PRESTON & SCOTT - Key Persons
Mr. Scott is an experienced litigator and transaction attorney whose practice primarily focuses on three areas: complex commercial and employment litigation; corporate and business transactions; and estate planning. Mr. Scott has represented clients in a wide variety of lawsuits including breach of contract, Title VII, employment discrimination, business torts, Lanham Act violations, securities, copyright and trademark infringement, claims for misappropriation of trade secrets and confidential information, fraud, shareholder derivative cases and cases regarding corporate dissolutions and mergers. Mr. Scott has been named to Utah's Legal Elite both for Estate Planning and Employment Law.
As a corporate transactional attorney, Mr. Scott has assisted numerous clients in all facets of their businesses, including, choice of entity, ongoing corporate governance, corporate mergers and acquisitions, dissolutions, and sales of corporate stock and assets. In addition, Mr. Scott has negotiated contracts on behalf of Big O, Utah Trailways, and Equitable Life & Casualty. Mr. Scott is also general counsel for Bricker & Associates, Inc., a medical services organization that provides blood and transfusion services to hospitals and clinics throughout the Intermountain West.
As an estate planning attorney, Mr. Scott has assisted individual and corporate clients with transferring assets from one generation to the next, avoiding estate tax pitfalls and probate. Mr. Scott has also presented seminars on various estate planning strategies and asset protection in both Utah and Nevada.
Prior to forming Preston & Scott in 2010, Mr. Scott practiced and was a partner at the law firm of Snow, Christensen & Martineau. Preliminary to joining Snow, Christensen and Martineau, Mr. Scott practiced at Beckley Singleton, Chtd., the oldest law firm in Las Vegas, Nevada, which is now part of Lewis Roca Rothgerber.
Mr. Preston is an accomplished trial lawyer who has handled the full range of complex civil lawsuits. Mr. Preston has 30 years of trial experience in federal and state court, having tried over thirty major cases to verdict, both jury and bench trials, as well as many administrative trials. Mr. Preston has won over 50 summary judgments, and he has handled numerous cases on appeal to the Utah Supreme Court, the Utah Court of Appeals, and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. For many years now, Mr. Preston has annually been recognized in such publications as Best Lawyers in America, Mountain States Super Lawyers, and Utah's Legal Elite. Mr. Preston has a Martindale Hubbell rating of AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.
Mr. Preston has tried complex business and commercial litigation cases involving a wide variety of claims, including breach of contract, intellectual property, antitrust, fraud, business torts, oil and gas disputes, alter ego, breach of fiduciary duties, defamation, copyright and trademark infringement, federal and state securities claims, and professional liability claims, among others. Mr. Preston has also represented a number of successful technology companies in software and commercial litigation.
Mr. Preston has also represented employers in the full range of employment and labor litigation claims, including Title VII, sexual harassment, ADA, ADEA, FLSA, FMLA, wrongful discharge, defamation, whistle blower, COBRA, and non-compete lawsuits, and he has defended public employers in all manner of employment and constitutional law related lawsuits.
Prior to forming Preston & Scott in 2010, Mr. Preston worked for 27 years at Snow, Christensen & Martineau, where he served on the firm's three-member governing Executive Committee, as the firm's Vice President, and as a member of the firm's Board of Directors. Before joining Snow, Christensen & Martineau in 1983, Mr. Preston practiced law with the firm of Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles, California.