J. Scott Sheehan - Greenberg Traurig LLP

J. Scott Sheehan

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1995
Phone: 713-374-3543

J. Scott Sheehan is a business lawyer with a national practice in banking and financial institutions, and consumer and commercial financial services. He is known for his issue advocacy and development of legal strategies for the banking and consumer finance sector, and co-authors the Texas Usury Law Handbook by West Publishing. He focuses his practice on legal and public policy issues and innovative solutions, including new product development, legal compliance, litigation, and issue advocacy in judicial, legislative, administrative, and arbitration proceedings. Scott currently serves as Chairman of the influential Texas Business Law Foundation.

Scott has been recognized by his peers as one of The Best Lawyers in America and a Texas Super Lawyer. He is also a member of "Scribes," the American Society of Writers on Legal Subjects.

The Ohio State UniversityBA 1972The University of Texas School of LawJ.D. 1976
Texas Business Law Foundation American Arbitration Association Park at Memorial Heights Homeowners' AssociationHouston Junior Chamber of CommerceConference on Consumer Finance LawAmerican Bar AssociationFinance Lawyers Committee, Manufactured Housing InstituteHouse Financial Institutions Committee Task Force on Texas Finance Code RevisionHouston Bar AssociationHouston Commercial Finance Lawyers ForumOffice of the Consumer Credit Commissioner Plain-Language Task ForcePayday Loan Bar AssociationTexas Home Equity Discussion Group

Case History

Other Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

Areas of Concentration
  • Consumer and commercial financial services
  • Federal and state regulation of consumer credit and other financial services
  • Banking
  • Government relations
  • Usury
  • Real estate
  • Contract law
  • Suretyship
  • Commercial litigation
  • Dispute resolution
  • General business law
Significant Representations
  • Represented financial institutions and consumer and commercial finance companies in product design, legal compliance and design and preparation of standard business practices, forms and procedures.
  • Represented lenders in legal review of commercial and consumer finance loan portfolios.
  • Issue advocacy on major banking and consumer and commercial finance issues before judicial, legislative, arbitration and administrative tribunals.
  • Served as arbitrator or mediator in complex commercial cases involving patents, bank tying act, mergers and acquisitions, marketing services, manufacturing, and other contract or business tort disputes.
  • Represented of day trading company in major arbitration matter.
  • Represented credit service organization regarding landmark decision in class action lawsuit regarding credit service organization fees under state usury law and federal RICO statute.
  • Represented sale lease-back company in landmark case brought by a state attorney general regarding state law usury claims.
  • Represented home equity lenders in individual and class action lawsuits.
  • Represented state and national trade associations in amicus curiae briefs in state and federal court regarding usury, deposit account services, insufficient check fees, home equity lending and other issues.
  • Representation of foreign insurance company in dispute regarding reinsurance treaties and letters of credit.

Client Comments

"Scott is a very experienced attorney who always offers valuable legal counsel to any business situation. Scott is able to provide practical legal advice that greatly assists the management personnel of his clients."

"Scott Sheehan has been our lawyer for over 20 years and is an excellent consumer credit attorney. Scott and I have been through 2 major lawsuits and have prevailed in both of them thanks to Scott's scholarly work in helping the trial lawyer frame the debate. I often recommend Scott Sheehan to competitors as I want them to be compliant and on good legal footing. I highly recommend Scott."

-Gary Elkins
Vice President
Corporate Managing Systems

Office Location

1000 Louisiana Street, Suite 1700
Houston, TX 77002
United States

Practice Areas

Financial Services Regulation Law
Litigation - Banking and Finance