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Scott A. Chesin

Mayer Brown LLP

New York, NY, USA


Scott Chesin is a partner in the Supreme Court and Appellate practice in Mayer Brown’s New York office. He handles appeals in state and federal courts throughout the country, and he regularly partners with trial lawyers at Mayer Brown and at other firms to develop legal strategies applicable to all phases of litigation: pre-trial, trial, post-trial, and appeal. Scott has experience litigating a wide variety of substantive legal issues; his particular areas of interest are product liability defense, punitive damages, and criminal defense. According to Legal 500, Scott is an “appellate specialist” who comes “highly recommended” by clients. In 2013, the New York Law Journal named Scott to its list of “Rising Stars” – lawyers under 40 who are “top contributors to the practice of law and their communities.” He has been listed as an appellate “Rising Star” by New York Super Lawyers since 2014. Also in 2014, he was appointed by the Second Circuit to its Criminal Justice Act panel, through which he accepts court appointments to represent indigent criminal defendants on appeal.

Scott’s appellate practice is national in scope, with a particular focus on New York-based matters: since joining Mayer Brown in 2004, Scott has argued appeals in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Appellate Divisions for the First and Second Departments; he will argue his first case in the New York Court of Appeals in September 2015. Scott has authored approximately 75 appellate briefs, including approximately three dozen filed in the New York appellate courts (the Court of Appeals, the Appellate Divisions, and the Second Circuit), and others filed all around the country (including in the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Seventh, Eighth, and Eleventh Circuits, and multiple state appellate courts.

In addition to handling purely appellate matters, Scott regularly briefs and argues complex issues at the trial-court level. In the past four years, Scott has served as lead legal strategy counsel during ten highstakes jury trials. In addition, he has handled pre-trial motions practice and appellate preservation for over a dozen other cases that have either gone to trial or been resolved prior to trial. As legal strategy counsel before and during trials, Scott handles all aspects of appellate preservation, including drafting and arguing motions in limine, dispositive motions, directed-verdict and post-trial motions, proposed jury instructions and verdict forms, and exhibit objections. Scott regularly publishes and lectures on the subject of appellate preservation.

Scott received his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was a James Kent Scholar and a member of the Law Review. He received his A.B., cum laude in History, from Harvard College, where he won the Wendell Phillips Prize for the most promising orator in his class. Following graduation from law school, Scott served as a law clerk to Judge Pierre N. Leval of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Scott A. Chesin is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Appellate Advocacy: Strategic Choices in Trial Courts, Discretionary Review Proceedings - Appellate Advocacy 2017, Friday, April 21, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Appellate Advocacy: Strategic Choices in Trial Courts, Discretionary Review Proceedings - Appellate Advocacy: Strategic Choices in Trial Courts, Discretionary Review Proceedings, Friday, April 21, 2017
Transcripts  Transcripts Appellate Advocacy: Strategic Choices in Trial Courts, Discretionary Review Proceedings - Appellate Advocacy: Strategic Choices in Trial Courts, Discretionary Review Proceedings, Friday, April 21, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Appellate Advocacy: Strategic Choices in Trial Courts, Discretionary Review Proceedings - Appellate Advocacy: Strategic Choices in Trial Courts, Discretionary Review Proceedings, Friday, April 21, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Appellate Advocacy 2017, Wednesday, May 03, 2017, New York, NY
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Appellate Advocacy 2018, Thursday, April 19, 2018, New York, NY
PLI Grpcast-Live Web  PLI Grpcast-Live Web Appellate Advocacy 2018, Thursday, April 19, 2018, Nashville, TN
Appellate Advocacy 2018, Thursday, April 19, 2018, Atlanta, GA
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Appellate Advocacy 2018, Friday, April 20, 2018, New York, NY
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