A. Hugh Scott - Choate Hall & Stewart LLP

A. Hugh Scott

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2001
Phone: 617-248-5250

Hugh Scott handles complex litigation of all types and is an experienced trial lawyer.  He served as head of the firm’s Litigation Department for most of the 1990s.

Mr. Scott has been named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer and recognized in The Legal 500 as a leading lawyer for Insurance.  He was also one of only 11 insurance industry attorneys recognized as a “2013 Client Service All Star” by The BTI Consulting Group, an honor that annually identifies – through feedback from more than 240 general counsel – a select group of attorneys who display an outstanding commitment to client service excellence.  Mr. Scott was also named the 2014 Boston “Lawyer of the Year” for Insurance Law by Best Lawyers.

Practice Focus

Insurance & Reinsurance Litigation: 
litigation and arbitration on behalf of insurance companies involving disputes regarding coverage for a variety of claims, including hazardous waste sites, asbestos, business disparagement and d & o liability.

Government Enforcement & Compliance:  representation of clients in the full range of criminal and civil government enforcement actions, investigations and prosecutions.

Complex Commercial Litigation:  representation of companies in the litigation of significant disputes involving contracts and commercial dealings.

Representative Engagements

· Served as lead trial counsel defending major national insurance company against claims for nationwide environmental pollution coverage in lengthy jury trial that resulted in directed verdict for insurers.
· Served as lead appellate counsel for major national insurer in Wellington ADR appeal that succeeded in reversing adverse trial decision that had awarded substantial coverage for asbestos claims.
· Defended major Boston bank in criminal jury trial that resulted in directed verdict on fraud charges but conviction on lesser regulatory charges.
· Represented Fortune 500 company in favorable settlement of groundbreaking criminal environmental charges.
· Tried Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board case that resulted in largest individual income tax refund in the state ($47 million).
· Defended major national commodities brokerage against nationwide class action fraud case, reaching successful settlement for company.
· Prosecuted and convicted Chairman of the Massachusetts Senate Ways and Means Committee of extortion in lengthy criminal jury trial.

Publications and Presentations

· “Q&A With Choate’s Hugh Scott,” featured, Insurance Law360, March 2013.
· “The Choice-Of-Law Conundrum,” co-author, Insurance Law360, November 2011.
· "Boston Gas: Massachusetts Chooses 'Pro Rata' Allocation for 'Long Tail' Claims," co-author, Boston Bar Journal, Winter 2010.
· “Liability for Long-Tail Claims: Pro Rata or All Sums?” co-author, Law360, November 2009.
· Computer and Intellectual Property Crime: Federal and State Law, BNA Books, 2001.

Professional and Community Involvement

Mr. Scott is a member of the Boston Bar Association, Massachusetts Bar Association and American Bar Association.  He is also on the District of Massachusetts Criminal Justice Act Board and the New England Legal Foundation Advisory Board. 

Mr. Scott is a Fellow in the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel, a group of preeminent coverage and extracontractual counsel in the US and Canada dedicated to improving the civility and quality of the practice of insurance law.  Membership by nomination is limited to 1,000 lawyers with at least 15 years of experience.

Williams CollegeBA 1968Columbia UniversityJ.D. 1974

Office Location

Two International Place
Boston, MA 02110
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2014 Lawyer of the Year in Insurance Law of the Boston Metro Area
A. Hugh Scott has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

Practice Areas

Appellate Practice
Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation (Civil Litigation, Complex Litigation, Insurance, White-Collar Criminal Defense)
Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Insurance Law