A. Scott Bolden



  • Howard University School of Law, 1987, J.D., Received a number of awards and scholarships, Active contributor to the Howard Law Journal, published a Case Note on "Constitutional Law - The Fourth Amendment Protective Order for Non-Violent Fleeing Felons" (Howard Law Journal, Vol. 29-I, 1985); Participated in the National Moot Court Team and Board of Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • Illinois

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court - District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Michigan

A. Scott Bolden is a prominent trial and white collar defense lawyer to whom companies and individuals turn for representation in their most significant matters. Scott has handled some of the most high profile matters in the nation’s capital and is very comfortable handling matters on the national stage. He is particularly adept at assisting clients navigate crises that present significant legal, business and reputational risks.

As part of his multifaceted litigation practice, Scott has defended clients in the local and federal courts in connection with civil RICO claims, fraud, including healthcare fraud, and breach of contract; false claims act violations; education matters; government contract claims and disputes; tort claims and other commercial and regulatory litigation issues.

With respect to his white collar criminal defense practice, Scott has defended individuals and corporate clients in state and federal trials and grand jury proceedings in connection with money laundering, federal and state tax fraud, bank fraud, financial structuring; and other white collar criminal issues; conducted internal investigations for major public and private corporations;, SEC investigations and prosecutions, as well as corporate compliance with the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; and defended witnesses in depositions before House and Senate investigation committees.

For his work in defending his clients, Scott was recently recognized by his alma mater, Howard University with the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award in the Field of Law. The Washington Business Journal named Scott the 2009 Top Lawyer in the Civil and White Collar Crime categories while The Washington Post, following a recent court victory, declared Scott Washington's newest "super lawyer" and the "go to lawyer" for individuals and corporations with issues against and before the federal and local governments.

Employment History

  • 1991 - Reed Smith
    • Executive Committee, At Large Member (2014)
    • Office Managing Partner of the firm's Washington, D.C. office (2008 - 2014)
  • 1987 - New York County District Attorney's Office – Assistant District Attorney
    • Served as lead counsel in numerous trials for both the State Criminal and Supreme Courts
    • Presented complex criminal cases to grand juries, drafted complaints and pre-trial motions
    • Participated in all aspects of criminal investigation, discovery and motion practice
      Drafted briefs and argued criminal appellate cases on behalf of the State of New York
  • 1990 - Legal Counsel to the Committee on the Judiciary Council of the District of Columbia


  • Judge Luke Moore, Superior Court - District of Columbia

Honors & Awards

  • 2014 Presidential Star Award, The National Bar Association
  • 2014 Champion of Law & Public Service Award, Morehouse College Alumni Association DC Chapter
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers - Criminal Defense; White Collar (2013 and 2014)
  • Howard University's Distinguished Alumni Award in the Field of Law (2013)
  • Recreation Wish List Committee’s Chairman’s Award and naming and dedication of Bolden Room (2012)
  • DC Chamber of Commerce, Chamber’s Choice Business leadership Award (2012)
  • 34th Annual Leadership Award, Gertrude Stein Democratic Club (2010)
  • 100 Fathers' Best Father's Award (2008)
  • DC Public School Community Service Award, Jefferson Junior High School (2006)
  • DC Water and Sewer Authority’s Distinguished Public Service Award (2003)
  • DC Bar Board of Governor's Service Recognition (2002)
  • DC WASA Board Member Recognition (2000)
  • DC Chamber of Commerce President's Award (1999)
  • Leadership Washington Graduate (1997)

Professional Affiliations

  • Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies - Member, Board of Governors (2013)
  • Federal City Council - Member, Executive Board (2008-present)
  • Economic Club of Washington, D.C. – Member (1998 - present)
  • Howard University School of Law – Member, Board of Visitors (2011-present)
  • Individual Development Corporation – Board of Directors (1999 - present)
  • Legal Aid Society of DC– Member, Board of Directors (2012-present)
  • D.C. Chamber of Commerce – Member, Board of Directors
  • D.C. Democratic State Committee – Former Chair (2002-2004)
  • D.C. Chamber of Commerce – Former Chairman (1998)
  • District of Columbia Bar – Board of Governors (1999-2003)
  • D.C. Water and Sewer Authority – Former Board Member
  • Democratic National Committee – Former Committee Member
  • District Court of the District of Columbia's Committee on Grievances – Member (1998-2003)
  • Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. (Life Member)
  • Sequoia National Bank – Former Director (1998 - 2004)
  • Greater D.C. Cares – Former Director


  • A. Scott lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife Erica and their son Cole. He is the proud parent of three daughters, Shayla and twins McKenzie and McKay, and a granddaughter, Ashanti.

Public Appearances

  • Appeared on CNN, Tonight with Larry King, Good Morning America, ESPN," ABC's "20/20," WUSA, WJLA Channel 7, WTTG Fox 5, WTOP, WHUR, and NBC 4 to discuss issues relating to civil and criminal cases pending in local and federal courts across the country.

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