conducted an internal investigation of accounting allegations by foreign-based employees for the audit committee of a public company.

Settled FDIC civil claims exceeding $100 million against the former president of a national bank.

Awards and Rankings

Truman Scholar, Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation

Named to The Best Lawyers in America in the area of litigation - securities law (2012-2016) and commercial law (2014-2016)

Recipient, Boy Scouts of America, Silver Buffalo Award for service to youth at a national level (2011)

Named National Marketing Partner of the Year by Marketing Partners Forum (2007)

Volunteer Leadership

Co-Chair, 2019 World Scout Jamboree, a world gathering of youth from more than 160 Scouting organizations of the World Organization of Scouting Movement

National Executive Board, Boy Scouts of America

National Commissioner Service Chair, Boy Scouts of America

Trustee Chair and Past President, Northeast Georgia Council, Boy Scouts of America

Executive Board, Atlanta Area Council, Boy Scouts of America


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SEC Proposes Controversial Rule Requiring Companies to Adopt No-Fault Clawback Policies
Peter J. Anderson,Maia Cogen,Olga Greenberg,W. Scott Sorrels,Yvonne M. Williams-Wass, July 13, 2015
Recently, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or the Commission) proposed a controversial new rule under the Dodd-Frank Act that instructs companies to establish policies that require “executive officers” to repay incentive-based compensation that was paid to them based on...

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W. Scott Sorrels

999 Peachtree Street, N.E.
AtlantaGA 30309-3996


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