​Scott Field came to Butler Snow after serving on the Texas Third Court of Appeals in Austin.  Before taking the bench, Scott served clients as an appellate advocate in state and federal courts, as well as in litigation as a first-chair trial attorney. Scott now uses his experience as a judge and as an appellate and trial attorney in advising clients from the outset of litigation through the conclusion of the appellate process.  Scott is a member of Butler Snow’s litigation department and practices primarily within the Appellate and Written Advocacy and Commercial Litigation Groups.

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Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1995
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Texas: Eastern, Northern, Southern, Western
    • Colorado: District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Civic Involvement

  • Capital City A&M Club
    • Member
  • Ronald McDonald House
    • Past House Operations Committee and Fundraising Subcommittee Co-Chair
  • Austin Baptist Church
    • Member, 2014-Present
  • Austin Christian Fellowship
    • Past Member, 2007-2014
  • Hillcrest Baptist Church
    • Past Member, 1993-2007
    • Deacon
      • Vice Chair, 2005-2007
      • Secretary, 2003-2004
    • Personnel Committee, 2001-2007
    • Ad Hoc Committee on Bylaws Development, 2003-2004
    • Adult Sunday School Teacher, 1996-2005
  • Hillcrest Hoops Basketball League
    • Founder, Coach, and Referee
  • Youth Coaching
    • Town and Country Optimist Club
    • Neighborhood Sports
    • Upward Basketball
  • Four Points Chamber of Commerce
    • Charter Member

Distinctions

  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Austin Bar Foundation
  • The Four Points News, Voted “Best Lawyer” in 2008 Readers’ Poll

Education & Honors

  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., with honors, 1995
    • Order of the Coif
    • Dean’s Achievement Award
    • Who’s Who: American Law Students
    • Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship
    • The Review of Litigation
  • Texas A&M University, B.A., Political Science, summa cum laude, 1992
    • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
    • Golden Key Honor Society
    • Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society
    • Texas Aggie Bar Association Scholar
    • National Dean’s List, 4 years
  • Clerkship, Honorable Raul Gonzalez, Supreme Court of Texas, 1995-1996

Experience

  • In his six years serving as a Justice on the Texas Third Court of Appeals in Austin, Scott authored over 900 opinions for the Court and was consistently ranked as one of the most efficient appellate court justices in the State of Texas. His docket at the Court included civil and criminal appeals. The Court also handled nearly all administrative appeals brought in Texas.
  • Prior to his service on the court of appeals, Scott founded two boutique law firms after leaving a large defense firm. Scott’s practice was split between appellate and trial matters. On the appellate side, Scott handled appeals and argued in nearly every appellate court in Texas, including the Supreme Court of Texas. He also argued in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and handled appeals as counsel of record in the United States Supreme Court. Scott’s time on the Third Court of Appeals has also given him great insight in advising clients in administrative appeals.
  • Scott also had an active trial practice before taking the bench. He served as an accomplished trial attorney, including first-chair jury trial experience. His litigation practice covered a wide array of topics, including all manner of commercial disputes, first-party insurance claims, ERISA claims, contractual disputes, partnership and business break-ups, class actions, and disputes involving the government. Scott has also handled matters submitted to arbitration.
  • Scott also provides Alternative Dispute Resolution, primarily as an arbitrator, but also as a mediator of disputes.

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Co-Presenter, “Anti SLAPP Update: Recent Legislative and Case Law Developments,” State Bar of Texas and Texas Bar College CLE Webcast, August 29, 2019.
  • Panelist, "Ultra Vires Update," Advanced Texas Administrative Law Seminar, Austin, Texas, August 15, 2019.
  • Panelist, “The Texas Citizen’s Participation Act (TCPA): Still ‘Crazy’ After All These (Seven) Years,” The University of Texas School of Law’s 32nd Annual Technology Law Conference, Austin, Texas, May 24, 2019.
  • Moderator, "The Ethics of Practicing in Texas Rural Courts: A Judicial Panel," Texas Aggie Bar Association's 20th Annual Conference, College Station, Texas, March 2, 2019.
  • Presenter, “Error Preservation,” Hays County Bench/Bar, October 24, 2018.
  • Presenter, “Ethical Dos and Don’ts,” Williamson County Christian Legal Society, September 27, 2018.
  • Panelist, “Court of Appeals Panel,” State Bar 2018 Advanced Administrative Law CLE, June 7, 2018.
  • Panelist, “Judges Panel,” Eminent Domain Superconference, CLE International, February 2, 2018.
  • Presenter, “Error Preservation,” Civil Litigation Section of the Austin Bar Association, 13th Annual Trial Notebook, November 10, 2017.
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