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Vanessa A. Scott

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

Washington, DC, USA


Vanessa Scott is a partner in Sutherland’s Washington DC tax practice, where she advises on employee benefits and matters related to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).  Ms. Scott counsels domestic and international  insurers on a wide range of regulatory and compliance matters relating to ERISA-governed benefits and retirement services products. She is nationally recognized for her insight on Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) issues, and is a sought-after speaker on the Department of Labor’s (DOL) re-proposal on the definition of investment advice fiduciary.

Ms. Scott is focused on providing creative legal solutions for insurers operating in a quickly changing market. Her experience includes assisting one of the world’s largest international specialty reinsurers with ERISA issues associated with surplus and excess lines, stop-loss insurance, catastrophic coverage and specialty health risks. Ms. Scott also drafted several comment letters regarding the DOL’s fiduciary re-proposal on behalf of insurance groups and financial services firms. As a member of Sutherland’s Privacy and Data Security team, Ms. Scott also has experience advising on Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) issues, state health privacy laws, and claims-related cyber risk exposure.

Ms. Scott’s unique practice combines her proficiency with the technical rules that govern ERISA-governed benefits and products with her policy experience as a former Congressional aide and federal government relations representative. She frequently represents her clients’ interests before federal and state agencies and the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, and she has testified before members of Congress on insurance matters relating to the PPACA and healthcare transparency.

Ms. Scott is frequently quoted in the trade press and national publications, and she was named a Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer for the third time in 2015. She serves as Sutherland’s national Chief Diversity Officer  and is an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center. She attended Duke University and the Vanderbilt University School of Law, and she holds an LL.M. in Taxation from the Georgetown University Law Center.

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