Scott C. Hall

Partner

Scott Hall's practice focuses on complex civil litigation in federal and state court at the trial and appellate levels. Scott has broad experience in a wide range of commercial litigation, including consumer class actions, general business disputes, trademark and copyright infringement actions, and in defending claims brought under various federal and state statutes, including the TCPA, FCRA, FDCPA and California Proposition 65.

Scott also advises clients on data privacy and cybersecurity issues, including in response to data breaches and in connection with business transactions, and has been certified by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) as a Certified Information Privacy Professional for U.S. laws and regulations (CIPP/US). Scott's clients include companies in the financial, food and beverage, electronics, technology, and telecommunications industries.

Prior to joining the firm, Scott was a litigation associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP in Silicon Valley. Scott served as a law clerk to the Honorable William W Schwarzer of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, sitting by designation on the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First, Third, Sixth and Ninth Circuits.

Notable Representations

  • Advised clients in financial services and other industries regarding data privacy issues and responses to data breach incidents.
  • Represented several major music labels in copyright infringement action in federal court against online music service, obtaining favorable settlement for music labels.
  • Obtained Fifth Circuit affirmance of summary judgment order disposing of putative consumer class action for alleged false advertising.
  • Achieved dismissal, at pleading stage, of petition for writ of mandate challenging county enforcement actions as violations of California Environmental Quality Act.
  • Represented Fortune 500 company in connection with U.S. Department of Justice antitrust investigation, resulting in no action taken against company.
  • Represented Samsung Electronics Co. in connection with patent, trademark and trade dress infringement claims related to smartphone and tablet computer products brought by Apple Inc. in federal court and in the U.S. International Trade Commission.
  • Represented publicly traded technology company in securities class action and related shareholder derivative suit arising from company's restatement of financials involving $2 billion loss of market capitalization, obtaining dismissals with prejudice.
  • Represented global company in connection with potential violations of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in multiple countries, obtaining favorable settlement, including non-prosecution agreement with U.S. Department of Justice and deferred prosecution agreement with Securities and Exchange Commission.

Publications

Professional Activities

Scott is a member of the State Bar of California, the Bar Association of San Francisco and the Santa Clara County Bar Association. He is admitted to practice in all federal districts in California, as well as before the Fifth, Ninth and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

Education

Scott earned his law degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 2004, where he served as an Executive Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. He received his B.A. in Political Science, cum laude, from Brigham Young University in 2000.