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Scott L. Winkelman

Partner

swinkelman@crowell.com
Phone: +1 202.624.2972
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Scott L. Winkelman is a partner in the firm's Mass Tort, Product, and Consumer Litigation Group and is a member of the firm’s Management Board. Scott litigates class actions, multidistrict proceedings, arbitrations, and other complex litigation in products and commercial matters nationwide. His practice involves representations in a range of industry sectors and advanced technologies, including automotive and autonomous vehicles, aviation, consumer products, food, chemical, rail, 3D printing, and information technology, and medical devices.

Scott co-founded the firm's Product Risk Management Group, and represents clients in proceedings before the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and related regulatory bodies. He also advises clients on matters in digital transformation. Scott performs crisis management for clients, and he counsels on liability prevention, records management, commercial contracting, and warranty. A certified "black belt" in Six Sigma methodology, Scott trains clients on process improvement and applies efficiency techniques to his engagements. Scott has been selected by his peers each year since 1997 for inclusion in The Best Lawyers In America as a "Best Lawyer" in the area of product liability litigation, and is a ranked practitioner in Chambers USA.

Scott received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan (1984), and his law degree from Harvard Law School (1987), before serving as judicial clerk to the Honorable John Pratt of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Scott is married with two children and roots for all Detroit sports teams.

Representative Engagements

  • Argued successfully for the defense group in Mississippi federal district court, then twice before the Fifth Circuit, in climate change tort litigation.
  • Tried to verdict matters involving alleged breach of a partnership agreement and fraud in New York state court; antitrust and contract claims in Illinois federal court; antitrust claims and tort counterclaims in Texas federal court, and a real estate managing partner dispute in Virginia federal court.
  • Represented clients in connection with three of the largest automotive recalls in U.S. history.
  • Obtained summary judgment in neighborhood environmental tort litigation seeking a $440 million medical monitoring program, and denial of class certification of a medical monitoring action in Florida state court.
  • Achieved denial of class certification following evidentiary and oral argument proceedings in tort and commercial actions for an array of clients in courts in Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, Florida, and Ohio, and dismissal of additional putative class and mass actions on non-class grounds in courts in California, Illinois, West Virginia, Massachusetts, Virginia, Ohio, and Florida, among others.
  • Obtained dismissal upon oral argument in Ohio state court of what was threatened to become the next wave of asbestos litigation, an outcome affirmed on appeal.
  • Obtained termination of a hundred-plus-case occupational personal injury docket in West Virginia state court through a Daubert ruling following a several-day evidentiary hearing.
  • Obtained dismissal of all claims against our client in Hurricane Katrina Levee litigation multidistricted in New Orleans federal court.
  • Obtained voluntary dismissal with prejudice of claims in multidistrict litigation stemming from the crash of Egypt Air Flight 990, and represented clients in connection with the downing of SwissAir 111, Air France 447, and other aviation events.
  • Successfully recovered funds stolen from an Olympic speedskater medalist through court action, then achieved disbarment of the offending party through state disciplinary proceedings.
  • Resolved successfully an environmental community tort litigation in Florida state court seeking $500 million in relief;
  • Resolved successfully a commercial dispute between an automotive part supplier and automotive manufacturer with claims valued in excess of $1 billion.
  • Served as a testifying expert witness in insurance coverage commercial litigation involving the reasonableness of underlying tort action settlement efforts.
  • Obtained successful closure of dozens of proceedings for multiple clients before the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
  • Represented a world-leading manufacturer and supplier of aluminum wheels in NHTSA proceedings and personal injury tort litigation.
  • Defended a leading global provider of engine turbines in multi-million dollar commercial litigation brought by a utility in Virginia state court.
  • Served as coordinating counsel for a Fortune 100 client in serial fungicide tort litigation in courts nationwide, and as coordinating counsel for a leading transportation entity in occupational tort litigation in courts nationwide.
  • Lectured on the Class Action Fairness Act; implications of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008. developments and trends in e-discovery; crisis management; the government contractor defense; early-win strategies in complex tort litigation; records management; application of Six Sigma methodology to the practice of law; climate change litigation; and an array of tort law trends, challenges and winning defense strategies.

Education

  • University of Michigan, B.A. (1984)
  • Harvard Law School, J.D. (1987)

Affiliations

Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Illinois

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"New Decade, New Drone Rules: FAA Announces Proposed Rule for Remote ID," Regulatory Alert (January 3, 2020). Contacts: Mary-Caitlin Ray, Laura Foggan, Scott L. Winkelman
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Congress Moves Forward on Bipartisan Autonomous Vehicle Bill," Regulatory Alert (November 7, 2019). Contacts: Cheryl A. Falvey, Laura Foggan, Rukiya Mohamed, Scott L. Winkelman
Client Alert / Newsletter
Super Lawyers Recognizes 82 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Across United States (Sep.20.2019)
Firm News / Announcement
The Best Lawyers in America 2020 Recognizes 49 Crowell & Moring Attorneys, Three Selected as Lawyer of the Year (Aug.16.2019)
Firm News / Announcement
"Alaska Drone Team Achieves Major Regulatory and Operational Milestone," Regulatory Alert (August 8, 2019). Contacts: Mary-Caitlin Ray, Scott L. Winkelman, Cheryl A. Falvey, Laura Foggan
Client Alert / Newsletter
"The Peril of the Unreported Coffee Pot: Why a Failure to Report Is a Continuing Violation," Crowell & Moring's Retail & Consumer Products Law Observer (May 13, 2019). Authors: Scott L. Winkelman and Stephanie L. Crawford.
Publication
Crowell & Moring Partners Scott Winkelman, John Gibson, and Rebecca Chaney Honored with Burton Awards' 'Law360 Distinguished Legal Writing Award' (Mar.12.2019)
Firm News / Announcement
"Off to the Races: The FAA Initiates Informal Drone Rulemaking," Regulatory Alert (February 14, 2019). Contacts: Mary-Caitlin Ray, Scott L. Winkelman, Cheryl A. Falvey
Client Alert / Newsletter
"A Day for Drones: FAA Releases Drafts of Long-Awaited Enabling Rules (Part 2)," Regulatory Alert (January 25, 2019). Contacts: Mary-Caitlin Ray, Scott L. Winkelman, Cheryl A. Falvey
Client Alert / Newsletter
"ISO Releases First Global Drone Standard," Regulatory Alert (December 4, 2018). Contacts: Scott L. Winkelman, Cheryl A. Falvey, Mary-Caitlin Ray
Client Alert / Newsletter

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