Sydney A. Scott

Associate

Sydney Scott represents plaintiffs and defendants in a wide array of complex commercial litigation matters.  She also has experience representing clients in FCPA and SEC investigations, and investor-state arbitrations.  

Ms. Scott received her B.A. in English from Dartmouth College in 2008, where she won three Ivy League Championships with the Dartmouth women’s basketball team and served as a senior co-captain. After graduation, Ms. Scott headed to Copenhagen, Denmark to continue her basketball career as a member of B.K. Amager, which won the league championship during her first season. She then decided to redirect her discipline, drive, and strong desire to win from the basketball court to the courtroom.  She obtained her J.D. in 2013 from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she served as an Articles Editor on the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law

After graduating from law school, Ms. Scott clerked for the Honorable James J. Brady on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana in 2013-2014, and the Honorable Chief Judge Carl E. Stewart on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in 2014-2015, before joining the Houston office of Vinson & Elkins.

Representative Matters

Representing a group of whistleblowers bringing claims against multinational defense contractor under the False Claims Act.

Briefed and argued appeal before the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of settlement trust established to administer claims arising out of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan.

Represented private equity energy fund in breach-of-contract dispute involving a peaking power plant against contractor. 

Admissions:
State Bar of Texas
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Organizations:
American Bar Association
Houston Bar Association
Houston Young Lawyers Association
Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow

One is Not Born, But Becomes a Woman: A Fourteenth Amendment Argument in Support of Having Male to Female Transgender Inmates in Female Facilities, 15 U. PA. J. Const. L. 1259 (2013)

Dartmouth College
B.A., English, June 2008

University of Pennsylvania Law School
J.D., 2013
Articles Editor, University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law

Law Clerk
to the Hon. James Brady
United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana, 2013-2014

Law Clerk
to the Hon. Chief Judge Carl E. Stewart
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 2014-2015

Associate
Vinson & Elkins
2015-May, 2017

Associate
Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, L.L.P.
June, 2017-Present