Scott Livingston’s mentor once told him he should aspire to provide nothing short of legendary client service. He took that advice to heart. Widely recognized as a preeminent trial and appellate lawyer, Mr. Livingston utilizes these skills for the passionate representation of his clients and the tireless pursuit of their goals.
After clerking for a federal court of appeals judge, Mr. Livingston began his practice in Washington, D.C. with Morrison & Foerster before moving to the Pittsburgh area in 1991.
For nearly 40 years Mr. Livingston has achieved outstanding results for individual and business clients in litigation involving a wide variety of claims including mass tort, commercial contracts, class actions, real estate, partnership disputes, securities fraud, antitrust, insurance coverage, and personal injury. A few career highlights illustrate the breadth of Mr. Livingston’s experience:
- As co-lead counsel, Mr. Livingston successfully defended a major pharmacy chain in bellwether cases seeking billions in damages in the opioids multidistrict litigation the largest MDL in U.S. history.
- Mr. Livingston successfully represented an Irish telecommunications provider in two international arbitrations seeking $30 million in damages against two major customers before the International Court of Arbitration.
- Mr. Livingston successfully defended the board of directors of a telecommunications provider in a class action seeking $40 million in damages for alleged securities fraud in connection with the sale of their corporation.
- Mr. Livingston represented the State of Alaska in a $2 billion dispute involving corrosion on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.
- In multidistrict litigation in federal court in Pittsburgh, Mr. Livingston successfully represented one of the principal defendants against security fraud claims seeking nearly $1 billion in the Phar-Mor Securities Multidistrict Litigation.
- On behalf of both insureds and insurers, Mr. Livingston has successfully handled numerous multimillion dollar insurance coverage disputes including CGL, D&O and Employment Practices policies.
- At present, Mr. Livingston is co-lead counsel in a cutting-edge case seeking coverage for potentially billions of dollars in liability for distributing and dispensing opioids.
Mr. Livingston also has considerable expertise in successfully litigating attorney fee petitions including serving as an expert witness in federal court on such matters.
Mr. Livingston began his legal career as a clerk for Judge Sam J. Ervin III in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Since his clerkship, Mr. Livingston has devoted a significant portion of his practice to appellate litigation before the Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Ohio Supreme Courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, Sixth and Ninth Circuits, and other appellate courts throughout the United States.
For over 25 years, Mr. Livingston has been a commercial arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and, in that capacity, he has served as an arbitrator in disputes involving many different industries and substantive areas of the law including technology, steel, banking, real estate, insurance, and franchise.
- Commercial Litigation
- Commercial Contracts
- Employment Disputes
- Partnership Disputes
- Corporate Governance
- Securities Fraud
- Insurance Coverage
- Appellate Litigation
- Personal Injury Litigation
- District of Columbia
- North Carolina (inactive)
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
- Morrison & Foerster, Washington, D.C.
- Duke University, J.D. (Honors), 1984
- Cornell University, B.A. (Economics) 1981 (with Distinction)
- The Honorable Sam J. Ervin III, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
- James S. Bidlake Writing Award
- Administrative Editor, Law & Contemporary Problems, 1982-1984
- Phi Beta Kappa, Presidential Honor Scholar
- For over 25 years, Mr. Livingston has been a commercial arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and, in that capacity, he has served as an arbitrator in disputes involving many different industries and substantive areas of the law including technology, steel, banking, real estate, insurance, and franchise.