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A. Scott Bolden is a prominent trial and white collar defense lawyer to whom companies and individuals turn to for representation in their most significant concerns. Scott has handled some of the most high-profile matters for elected officials, business leaders, athletes and entertainers, in and outside the Nation’s Capital. He is also very comfortable handling such matters on the national stage. Scott is particularly adept at assisting clients in navigating crises that present significant legal, business and reputational risks. He has previously served as managing partner of the Washington, D.C., office, and as an At-Large Member on the Executive Committee of the firm.


  • 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

  • Distrito de Columbia
  • Nueva 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

Premios y reconocimientos

  • 2022 President Joseph R. Biden Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree
  • Selected through peer review for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for Commercial Litigation, 2023
  • 2021 recipient of the Ollie May Cooper Award from the Washington Bar Association
  • 2020 member of The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100
  • 2020 recipient of the Equal Justice Award from the National Bar Association;
  • ScholarCHIPS Children of Incarcerated Parents Community Hero Philanthropy Award (2019) 
  • The National Bar Association’s Cora T. Walker Award for corporate leadership, promoting diversity and the development of young lawyers in corporate America (2018)
  • 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, 2013-2020
  • 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.

Notable Quotes

  • 26 February 2021 "BigLaw Eyes HBCUs, But Rankings Mindset Still Prevails" Law360
  • 23 May 2020 "From the NLJ Magazine: Black Firm Leaders on George Floyd and the Way Forward" The National Law Journal 
  • 22 May 2019 "Getting Into College is a Lot Easier if Your Parents Went There. Here’s Why." Teen Vogue
  • 24 April 2019 "Georgian Businessman Offers More Texts With Cohen to Rebut Mueller Footnote" BNN Bloomberg
  • 5 April 2019 "DC Council Member Calls for Investigation into Homeless Shelter Food Provider" NBC Washington
  • 11 July 2018 "A. Scott Bolden: The Hardest Working Man in Big Law" Savoy Magazine
  • Summer 2018 "The Rainmakers" Diversity and The Bar Magazine
  • 10 May 2018 "Meet the Familiar Face Leading D.C.'s Reed Smith Once Again" Washington Business Journal
  • 10 January 2018 "Bolden Takes Helm at Large D.C. Firm" The Afro-American
  • 30 October 2017 "In Debate over National Anthem, Black Wealth Becomes a Target" Washington Post
  • 12 March 2014 “Mayor Vincent Gray Faces Uphill Battle in Quest for Second Term” The Afro-American
  • 11 March 2014 “Gray Comes Out Fighting Accusations in Fund Scheme” The Washington Times
  • 5 March 2013 “Brother of Former D.C. Council Chairman Sentenced to Three Months in Prison” The Washington Post
  • 26 February 2013 “Albert Haynesworth Completes Community Service; Conviction Dismissed” The Washington Post  
  • 8 February 2013 “Jim Graham: 'I am not resigning'" Washington Post Blog
  • 4 February 2013 "Law Firm Leaders Q&A: Reed Smith's A. Scott Bolden" The BLT: The Blog of LegalTimes An ALM Publication 
  • Summer 2013 "Notable Alumni" Howard Magazine
  • 18 September 2014 "Ex-Worker 'Happy but in Shock' Over Case Dismissal" The Washington Post