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 medical devices, manufacturing, technology and e-commerce, 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.
Widely recognized for thought leadership in ethics and compliance, Mr. Killingsworth is one of only 7 private practitioners included in Ethisphere’s list of “Attorneys Who Matter” in ethics and compliance for 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. In 2018, Trust! Magazine named him one of its Top Thought Leaders in Trust based on his work on compliance in the C-Suite. He received a 2013 Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing for his “Modeling the Message” 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 honored on the “Recommended Reading” list in the Green Bag Reader of Exemplary Legal Writing.
Mr. Killingsworth has served 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. His recent publications include articles in two RAND books, the Journal of Business Compliance, Compliance & Ethics Professional, Compliance Today, Ethikos, Ethisphere, and The FCPA Blog. Mr. Killingsworth has also 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.
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 also earned his J.D. from Yale and served as Vice President and a member of the Executive Committee of the Yale Law School Association.