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A. Scott Bolden is the current Managing Partner of the Washington, D.C., office and former At-Large Member on the Executive Committee of the firm. As a prominent trial and white collar defense lawyer to whom companies and individuals turn for representation in their most significant concerns, Scott has handled some of the most high-profile matters in and outside the nation’s capital and is very comfortable handling matters on the national stage. He is particularly adept at assisting clients in navigating crises that present significant legal, business and reputational risks.


  • Howard University School of Law, 1987, J.D., Received a number of awards and scholarships
  • Morehouse College, 1984, B.A., Received a number of awards and scholarships

  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • Illinois

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

  • National Bar Association Political Action Committee—Chairman, Board of Directors (2017)
  • Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies – Member, Board of Governors (2013 - present)
  • Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia – Member, Board of Directors (2012 - 2015)  
  • Economic Club of Washington, D.C. – Member (1998 - present)
  • Harvard Law School – Trial Adjunct Professor (2019 - present)
  • Howard University School of Law – Member, Board of Visitors (2011 - present)
  • Federal City Council - Member, Executive Board (2008 - 2013)
  • Candidate for D.C. Council, At Large (2006)
  • Individual Development Corporation – Board of Directors (1999 - 2013)
  • D.C. Chamber of Commerce – Former Member, Board of Directors (1998 - 2013)
  • D.C. Chamber of Commerce – Former Chairman (1998)
  • District of Columbia Bar – Board of Governors (1999 - 2003)
  • D.C. Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee – Chairman (2000-2002)
  • D.C. Democratic State Committee – Former Chair (2002 - 2004)
  • D.C. Water and Sewer Authority – Former Board Member (1998 - 2002)
  • District Court of the District of Columbia's Committee on Grievances – Member (1998 - 2003)
  • Sequoia National Bank – Former Director (1998 - 2004)
  • Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. (Life Member)

  • Judge Luke Moore, Superior Court - District of Columbia

Awards & Recognition

  • ScholarCHIPS Children of Incarcerated Parents Community Hero Philanthropy Award (2019) 
  • American Business Journal’s 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America (2018)
  • Savoy’s 100 Best Diverse Lawyers in America (2018)
  • Boy Scouts of America National Capital Area Council Attorney of the Year Award (2018)
  • Minority Corporate Counsel Association Rainmaker Award (2018)
  • Washington Bar Association Hall of Fame (2018)
  • UNCF Masked Ball Leadership Award (2016)
  • Greater Washington Urban League Presidents Award for Service (2016)
  • Howard University School of Law Alumni Association Leadership Award (2016)
  • Selected to the Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers list for Criminal Defense: White Collar, 2013-2019
  • 2014 Presidential Star Award, The National Bar Association
  • 2014 Champion of Law & Public Service Award, Morehouse College Alumni Association D.C. Chapter
  • 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 the Bolden Room at the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center in Washington, D.C.(2012)
  • D.C. Chamber of Commerce, Chamber’s Choice Business Leadership Award (2012)

Public Appearances

  • 15 July 2019, On The Hill Podcast, Episode 27: A Chat with D.C. Attorney, A. Scott Bolden of Reed Smith Law, One-on-One Interview, Fox5DC On the Hill 
  • 12 September 2018, NNPA Held Board Training During Congressional Black Caucus Week In Washington D.C., Milwaukee Courier
  • 10 July 2017, Group of Black Lawyers and Judges Relaunch Political Arm Due to 2016 Election, Washington Examiner 
  • Regularly appears on every major cable network to discuss race, politics and the law, including:  CNN’s “Newsroom,” “New Day,” “The Lead with Jake Tapper” and the “Situation Room;” MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show,” “The Beat with Ari Melber”, “Up With David Gura” and MSNBC Live;” Fox News’s ‘Happening Now,” “The Ingraham Angle”, “Fox News at Night with Shannon Bream” and “Tucker Carlson Tonight;” TV ONE’s “NewsOne Now;” and Fox Business Network’s “Trish Regan PrimeTime,” “Cavuto: Coast to Coast” and “Lou Dobbs Tonight.” He has also appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” “20/20,” ESPN, Roland Martin Unfiltered and multiple local networks.  Additionally, he offers commentary on social media: @asbthelaw.
  • Regularly provides political and legal analysis on CNN, Fox National News, and MSNBC relating to Republican and Democratic politics, as well as, commentary on civil and criminal cases pending in local and federal courts across the country.

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