M. Scott Barnard > Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP > Dallas, United States > Lawyer Profile

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
2300 N. Field Street
Suite 1800
Dallas, TX 75201-2481
United States
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Work Department

Partner; Litigation


Scott Barnard handles business litigation matters in both federal and state court, with particular experience in securities litigation. Mr. Barnard defends and advises public companies, directors and officers, broker-dealers and board committees in matters involving securities class actions, shareholder derivative suits, suits for breach of fiduciary duty and other business torts, internal investigations, investigations and other regulatory actions by FINRA, the Securities and Commission (SEC), and other authorities, allegations of insider trading, and corporate governance matters. He is the partner in charge of the Dallas office, a member of the firmwide Litigation Steering Committee, and a member of the Dallas office Inclusion Council.

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Assistant District Attorney, Office of the Dallas County District Attorney.


J.D., Southern Methodist University School of Law, cum laude, 1997; B.A., Trinity University, 1994. 

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is well versed in disputes in connection with investment funds, hedge funds and financial restructuring. Its client portfolio further sees a range of national corporations, which the firm can support from several offices. Team leader Stephen M. Baldini in New York also is a key contact for private equity and hedge funds in their contentious matters, while the Dallas-based M. Scott Barnard takes on business torts, fraud actions, and commercial contract disputes. Los Angeles’ Neal Ross Marder is noted for his consumer class action know-how. Anthony T. Pierce from the Washington DC and Seamus C Duffy in Philadelphia are also highlighted.

United States > Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is highly regarded for representing leading financial institutions and public companies, including private investment funds, broker dealers, and public accounting firms, in private litigation arising under the federal securities and commodities laws, as well as related investigations and enforcement proceedings. The firm’s securities litigators regularly collaborate with its market-leading hedge fund and private equity fund advisory practice to handle cutting-edge litigation issues, such as short-swing trading claims for investment funds. Practice head Stephen M. Baldini in New York led the defense of a special committee of Eastman Kodak directors in investigations related to trading and stock options grants in advance of a public news announcement that the company had entered into a letter of interest concerning a loan from the United States Development Finance Corporation (DFC). M. Scott Barnard and Michelle Reed in Dallas also play key roles in the practice. In New York, the team gained emerging partner talent Uri Itkin from Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP in May 2022.