Scott L. Winkelman

Partner
swinkelman@crowell.com
+1.202.624.2972

Scott L. Winkelman is a partner in the firm's Mass Tort, Product, and Consumer Litigation Group. Scott is co-founder of the Product Risk Management Practice, and head of the firm’s Transportation Practice. He has held roles on the firm’s Management Board and Executive Committee.

Scott represents clients in class actions, multidistrict proceedings, arbitrations, and other complex litigation in products and commercial matters nationwide.

Scott also represents clients in agency proceedings before the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and related product regulatory bodies.

Scott has recently been deep in multiple COVID-19-related litigations and counseling matters for several clients in C Suite matters. He also advises clients on matters of digital transformation; performs crisis management; and counsels on liability prevention, commercial contracting, warranty, and best practices in law functions and legal management.

Scott is a certified "black belt" in Six Sigma methodology, and brings project efficiencies to his client engagements.

Scott has been recognized by BTI Consulting Group as a 2020 Client Service All-Star. The honor, bestowed by corporate counsel, recognizes attorneys who “stand above all the others in delivering the absolute best in client service. Amid all the changes and unexpected events — they stand tallest.”

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 has been ranked in Chambers USA and Super Lawyers.

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 victory a commercial arbitration in the energy sector valued in excess of $400 million after an eight-day evidentiary hearing.
  • Tried to victory before a three-judge panel a commercial arbitration in the transportation sector involving force majeure valued in excess of $1.2 billion after a nine-day evidentiary hearing.
  • 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 Chrysler, UTC, Lockheed Martin, CSXT, and other 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.
  • Prevailed in one of the first and groundbreaking “no injury” putative class actions.
  • 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 multi-hundred-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.
  • Achieved outright victory on preemption grounds for clients in courts nationwide.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Illinois



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December 14, 2021 DEAL NOTE: Crowell & Moring Advises Kymco Capital and Kwang Yang Motor Co. in First Publicly Traded EV Motorcycle Company in U.S., Valued at $1.77 Billion
August 19, 2021 The Best Lawyers in America 2022 Recognizes 53 Crowell & Moring Attorneys, One Selected as Lawyer of the Year
July 13, 2021 Law360 Names Crowell & Moring’s Rebecca Baden Chaney to “Rising Stars” of Transportation List
December 9, 2020 BTI Consulting Group Names Crowell & Moring’s Scott Winkelman a 2020 Client Service All-Star
August 20, 2020 The Best Lawyers in America 2021 Recognizes 46 Crowell & Moring Attorneys, Two Selected as Lawyer of the Year
March 16, 2020 Fourteen Crowell & Moring Lawyers Named 2020 Acritas Stars
September 20, 2019 Super Lawyers Recognizes 82 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Across United States
August 16, 2019 The Best Lawyers in America 2020 Recognizes 49 Crowell & Moring Attorneys, Three Selected as Lawyer of the Year
March 12, 2019 Crowell & Moring Partners Scott Winkelman, John Gibson, and Rebecca Chaney Honored with Burton Awards' 'Law360 Distinguished Legal Writing Award'
October 15, 2018 Super Lawyers Recognizes 82 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Across United States
August 15, 2018 The Best Lawyers in America 2019 Recognizes 38 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
May 9, 2018 Chambers USA 2018 Ranks 52 Crowell & Moring Lawyers and 24 Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
October 31, 2017 Super Lawyers Recognizes 79 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Across United States
October 31, 2017 The Best Lawyers in America 2018 Recognizes 40 Crowell & Moring Lawyers
May 26, 2017 Chambers USA 2017 Ranks 53 Crowell & Moring Lawyers and 23 Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
November 30, 2016 Super Lawyers Recognizes 71 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Across United States
August 18, 2016 The Best Lawyers in America 2017 Recognizes 38 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
January 19, 2016 Crowell & Moring Releases Fourth Annual Litigation Forecast Report and Second Annual Regulatory Forecast
October 27, 2015 Super Lawyers Recognizes 90 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
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August 25, 2015 The Best Lawyers in America 2016 Recognizes 39 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
January 13, 2015 Crowell & Moring Releases Third Annual Litigation Forecast Report and Inaugural Regulatory Forecast
September 30, 2014 Super Lawyers 2014 Recognizes 90 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
August 28, 2014 The Best Lawyers In America 2015 Recognizes 40 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
September 3, 2013 The Best Lawyers In America 2014 Recognizes 41 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
September 1, 2013 Super Lawyers 2013 Recognizes 64 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
June 24, 2013 Crowell & Moring Recognized by National Law Journal as Washington, D.C. "General Civil Litigation" Department of the Year
September 4, 2012 The Best Lawyers in America 2013 Recognizes 44 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
October 5, 2011 Crowell & Moring Consumer Product Safety Seminar to Feature Senator Mark Pryor and Other Key Government Officials
August 30, 2011 The Best Lawyers in America 2012 Recognizes 43 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
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