Scott Killingsworth’s practice focuses on organizational compliance and ethics, corporate law and transactions. He helps boards and senior executives with corporate compliance program design, implementation and evaluation, corporate governance and strategy formulation, and negotiated transactions. He brings to his compliance practice three decades of practical experience as outside general counsel to companies in fields as diverse as technology and e-commerce, medical devices, manufacturing, logistics and health care. In that capacity he helped manage compliance risk in such areas as privacy, intellectual property, government and commercial contracting and healthcare regulation, well before compliance was recognized as a distinct practice area.
Mr. Killingsworth serves on the Board of Governors of the Center for Ethics and Corporate Responsibility at Georgia State University and on the Executive Committee of the Georgetown Corporate Counsel Institute Board.
Widely recognized for thought leadership in ethics and compliance, Mr. Killingsworth is one of only 8 private practitioners included in Ethisphere’s list of “Attorneys Who Matter” in ethics and compliance for 2013, 2014 and 2015. He received a 2013 Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing for his “Modeling the Message” law review article on ethical leadership, culture and compliance. “Modeling the Message” is among the top ½ of 1% most requested titles from the Social Science Research Network scholarship archive and was also included on the “Recommended Reading” list in the Green Bag Reader of Exemplary Legal Writing.
In recent months Mr. Killingsworth has published articles in two RAND books, the Journal of Business Compliance, Compliance & Ethics Professional, Compliance Today, Ethikos, Ethispnere, and The FCPA Blog, and has been profiled or quoted in the Wall Street Journal, American Bar Association Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, Huffington Post, Compliance Today, Compliance & Ethics Professional, Corporate Counsel, Corporate Secretary, Corporate Crime Reporter, Journal of Business Compliance, Financial Times Agenda and Ethisphere, and in a number of leading compliance blogs such as the Business Law Profs Blog, Ethical Systems, Compliance Strategists, Behavioral Legal Ethics Blog, the FCPA Blog, the FCPA Compliance & Ethics Blog, Internal Investigations Blog, Conflict of Interest Blog, and Corruption, Crime & Compliance.
Mr. Killingsworth has been invited to speak on compliance topics at RAND Corporate Compliance Symposia; Georgetown Law School's Corporate Counsel Institute; the SCCE Annual Compliance and Ethics Institute; PLI’s Corporate Compliance and Ethics Institute and its Advanced Compliance and Ethics Workshop; the Journal of Legal Ethics Symposium; the Ethics and Compliance Officer Association Annual Ethics and Compliance Conference; the NACD/Terry Board Governance Summit; The SCCE Board Audit and Compliance Committee Conference; the Chicago Regional Business Ethics Network; Institute of Internal Auditors, Association of College and University Auditors, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Law WithOut Walls, and Thomson Reuters conferences; Ethisphere, ECOA and SCCE webinars; several law and business schools and private workshops; and many other accredited educational programs on compliance program design, structure, effectiveness, and assessment, and ethical leadership and corporate culture.
Mr. Killingsworth was the only lawyer in the Southeast named to the BTI Consulting Group’s Client Service All-Star Team in both 2007 and 2008, an honor reserved for lawyers singled out for superior client service by one or more Fortune 1000 clients in BTI’s independent survey. This distinction was awarded to only 113 lawyers nationwide in 2007, and to 148 in 2008.
He has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Business Compliance, E-Commerce Law Report, Technology Transactions, Intellectual Property Counselor, and the International Journal of e-Business Strategy Management, and as Contributing Editor to a Matthew Bender treatise on the legal duties of corporate boards of directors. His published work has been cited in law reviews from Stanford, Harvard, Northwestern, Berkeley and Vanderbilt, among others, in several textbooks and legal reference works, and in an opinion of the Supreme Court of Canada.
He received his bachelor’s degree in Culture and Behavior at Yale University, where he was a Yale National Scholar and National Merit Scholar, graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with Honors with Exceptional Distinction, and later served on the alumni Board of Governors. He earned his J.D. from Yale Law School, and has served as Vice President and a member of the Executive Committee of the Yale Law School Association.