Scott Louis Weber concentrates in complex litigation with an emphasis in general commercial and class action defense, white-collar criminal defense and internal investigations, toxic tort and product liability. Mr. Weber has acted as principal or second chair in numerous trials in state and federal courts, as well as in arbitrations.
Mr. Weber served as the senior counselor to the secretary at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, assisting the secretary with policy development, operations and legal analysis. His portfolio included infrastructure protection; preparedness; continuity of operations and of government programs; work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO), Private Sector Office, Infrastructure Protection directorate and Science and Technology directorate (S&T); emergency communications; strategic alliances; private sector matters; and academic outreach.
Mr. Weber comes to Patton Boggs from a leading international law firm, where he was a partner and a member of the Training and Career Enhancement Committee, Recruiting Committee and Mentor Program. At another large firm, he negotiated and implemented settlements, took and defended scores of depositions, and argued motions and appeals.
In addition, Mr. Weber has substantial experience in prominent pro bono matters, as he served as a member (for four years) and chair (for one year) on the Supreme Court of New Jersey, Office of Attorney Ethics, District Ethics Committee, in Essex County, New Jersey. There, he prosecuted grievances filed against attorneys who were alleged to have violated the New Jersey Rules of Professional Conduct, and he tried cases before panels and special masters and presented arguments before the New Jersey Supreme Court.
Mr. Weber has appeared in and written for several media outlets including CNN, MSNBC, Fox News (including “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” “Studio B,” “The Live Desk,” “America’s Newsroom” and “Fox News Live Weekend”), CNBC’s “Kudlow & Company,” BBC Television (U.K. Domestic), Forbes.com and The National Journal, discussing law enforcement and homeland security matters. Additionally, he is a regular contributor to the homeland security blog, “Security Debrief.”
Mr. Weber was named to the New Jersey Law Journal’s “40 Under 40” listing in July 2006, which honors New Jersey lawyers whose achievements in the workplace and in public service involvement distinguish them among their peers. In addition, he was named to The Year in Homeland Security’s “Homeland Security Professionals to Watch” in 2009.
- Berry, et al. v. MEGA Brands, Inc., et al.: Negotiated, mediated and obtained a settlement of a nationwide consumer fraud class action brought by individuals alleging fraud and consumer fraud in connection with the purchase of certain magnet toys.
- World Trade Center Litigation: Oversight and management of the defense for the city of New York and more than 150 contractors in multidistrict litigation venued in the Southern District of New York, arising from response actions taken at the World Trade Center after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
- Successfully represented through trial a Canadian-based provider of voice, data, and Internet services for residential, business and wholesale customers that filed an international arbitration governed by the American Arbitration Association’s (AAA) International Centre for Dispute Resolution involving claims of fraud and breach of contract asserted against a Chinese telecommunications systems developer/manufacturer.
- Served as national defense counsel for IDT Corp. in nationwide calling card class actions and Avaya Inc., Lucent and AT&T in nationwide Y2K class actions.
- Trial resulting in multimillion award from AAA for insured who brought suit against insurer who denied claims under credit indemnity policy.
- Obtained a multimillion dollar jury award against NBA Properties, Inc. and Dayton-Hudson Corp.
- Retained by several audit committees to conduct internal investigations, review internal controls and create and modify compliance programs.
- As pro bono special counsel, led the investigation of the Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS) and its failure to discover four severely malnourished boys in Collingswood, New Jersey; this New Jersey Office of the Child Advocate matter was covered by the national press and led to congressional hearings and court-ordered reform.
- Served as special counsel (along with another) to the New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee in connection with its 2000-2001 review of racial profiling and the New Jersey State Police; his pro bono work was covered by the national media and resulted in systemic change.
- In pro bono work as a volunteer attorney/training coordinator at the Jersey Battered Women’s Legal Advocacy Program, represented more than 25 women in superior court hearings to obtain temporary and final restraining orders in domestic violence matters, successfully arguing appeal before the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division.