Scott Zweigel is a results-oriented litigator. Concentrating on complex commercial disputes, Scott has helped clients successfully resolve numerous large and seemly intractable problems. His pragmatic, comprehensive approach serves as a catalyst to finding solutions and helping his clients achieve their objectives.
As a member of the firm’s Litigation group, Scott represents businesses, financial institutions, healthcare providers, and other companies facing claims in federal courts, state courts, and arbitration, including FINRA arbitration. He has handled a wide range of disputes, including securities litigation and securities arbitration, business tort and breach of contract litigation, class action defense, data breach disputes, electronic discovery issues, restrictive covenant disputes, and complex contract litigation.
Scott enjoys working with his clients to find successful resolutions to their matters, whether via judgment or negotiated agreement. With his experience in complex litigation, Scott knows that the path to the optimal outcome is never a straight or obvious one, and he is always focused on his clients’ strategic objectives. At the same time, his diligent and disciplined approach allows him to navigate through the tactical processes necessary to reach those objectives.
Served as lead counsel representing a healthcare client in a putative class action following one of the largest reported healthcare-related cybersecurity events in Georgia.
After two weeks of evidentiary hearings before a FINRA securities arbitration panel in New York City in March and May of 2018, the firm secured a complete victory for the broker-dealer client, which had been accused of various wrongdoing concerning a customer's account. The customer had claimed over $14,000,000 in damages and recovered nothing. The panel found that the claims were "false" and recommended that the supervisor's industry records be expunged of any reference to the customer's claims. The case was complicated because it involved over six years of trading and because of the absence of any testimony from the broker, who, tragically, passed away just a few weeks before the hearings began.
Won a major victory on behalf of a securities broker-dealer in a customer case that was decided by a three-arbitrator FINRA panel. The case involved allegedly improper withdrawals from a trust account, which was depleted by the trustee for his own use. The customers sought $19 million in damages. After a week-long evidentiary hearing, the Panel rejected all of the customers’ claims, awarded our client $500,000 in attorney fees, and ruled that the individual brokers’ regulatory records should be “expunged” of all references to the “false” claims.
Served as lead counsel for our broker/dealer client in a series of cases arising out of a third party's alleged ponzi scheme. The broker/dealer client successfully defeated claims filed in Federal District Court in New York and California and in three FINRA arbitrations and recovered attorneys' fees in two of the arbitrations.
Obtained a complete dismissal of a putative class action filed against a major national bank client related to alleged misrepresentations regarding Vendor's Single Interest ("VSI") insurance for automobile loans.
Favorably settled a hotly contested action involving complex securities derivative products for a national bank.
Counseled clients following cybersecurity events.
Reviewed client policies and manuals to address privacy and data security concerns.
Defended national subprime lender in series of class actions and Attorney General enforcement action addressing novel loan issue requiring litigation and arguments in Federal District Court, Federal Circuit Court, Georgia Superior Court and Georgia Supreme Court. Matters resolved by comprehensive settlement.
The firm represented a law firm in a government investigation and related civil proceedings involving allegations that deceased managing partner stole millions of dollars of client trust funds over many years.
Multiple representations as local counsel for national firms without a Georgia presence in state and federal court litigation.
Presenter, “Overview of Data Breach Litigation Issues,” Meritas U.S./Canada Litigation and Labor & Employment Meeting (October 2018)
Co-Presenter, “Springing the Well-Laid Trap; Impeachment Under Georgia’s New Evidence Code,” ICLE: State Bar Series seminar, “Georgia Foundations and Objections Update” (presented with Partner, William Holley) (February 2015)
Selected for the University of Georgia's 40 Under 40 Class of 2019
Earned the ANSI-accredited Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) credential through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) (2018)
Selected as one of Georgia Trend's "Legal Elite" for General Practice/Trial Law (2018) and Business Law (2016)
Recognized as a Georgia Super Lawyer "Rising Star" byLaw & Politics Media and Atlanta Magazine (top 2.5% of attorneys in Georgia 40 years old or younger or in practice 10 years or less) (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
Recognized in Martindale-Hubbell's Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers; Rated AV Preeminent