Areas of Practice
- Commercial Litigation
- E-Discovery and Information Technology
- Tort Litigation and Insurance Defense
- New York
- District of Columbia
- United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
- United States District Court for the District of Columbia
- United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- J.D., New York University School of Law, 1995
- B.A., The American University, Magna Cum Laude, 1992
Scott D. Greenspan
Scott Greenspan is an AV rated, seasoned commercial, real estate, insurance coverage and business litigator and first-chair trial attorney with almost 25 years of experience in high-stakes major cases in courtrooms all over the country.
Scott is well-known in the New York legal community as a tenacious litigator who is dedicated to outworking his opponents and achieving the best results for his clients. Scott has litigated large, bet-the-company cases in courts all over the country (more than 20 states).
Scott’s cases have involved the following areas: (1) commercial litigation; (2) real estate litigation; (3) insurance coverage litigation and counseling representing both policyholders and insurance carriers; (4) partnership and business litigation; (5) banking litigation; (6) municipal litigation – particularly challenging ordinances and unfavorable land use and zoning decisions by municipalities against his clients; (7 professional liability litigation; (8) qui tam litigation under the Federal False Claims Act; (9) products liability litigation (tobacco and medical devices); (10) defamation litigation; (11) First Amendment and Constitutional litigation; (12) intellectual property litigation; and (13) franchise litigation.
Scott is often hired by clients to replace existing counsel as “crisis counsel” in cases to turn those cases around.
In his best known national victory – one of the biggest defense verdicts of the year – he served as lead trial counsel and defended a major insurance carrier in a two-month trial, winning a defense verdict against a $100 million claim. Scott also served as lead insurance coverage litigation counsel to a global insurance carrier facing: (1) as much as $1 billion in construction defect claims; and (2) as much as $1.6 billion in dental professional liability claims from an alleged overtreatment scheme in 70 dental clinics around the country.
In another insurance carrier victory, Scott won summary judgment from a California federal judge, holding that his client did not owe $20 million in defense costs to its insured. On the policyholder side, Scott obtained over $20 million in insurance settlements for an environmental pollution claim against his manufacturer client and helped recover hundreds of millions of dollars from insurance carriers for asbestos, toxic tort and environmental claims.
In his best known Long Island victory, a case heavily covered in the local media, Scott served as lead counsel to the world’s largest privately-held fitness company and saved the lease and his client’s possession of its largest health club in the world – fending off a $14 million claim by the landlord on summary judgment after winning an injunction ex parte to stop the landlord from terminating the lease. Not only did Scott save the lease but he protected his client’s over $10 million investment in the health club and the jobs of over 100 of its employees. Scott now serves as national real estate litigation counsel for that client in cases all over the United States and Canada.
In another bet-the-company case, Scott defended, as lead counsel, a major geotechnical engineering firm in a $40 million professional liability action arising from the largest retaining wall collapse in New York City history, ultimately achieving a very favorable settlement that saved his client’s business and the jobs of its 1,000 employees.
In yet another victory, Scott represented a Central American restaurant franchisee against the world’s largest restaurant franchisor and won a decisive victory, soundly defeating one of the top five New York City-based firms.
Scott is renowned for his creativity in settling cases that other lawyers claimed were not settleable. As such, Scott believes that the best way to achieve the most favorable results for his client is to prepare every case as if it is going to trial – and to be willing to go to trial.
- Long Island Business News, Court rules for tenant in fee dispute,12/14/2017
- Long Island Business News, Fee fight, 6/6/2017
- Riverheadlocal.com, 7-Eleven Lawyer: Riverhead’s proposed ban on some 24-hour businesses is ‘illegal,’ would be struck down in court, 1/25/2016
- Riverhead News-Review, Attorney for 7-Eleven says proposed 24-hour ban is illegal, 1/20/2016
Professional & Community Activities
- American Bar Association
Association of the Bar of the City of New York
- Manhattan Community Board Six, year(s): 2006-2008
Honors & Awards
- AV-rated by his peers in Martindale-Hubbell in Commercial Law (highest possible peer-review rating a lawyer can achieve)