McGregor Scott

Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

McGregor “Greg” Scott’s practice focuses on white collar criminal defense and corporate investigations. Mr. Scott is an experienced trial lawyer who frequently represents major companies across industries—including health care, retail and construction—that are facing government investigations. He also manages cross-border teams of attorneys on internal corporate probes in multiple global jurisdictions.

His experience as a former government prosecutor on numerous high profile cases allows him to leverage his operational knowledge of, and relationships with, law enforcement—at the state, federal and international level. His expertise and media savvy make him a critical, first-stop advisor for companies in crisis.

A former United States Attorney for the Eastern District of California, Mr. Scott has nearly 20 years of experience as a prosecutor, and has tried nearly 100 cases to jury verdict. He also served as an elected district attorney.

As a U.S. Attorney, Mr. Scott ran an office of approximately 75 lawyers who represented the federal government in both criminal and civil matters. Among his office’s high-profile cases were the following:

  • The “Lodi terror case,” which resulted in a jury-trial guilty verdict for material support to terrorists.
  • Overseeing the creation and implementation of a mortgage fraud task force at his office that led the nation in the number of individuals indicted for mortgage fraud-related activity.
  • A major antitrust investigation that included convictions for violations of the Sherman Antitrust Act.
  • A record settlement against Tenet Healthcare for fraudulent Medicare billing based on unnecessary cardiac procedures.

Prior to his federal government post, Mr. Scott served as the District Attorney of Shasta County, California, where he was elected twice. He also served as a Deputy District Attorney in Contra Costa County, California.

While a prosecutor, Mr. Scott served on numerous California District Attorney Association and U.S. Department of Justice committees, including as chair of the U.S. Attorneys’ Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Committee.

Mr. Scott serves as an adjunct professor of law at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law where he teaches National Security Law.

Mr. Scott retired in 2008 as a lieutenant colonel from the United States Army Reserve after 23 years of service as an infantry officer.  He is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College.

  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 1989
  • B.A., Santa Clara University, 1985

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Publications and Multimedia
Marijuana: Examining the Tensions Between State and Federal Laws - Podcast
Criminal Law & Procedure Practice Group Podcast
May 17, 2013
Blueford v. Arkansas - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 05-25-12 featuring McGregor Scott
May 25, 2012
Grand Jury Reform - Podcast
Criminal Law & Procedure Practice Group Podcast
April 25, 2012