Scott Lerner is a trial lawyer and disputes specialist who represents companies and individuals in complex commercial litigation, class actions, investigations, corporate crises and other disputes.
Scott's practice has a particular focus on representing clients in connection with sports-related disputes, having advised hundreds of professional athletes and coaches, sports franchises, team owners, sporting event organizers, apparel companies, sports charities, sports unions, and iGaming organizations. Prior to joining White & Case, Scott represented the United States Soccer Foundation, Inc. in high-stakes trademark and copyright litigation against the United States Soccer Federation, Inc. concerning the use of the Foundation's trade name "U.S. Soccer Foundation." Scott also recently represented Major League Baseball All-Stars Ryan Howard and Ryan Zimmerman in high-profile civil litigation against an international media company in a defamation action arising from statements the network made in a documentary falsely accusing the players of using performance-enhancing drugs. Scott also represented Mr. Howard and Mr. Zimmerman in a related MLB investigation, which subsequently cleared the athletes of any wrongdoing. Scott also has extensive experience advising and leading sports franchises and institutions through internal investigations and culture reviews following allegations of workplace misconduct. Beyond his sports practice, Scott has also regularly represents media companies in commercial disputes involving intellectual property rights and broadband spectrum.
Prior to his career in private practice, Scott worked at the NFL Players Association where he was part of the legal team that led the union through the NFL's 2011 lockout and the union's historic decertification. While at the NFL Players Association, Scott represented countless NFL players in connection with various labor and contract disputes with the NFL and its member clubs. Scott also worked extensively on developing return-to-play guidelines for NFL players who suffered traumatic brain injuries.