Scott Danner’s practice focuses on complex commercial, shareholder, antitrust, and derivative litigation in federal and state courts. He has also 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. He has extensive experience representing clients in New York appellate courts, including numerous successful appeals to the New York Court of Appeals and the Appellate Division, First Department. Scott is actively involved in HSG’s pro bono practice, and regularly represents indigent criminal defendants on appeal. He is also a member of several bar associations and is the co-chair of the Appellate Courts Committee of the New York County Lawyers Association.
Scott has been recognized as a Rising Star in the 2018 edition of New York Metro Super Lawyers. Prior to joining Holwell Shuster & Goldberg, Scott was a litigation associate with Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. 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. Following law school, he served as a 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, New York’s highest court.
- The Bank of New York Mellon in an RMBS putback dispute involving hundreds of millions of dollars, including a successful opposition to an RMBS sponsor’s appeal in the New York Court of Appeals.
- Valassis Communications, Inc., a MacAndrews & Forbes company, as plaintiff in litigation against News Corp. and its subsidiaries alleging federal and state antitrust violations, unfair competitions, and tortious interference.
- Alstom, N.A., a French industrial conglomerate, in a purchase-price adjustment dispute with General Electric, arising from Alston’s purchase of a rail-signaling business from GE for nearly $1 billion.
- Directors in a publicly traded financial services company against claims for securities fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and compensation claw-back claims arising from the company’s bankruptcy.
- Directors in a major automotive company in connection with securities law and fiduciary duty claims, and civil and criminal investigations, arising from a product defect.
- A pro bono client on appeals to the Appellate Division, First Department and the New York Court of Appeals, ultimately resulting in a unanimous reversal of the conviction and dismissal of the indictment.
- A shareholder and director of a Spanish company in proceedings under 28 U.S.C. § 1782 to obtain discovery in the United States for use in a foreign proceeding.
- A major financial institution in federal and state court litigation arising from the collapse of the Madoff Ponzi scheme; successfully defended separate putative class and mass actions alleging federal securities and state law claims.
- A reinsurer in a long-running dispute over a $200 million reinsurance cession, resulting in a landmark reinsurance decision from the New York Court of Appeals.
- An international closed-end investment fund and its principals in response to Investment Advisers Act and derivative claims brought by a large hedge fund shareholder.
- A global private equity firm in Bankruptcy Court proceedings initiated by creditors of an insolvent portfolio company.
- Several public companies and their directors in multi-jurisdictional shareholder litigation related to M&A transactions, including NYSE Euronext and Astoria Financial Corp.
News and Writings
- Holwell Shuster & Goldberg, Brennan Center for Justice, and Cato Institute Submit Amicus Brief in Criminal Procedure Case Before New York’s Highest Court12.11.2018
- Holwell Shuster & Goldberg and OAD Secure New York Court of Appeals Decision Reversing “Enterprise Corruption” Conviction11.27.2018
- Hon. Colleen McMahon, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2011 – 2012
- Hon. Robert S. Smith, New York State Court of Appeals, 2009 – 2011
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 2009; Felix Frankfurter Prize; Notes Editor, Cardozo Law Review)
Cornell University (B.A., 2005; Phi Beta Kappa)
Bar and Court Admissions
- New York
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York