J. Scott Sheehan

J. Scott Sheehan: Attorney with Greenberg Traurig, LLP
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  • 1000 Louisiana Street, Suite 1700, Houston, TX 77002
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Based in the firm’s Houston office, J. Scott Sheehan is a business lawyer with a national practice in banking and financial institutions, money service businesses, as well as consumer and commercial financial services. He co-authors the Texas Practice Guide: Financial Institutions and the Texas Usury Law Handbook by West Publishing. Sheehan focuses his practice on legal and regulatory compliance and new product development for financial institutions and financial service providers. He is Treasurer of the national Conference on Consumer Finance Law, past Chairman of the influential Texas Business Law Foundation, and past Chairman if the Texas State Bar Business Law Section. He is regularly recognized by his peers as one of The Best Lawyers in America.


•Consumer and commercial financial services
•Federal and state regulation of consumer credit and other financial services
•Government relations
•Real estate
•Contract law
•Commercial litigation
•Dispute resolution
•General business law

Recognition & Leadership

Awards & Accolades

•Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Financial Services Regulation Law; Litigation - Banking and Finance, 1995-2018
•Team Member, U.S. News - Best Lawyers , Best Law Firms Edition, Law Firm of the Year, Banking & Finance - Litigation, 2017
•Team Member, BTI Power Rankings, The 16 Strongest Firms for ‘Go-To Outside Counsel’ Insurance Work 2016
•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Texas Super Lawyers, 2003-2004, 2006-2013, 2017
Corporate Counsel, Business Edition, 2009
•Team Member, Corporate Board Member magazine and FTI Consulting Inc., one of America’s Best Corporate Law Firms, 13th Annual Legal Industry Study, 2013
•Listed, Texas' Best Lawyers, 2008-2010
•Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5

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Areas of Practice (5)

  • Corporate
  • Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Banking & Financial Services
  • Finance

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
713.374.3543  Phone
713.754.7543  Fax
University Attended:
The Ohio State University, B.A., Political Science, cum laude, Honors program, Phi Beta Kappa, Member, Student Assembly and Ohio Staters, Inc., 1972
Law School Attended:
The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., Texas Law Review, 1976
Year of First admission:
1976, Texas; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas; U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

Professional & Community Involvement

•Texas Business Law Foundation
•Legislative Chairman, 2011-2012
•Chairman, 2006-2008
•Member, State Bar of Texas Business Law Section
•Chair, Contract Law Committee, 2003-2005
•Chair, Consumer Financial Services Committee, 2000-2003
•Chair, 1997-1998
•Chair, Commercial Financial Services Committee, 1995-1997
•Co-Chair, Usury Committee, 1991-1994
•Chair, Financial Institutions Committee, 1991
•Member, Section Representatives to the Board Committee, 1998-2000
•Member, State Bar Council of Chairs, 1997-1998
•Member, State Bar Advisory Commission on Specialization in Consumer Law, 1990
•Commercial Arbitrator and Mediator, American Arbitration Association
•Member, Large Complex Case Council and Panel, and Premier Mediation Panel
•Principal Trainer, AAA-Houston arbitrator training, 1992-1994
•President, Texas Association of Bank Counsel, 1989
•Chair, State Bar of Texas Consumer Law Section, 1985
•Director, Park at Memorial Heights Homeowners' Association
•Member, Houston Junior Chamber of Commerce
•Past Vice President
•Past Consular Ball Chairman
•Past International Relations Chairman
•Treasurer, Conference on Consumer Finance Law
•Deacon and Bible Study Director, Second Baptist Church
•Member, American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Consumer Financial Services Committee
•Member, College of the State Bar of Texas
•Member, Finance Lawyers Committee, Manufactured Housing Institute
•Member, House Financial Institutions Committee Task Force on Texas Finance Code Revision
•Member, Houston Bar Association
•Member, Houston Commercial Finance Lawyers Forum
•Member, Office of the Consumer Credit Commissioner Plain-Language Task Force
•Member, Payday Loan Bar Association
•Member, State Bar of Texas
•Member, Texas Home Equity Discussion Group

Birth Information:
New York, N.Y., September 6, 1950
Reported Cases:
Experience: Representative Matters: Represented financial institutions and consumer and commercial finance companies in product design, legal compliance and design and preparation of standard business practices, forms and procedures.; Represented lenders in legal review of commercial and consumer finance loan portfolios.; Issue advocacy on major banking and consumer and commercial finance issues before judicial, legislative, arbitration and administrative tribunals.; Served as arbitrator or mediator in complex commercial cases involving patents, bank tying act, mergers and acquisitions, marketing services, manufacturing, and other contract or business tort disputes.; Represented of day trading company in major arbitration matter.; Represented credit service organization regarding landmark decision in class action lawsuit regarding credit service organization fees under state usury law and federal RICO statute.; Represented sale lease-back company in landmark case brought by a state attorney general regarding state law usury claims.; Represented home equity lenders in individual and class action lawsuits.; Represented state and national trade associations in amicus curiae briefs in state and federal court regarding usury, deposit account services, insufficient check fees, home equity lending and other issues.; Representation of foreign insurance company in dispute regarding reinsurance treaties and letters of credit.; Some of the above representations were handled by Mr. Sheehan prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.; Noteworthy Experiences: Government Relations: Scott has been active as an issue advocate on legislative issues affecting the banking and financial services sector. One of his major projects was to co-lead the Texas Business Law Foundation's efforts from 1991 through 2005 to modernize the Texas Finance Code to reform Texas usury law for commercial loans. As part of the project, he is a member of the House Financial Institutions Committee's select drafting group for Usury Reform Bill of 2005, House Bill 955.; Distinguished military graduate, Army ROTC; Captain (Retired), U.S. Army Reserve
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