J. Scott Newton - Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

J. Scott Newton

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2011
Phone: 601-351-8914

J. Scott Newton, shareholder in the Firm's Jackson and Washington, D.C. offices, is the chair of the government services group where he leads the disaster financial oversight practice. Mr. Newton also concentrates his practice on government investigations and litigation focusing on health care fraud, white collar crime and internal corporate investigations. He has extensive jury and bench trial experience in cases including the prosecution of white collar crime, murder/manslaughter and a variety of others, as well as civil actions.

His practice is focused upon defending health care providers, including hospital systems, health maintenance organizations, pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors, physician practices, nursing homes, among others, against False Claims Act (FCA) and its qui tam provisions, kickback, Stark and other allegations. He regularly responds to search warrants and subpoenas, grand jury investigations, including preparing witness testimony and/or production of records, leading litigation and negotiating resolution settlements, pleas, Corporate Integrity Agreements and other collateral consequences. He has experience serving as an expert witness in health care fraud litigation. Mr. Newton leads the Firm's disaster recovery practice, which has provided financial management oversight, grant administration and compliance, legal, regulatory and policy advice in $5.5 billion to federal programs related to Hurricane Katrina. The work has been recognized as a leading practice by the United States Government Accountability Office.

Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Newton served as an Assistant United States Attorney for Health Care Fraud Enforcement in Louisiana and Mississippi, where he prosecuted more than 200 complex health care fraud cases, resulting in the recovery of more than $25 million for the Medicare Trust Fund. He also prosecuted one of the largest narcotics traffickers in the country, obtaining the first life sentence in a drug case in the Southern District of Mississippi. He has experience in prosecuting public corruption cases and has tried white collar and drug cases. Mr. Newton is a two-time recipient of the prestigious "Integrity Award," a national award for prosecutorial excellence.

Mr. Newton also served as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation where he led one of the first corporate scandal investigations, a $520 million international tax evasion, securities and bank fraud case involving a public company and its nationally known accounting, investment banking and law firms. The Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, General Counsel, and three Managing Directors, who inflated stock prices and diverted millions offshore, were convicted.

University of MississippiBA 1987University of Mississippi School of LawJ.D. 1990
United States Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force American Health Lawyers AssociationAlliance Defense Fund Special Counsel to the Governor's Commission for Recovery, Rebuilding, and Renewal Following Hurricane KatrinaJudicial Advisory Study CommitteeMississippi College School of Law (2009 – 2011) Mississippi College School of Law (Spring 2012) Association of Certified Fraud ExaminersHinds County District Attorney's Office

Case History

Representative Matters
  • Member of the trial team for a defendant health care provider in United States ex rel Jamison v. McKesson Corporation, et al, in which the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi found that the federal government failed to carry its burden of proof in a $895 million suit. The government alleged that one of the country's largest skilled nursing facilities and an affiliate entered into a kickback arrangement with a pharmaceutical company resulting in a violation of the False Claims Act (FCA) and Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS). The case is significant because of the amount of the allegation and as one of the rare defense trial verdicts in a federal FCA action.
  • Defended a large physician-owned Medicare Advantage HMO in parallel criminal and civil investigation in which the United States alleged a significant failure to provide care to Medicare members. After a three year investigation, the criminal and civil matters against the client were closed without action.
  • Defended hospital in parallel criminal and civil FCA and AKS investigation in which the federal government alleged payments were made to a physician for nearly $45 million in referrals (not including FCA or AKS penalties, which would have resulted in several hundred million being alleged). After the criminal case against the hospital was closed without action, a $1.75 million settlement was eventually reached. The non-client physician went to trial and is currently serving a 7 1/2 year sentence.

Client Comments

"Mr. Newton provided effective, concise, and relevant advice to my healthcare-related legal matters."

"I cannot speak highly enough of Scott Newton's personal attributes and professionalism as an attorney. Not only is Scott truly an expert is his field, but he is one of the most ethical and fair-minded individuals that I know. He is dogged in his pursuit for justice, truly caring about his clients and always having their best interests at heart. Scott has an excellent reputation with his peers as well as in the community as a whole. Always approachable and responsive to current and future client's needs, his success has not changed his principles, work ethic, or commitment to every person he represents."

-Lynn Carvel

Office Location

One Eastover Center, Suite 400
100 Vision Drive
Jackson, MS 39211
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Antitrust of the Jackson-MS Metro Area
J. Scott Newton has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!

Practice Areas

Government Relations Practice
Health Care Law
Litigation - Antitrust