- Securities Enforcement & Litigation
- White Collar Defense
- Banking & Financial Institutions
- Director & Officer Liability
- Internal Investigations
- Accountants' & Attorneys' Liability
- Financial Services Litigation
- Securities & Corporate Governance
|Contact Info||Telephone: 404.853.8087|
|University ||Mercer University, B.A., magna cum laude|
|Law School||University of Georgia School of Law, J.D. Managing Editor, Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law, Truman Scholar|
Member, State Bar of Georgia
National Commissioner Service Chair, Boy Scouts of America
Chair of Trustees, Board Member, Past President, Northeast Georgia Council, Boy Scouts of America
Member, Board of Advisors, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
Member, Midtown Alliance Board
Member, Community Bankers Association of Georgia
Member, Georgia Bankers Association
|Born||Macon, Georgia, January 2, 1956|
With nearly 30 years of experience in corporate investigations, securities litigation, regulatory and enforcement matters, Scott Sorrels also represents officers and directors at public and private companies and principals at financial institutions, accounting and law firms who face U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement actions, Department of Justice investigations and criminal prosecutions and complex civil litigation.
Frequently engaged by audit or special committees representing the board of directors at public or private companies, Scott investigates Private Securities Litigation Reform Act violations, whistleblower allegations, financial reporting fraud, breaches of fiduciary duty, and officer and director misconduct. Scott also writes and speaks regularly on regulatory and enforcement issues impacting securities compliance, director and officer liability, accountant liability and corporate governance. He founded and has co-chaired the Georgia Institute for Continuing Legal Education advanced seminar program “Securities Litigation and Regulatory Practice” for the past 20 years. Scott was an enforcement attorney at the SEC from 1984 to 1986 where he worked on high-profile financial fraud cases.
Sutherland successfully represented several former officers of a Georgia bank.
Sutherland handles internal investigation resulting from whistleblower allegations.
Sutherland resolves FDIC civil claims against former bank president.
Awards and Rankings
Named to The Best Lawyers in America in the area of litigation - securities law (2012-2015) and commercial law (2014-2015)
Recipient, Boy Scouts of America, 2011 Silver Buffalo Award for service to youth at a National level (2011)
Named National Marketing Partner of the Year by Marketing Partners Forum (2007)
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Congress Scrutinizes Hedge Funds’ Use of Financial Derivatives
Bruce M. Bettigole,Thomas A. Cullinan,Yasho Lahiri,William R. Pauls,W. Scott Sorrels, July 30, 2014
This week the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (Subcommittee), in conjunction with the Subcommittee’s hearing on July 22, 2014, released a report on hedge funds’ use of financial derivatives considered abusive. In...
Georgia Supreme Court Applies the Business Judgment Rule to Bank Officers and Directors; Decision Has Implications for Corporate Officers and Directors
Maia Cogen,Patricia A. Gorham,Gabriel A. Mendel,W. Scott Sorrels,Yvonne M. Williams-Wass, July 24, 2014
In a landmark ruling for officers and directors of Georgia’s financial institutions, the Supreme Court of Georgia held in FDIC v. Loudermilk, S14Q0454 (Ga. July 11, 2014), that officers and directors of banks are protected by the business judgment rule, which affords officers and directors a...
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