Scott E. Zweigel

Scott E. Zweigel

Partner | Atlanta Office
szweigel@phrd.com
T: (404) 420-4338
F: (404) 522-8409
 

Practice Group(s)

Services

Education

  • University of Georgia School of Law - J.D. (2005) cum laude; Georgia Law Review
  • University of Georgia - B.A. Political Science (2002)

Admitted to Practice

  • Georgia
  • 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals
  • 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals
  • 4th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • 11th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Northern District of Georgia
  • Middle District of Georgia
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Georgia Supreme Court



 

About Scott

Scott is a partner with the firm's litigation practice group. Scott's practice focuses on complex commercial disputes and litigation in federal courts, state courts, and arbitration. Scott enjoys working with clients to find a successful resolution and has experience negotiating a broad range of disputes, including securities litigation and securities arbitration, business tort and breach of contract litigation, class action defense, data breach disputes, litigation involving financial institutions, electronic discovery issues and complex contract litigation.

Before joining the firm, Scott was an associate with King & Spalding, LLP in Atlanta where he worked on several high profile cases and gained extensive experience with the management of both large and small litigation matters.  He is active in a number of community organizations, including the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation, where he is a Board Member of the Georgia Chapter, and the Anti-Defamation League, where he is a Board Member of the Southeast Region. Scott is also a passionate advocate for raising awareness of sepsis.

Representative Engagements

  • After two weeks of evidentiary hearings before a FINRA securities arbitration panel in New York City in March and May of 2018, Scott and fellow partner, David Russell, secured a complete victory for the broker-dealer client, which had been accused of various wrongdoing concerning a customer's account. The customer had claimed over $14,000,000 in damages and recovered nothing. The panel found that the claims were "false" and recommended that the supervisor's industry records be expunged of any reference to the customer's claims. The case was complicated because it involved over six years of trading and because of the absence of any testimony from the broker, who, tragically, passed away just a few weeks before the hearings began.
  • Brought two parallel actions alleging hundreds of millions of dollars in damages to a successful conclusion for a client in the financial lending industry.
  • Favorably settled a hotly contested action involving complex securities derivative products for a national bank.
  • Represented a healthcare provider in a putative data breach class action involving novel and expanding theories of liability.
  • Multiple representations as local counsel for national firms without a Georgia presence in state and federal court litigation.
  • Scott and partner, David Russell, won a major victory on behalf of a securities broker-dealer in a customer case that was decided by a three-arbitrator FINRA panel. The case involved allegedly improper withdrawals from a trust account, which was depleted by the trustee for his own use. The customers sought $19 million in damages. After a week-long evidentiary hearing, the Panel rejected all of the customers’ claims, awarded our client $500,000 in attorney fees, and ruled that the individual brokers’ regulatory records should be “expunged” of all references to the “false” claims.
  • Scott and Bill Holley obtained a complete dismissal of a putative class action filed against an important bank client related to alleged misrepresentations regarding Vendor's Single Interest ("VSI") insurance for automobile loans. Granting an early motion to dismiss, Judge Richard Story (Northern District of Georgia) ruled that many of the common disclosures made by lenders in connection with VSI insurance were not fraudulent as a matter of law. The case is Page v. Branch Banking and Trust Co., No. 2:14–CV–00055–RWS, 2015 WL 751675, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 21021 (N.D. Ga. Feb. 23, 2015)
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Professional and Civic Involvement

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, State Bar of Georgia
  • Member, Lawyers Club of Atlanta
  • Georgia Appleseed – Young Professionals Council Executive Committee
  • Crohn's and Colitis Foundation - Board Member (Georgia Chapter)
  • Anti-Defamation League - Board Member (Southern Region)
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Honors

  • Received CIPP/US certification from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (2018)
  • Selected as one of Georgia Trend's 2018 Legal Elite
  • Named as a Georgia Super Lawyer "Rising Star" by Law & Politics Media and Atlanta Magazine (top 2.5% of attorneys in Georgia 40 years old or younger or in practice 10 years or less) (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Recognized in Martindale-Hubbell's Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers; Rated AV Preeminent
  • Georgia Trend "Legal Elite" (2016)
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Publications and Presentations

  • Presented the topic “Springing the Well-Laid Trap; Impeachment Under Georgia’s New Evidence Code” with partner, Bill Holley, at the annual “Georgia Foundations and Objections Update” seminar (Feb. 2015)
 
 
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