Scott Goodwin

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Scott Goodwin specializes in civil and criminal appeals. He has advocated for clients at every level of state and federal court, including before the Delaware Court of Chancery, the Supreme Courts of Delaware and Utah, and the United States Supreme Court. His appellate experience covers a wide range of issues, including Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Eight Amendment challenges; statutory interpretation; rules of procedure and evidence; separation of powers; standing and jurisdiction; Equal Protection; sovereign immunity; prosecutorial ethics; extraordinary writs, federal habeas corpus; and actual innocence. He has represented a broad spectrum of clientele, including prisoners, tort victims, family businesses, financial institutions, prominent billionaires and politicians, and foreign heads of state. Scott has secured favorable outcomes in the vast majority of his cases – over 70 state and federal appeals – including several after oral argument.

Scott graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2006 and clerked for Judge Kent A. Jordan on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. For many years he specialized in Delaware trust law at Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP. In 2013 he left private practice to become a Deputy Attorney General in the Appeals Unit of the Delaware Department of Justice, and started his own appellate practice in 2017. Scott founded and directs the Criminal and Civil Rights Appeals Clinic at Brigham Young University's law school, where he also teaches evidence, coaches the Jessup Moot Court team, founded the Criminal Law and Justice Conference, and was named 2019 Adjunct Professor of the Year. He joined the firm in 2019.

Education

  • University of Virginia School of Law (J.D.)
  • Rice University (M.A.)
  • Brigham Young University (B.A., magna cum laude and with honors)

Clerkship

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Third and Tenth Circuits
  • U.S. District of Delaware (inactive), Utah
  • Delaware (inactive), Utah

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