Scott Bennett - Coppersmith Brockelman PLC

Scott Bennett

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2013
Phone: 602-381-5476

Scott is a litigator with more than a decade of experience defending clients in criminal cases, representing companies and individuals in commercial matters, and advocating on behalf of lawyers in State Bar disciplinary proceedings. He has experience in both trial and appellate courts.

Criminal Defense

Scott defends clients facing all types of criminal charges. He has represented clients against charges ranging from misdemeanor DUI to serious felonies such as aggravated assault, homicide, and white-collar offenses such as bank and mortgage fraud. Scott’s experience in commercial litigation has given him the skills necessary to defend clients in the most complex of criminal cases.

In addition to his work in the trial courts, Scott has expertise in criminal appeals, petitions for postconviction relief (Rule 32 petitions), and motions to set aside convictions (Arizona’s version of expungement). He has also defended his clients’ assets against civil racketeering and forfeiture suits brought by county attorneys and the Attorney General’s Office.

Commercial Litigation

Scott represents companies and individuals in business disputes as well as actual litigation. He has litigated many types of civil matters, including commercial disputes, franchise matters, personal-injury and wrongful-death cases, insurance bad-faith matters, and claims for employee benefits under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).

He has significant experience representing hospitals and other health care providers.  Scott has assisted health care clients in complying with the federal and state laws relating to fraud and abuse. He has represented health care providers in government investigations, internal investigations, criminal cases, civil litigation, and exclusion actions by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG).

State Bar Disciplinary Matters

Scott defends his fellow lawyers in disciplinary proceedings by the State Bar.  He also advises attorneys on matters of professional ethics.

Representative Matters

  • Represented a hospital in connection with a federal investigation into a potential disclosure of patients’ protected health information.
  • Obtained a dismissal of multiple State Bar complaints against an attorney client.

  • Represented multiple clients in filing petitions for postconviction relief, in cases ranging from armed robbery to capital murder.

  • Defended a provider of social services in a case alleging healthcare fraud.

  • Persuaded a state court to release the assets of spouses seized in a multi-million-dollar civil forfeiture case.

  • Audited the compliance program of a hospital system.

  • Successfully argued to the Arizona Supreme Court that it should overturn a criminal sentence that exceeded the trial judge’s legal authority.

Acted as local counsel in a wide variety of litigation, ranging from commercial disputes to wrongful death actions.

Publications & Speeches

  • Presenter, The Legal Ethics of Social Media (Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice, January 2013)
  • Presenter, Arizona’s Medical Marijuana Law (Arizona School of Real Estate and Business, March 2012)

  • Presenter, Using Social Media for Investigations (Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice, January 2012)

  • Co-Author, “The Continued Expansion of the False Claims Act,” Journal of Health & Life Sciences Law (October 2010, co-authored with Jim Belanger)

Arizona State UniversityBA 2000University of California BerkeleyJ.D. 2003
Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice Board of DirectorsFrom Gangs to Jobs Board of DirectorsAmerican Health Lawyers Association (AHLA)Arizona Association of Health Care Lawyers

Office Location

2800 North Central Avenue, Suite 1200
Phoenix, AZ 85004-1008
United States

Practice Areas

Criminal Defense: General Practice