Scott Young’s practice focuses on defense of government entities and employees in civil rights disputes, commercial litigation, and insurance and transportation defense. Scott is also an expert in the statistical analysis of statutes, judges, and jurisdictions and has clients nationwide. Scott is highly respected for his time serving as President of the Utah Federal Bar Association. Scott currently chairs the Utah Bar’s Constitutional Law Section, and he routinely presents on constitutional issues.
Scott enjoys travel and endurance sports. He has lived in Florence, Rome, Naples, and Jerusalem. He has hitchhiked through the Palestinian territories, hiked in Ethiopia, and biked throughout Tuscany. He is an Ironman triathlete, has completed the Boston (twice), New York and Athens marathons, and has cycled around the Sea of Galilee.
Government and Civil Rights Defense
Scott studied civil rights under Professor Jack Greenberg, one of the lead attorneys in Brown v. Board of Education and other landmark civil rights cases, at Columbia Law School. He has successfully defended excessive force, unreasonable seizure, free speech, due process, equal protection, and other constitutional claims.
Scott has represented a number of businesses in complex commercial disputes. He gained an inside perspective on the issues presented by these cases while clerking in federal district court and has used this experience to successfully litigate claims in a number of commercial claims matters.
Insurance and Transportation Defense
Scott has significant experience defending an array of businesses and trucking companies against personal injury claims. He is highly experienced in all phases of litigation, from investigation immediately after a trucking accident, through discovery and trial. He is available 24 hours a day to oversee the investigation of large-scale accidents and ensure that evidence is properly preserved.
Statistical Analysis of Judges and Courts
Only four percent of cases actually go to trial. Ninety-six percent of the time, judges make the decisions. By applying statistical science to the analysis of available judicial decisions, Scott gives his clients a distinct edge when choosing legal strategies. Scott and his clients use this analysis to determine the tendencies of judges – such as how likely they are to grant summary judgment in certain types of cases, what kinds of evidence they find persuasive, and how long they take to render decisions – and put that information to work.
Scott’s article on PN Newswire: Salt Lake City attorney Scott Young examines the statistical odds of success in Ferguson Civil Court Lawsuit has been widely circulated. Additionally, at the Federal Bar Association’s 2015 Annual Convention, Scott gave an engaging discussion on the topic. An abbreviated version of his PowerPoint Presentation: Moneyball takes the bench: A statistical analysis.
Listen to Scott’s Podcast:
- J.D., Columbia Law School, 2005
- B.A., Claremont McKenna College, Economics and Accounting, 2001
Bar & Court Admissions
- Utah State Bar
- U.S. District Court, District of Utah
- Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
- United States Supreme Court
- Wyoming State Bar