Banking and financial services
Scott Danner has been involved in some of the nation’s most high-profile and significant commercial disputes, ranging from RMBS litigations stemming from the 2008 financial crisis, to multibillion-dollar antitrust cases, to Madoff Ponzi scheme lawsuits. He also has conducted internal investigations for leading public companies and defended individual and corporate clients in criminal and regulatory proceedings. Scott’s previous engagements include reinsurance disputes, securities-related matters, fiduciary duty claims, bankruptcy and distressed debt litigation, and white collar defense matters. He recently represented a MacAndrews & Forbes company in a jury trial involving a massive antitrust claim against News Corp. and its subsidiaries.
A former law clerk to the Honorable Colleen McMahon of the Southern District of New York and the Honorable Robert S. Smith of the New York Court of Appeals, Scott has secured multiple notable wins before New York’s highest court, including a landmark reinsurance decision, and a reversal of a conviction in a highly-politicized criminal prosecution. Most recently, working alongside the Office of the Appellate Defender, he argued a closely-watched appeal to the New York Court of Appeals involving the state’s “mini-RICO” statute. His argument resulted in the unanimous reversal of his client’s conviction and dismissal of the indictment, and a ruling that places important limits on the state’s ability to charge individuals with the crime of “enterprise corruption.”
Scott’s work in that case, People v. Jones, is one of his many contributions to Holwell Shuster & Goldberg’s extensive pro bono practice, in which he regularly represents indigent criminal defendants on appeal. Under his leadership, HSG is currently handling several cases with the OAD, including appeals in the New York Appellate Division, First Department, as well as habeas corpus proceedings before the Southern District of New York. He is also an active member of HSG’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee.
Promoted to partner at HSG in 2020, Scott is a member of several bar associations and has co-chaired the Appellate Courts Committee of the New York County Lawyers Association. Scott graduated summa cum laude from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he was awarded the Felix Frankfurter Prize, the school’s highest discretionary academic honor. Scott started his career in private practice at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz as a litigation associate.
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Year Joined Firm: 2016
Education: Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (J.D.); Cornell University (B.A.)
Updated July 2021