Scott provides strategic legal, regulatory, and policy counsel to companies, governments, and individuals thinking about the future. Utilizing a cross-disciplinary approach, Scott helps clients identify, plan for, and navigate various forms of technological, environmental, and geopolitical disruption.
On the technology side, Scott works with clients to help them assess the implications arising from the application of emerging technologies—including artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, and unmanned aerial systems—into the energy, natural resources, and transportation sectors. In this role, Scott has advised commercial real estate developers on cybersecurity and privacy law issues arising from the use of internet-enabled (IoT) devices, commercial fisheries managers on the legal pathway to incorporating electronic monitoring systems for better management outcomes, and gas pipeline companies on the national security risks inherent in the utilization of commercial-off-the-shelf drones.
Scott also helps clients craft strategies to enhance their resiliency in the face of environmental change. Drawing from experience coordinating large-scale ecosystem restoration efforts while at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Scott is able to provide clients with invaluable insights into federal permitting and approval processes for major mitigation and adaption projects.
In addition, Scott is a frequent writer and commenter on issues of geopolitical disruption. He has presented on the topic of governance in periods of rapid change, arguing that domestic legal reform may be needed to better facilitate innovation and protect national security interests. Scott also has written and spoken on the issue of export controls for emerging technologies, arguing that technology transfers can serve as effective instruments of US geopolitical influence in the face of increasing global competition.