Scott is a shareholder attorney and one of the founding attorneys of Halloin | Murdock, licensed in both Wisconsin and Illinois. For more than two decades, Scott has focused his practice on complex construction, construction-related insolvency, and toxigenic mold litigation.
Scott is one of the most experienced construction and real estate litigators in Wisconsin. He has logged thousands of hours handling construction or real estate related hearings, trials and arbitrations, and has handled hundreds of motions and witness examinations in the field.
Scott was one of the first and is one of a select handful of lawyers in the Midwest to practice in a narrow subset of commercial and residential construction and real estate litigation concerning toxigenic mold issues. He has handled mold-related cases extensively since the first significant cases were filed in the late 1990s. Scott has become a regular speaker on toxigenic mold issues and related topics of construction contract, design, and code compliance at legal and construction industry seminars.
Scott also has handled a substantial number of construction-related insolvency issues, including foreclosure, bankruptcy, and receivership claims. In particular, he has developed significant experience with priority issues, frequently speaking on and suggesting changes to the governing law.
Irrespective of his extensive trial experience, Scott’s passion long has been legal writing. He strongly believes that a good lawyer should be able to effectively communicate complicated factual and legal matters in an easy-to-understand (and when possible, enjoyable) manner. If you ask Scott about what he is most proud in his professional career, he will respond that it is the large numbers of judges and lawyers who highly have commended Halloin | Murdock’s brief-writing abilities.
Miller v. Safeco Ins. Co. of Am., 683 F.3d 805 (7th Cir. 2012)
Eckstein v. Cincinnati Ins. Co., 469 F. Supp. 2d 455 (W.D. Ky. 2007)
Hoida, Inc. v. M & I Midstate Bank, 2006 WI 69, 291 Wis. 2d 283, 717 N.W.2d 17
Northwestern University School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1990
Lawrence University, Bachelor of Arts in English, magna cum laude, 1987
How to Succeed Against the Odds (and Experts): Halloin Murdock Case Proves You Don’t Always Get What You Pay For, Wisconsin Law Journal (April 2016)
Wisconsin Construction and Design Law, A State-by-State Guide to Construction & Design Law, American Bar Association, (1st ed. 1998)
Scott has been a speaker at numerous construction law seminars, having addressed issues ranging from construction contracts, claims, and insurance to trial practice. Some of his more recent presentations include:
Insurance Law Start to Finish, National Business Institute, Nationally Broadcast (July 2017)
The MBA Standard Contract, Metropolitan Builders Association (MBA) (June 2017)
Public Contract Dispute Resolution, Lorman (June 2016)
Resolving First Party Insurance Coverage Disputes, National Business Institute, Nationally Broadcast (October 2015)
Don’t Get Sued! Practical Tips for Avoiding Real Estate Litigation (March 2014)
Important Modifications You Need to Make to Your Investigation of Fire and Water Loss Claims (March 2014)
Ten Ways to Improve the Accuracy of Your Xactimate Estimates (March 2014)
The First 45 Days: The Steps You Should Take If You Are Going To Be Sued (March 2014)
Anatomy of a Construction Defect Claim
Building Codes in Wisconsin
Building Codes in Wisconsin: Out with the Old Code and in with the New
Concrete From A to Z
Ethics and Foreclosures
How to Use and Manage GMP Contracts Successfully in Wisconsin
Implications of the Americans with Disabilities Act for Design Professionals
Managing Construction Projects
Prevailing Wage Law in Wisconsin
Priority Disputes: A Survey of Wisconsin and National Law
Public Contracts and Procurement Regulations in Wisconsin
Survey of Mold Coverage Issues
The Fundamentals of Construction Contracts: Understanding the Issues
The Mold Challenge in Wisconsin
The Wisconsin Law of Easements
Tricks, Traps & Ploys for Construction Claims
Tricks, Traps & Ploys for Construction Claims II
Tricks, Traps & Ploys for Construction Claims III
Tricks, Traps & Ploys for Construction Claims IV
Understanding AIA Contracts
Why We Sue You: An Inside Look into Lawsuits Against Real Estate Brokers from the Perspective of a Plaintiff’s Lawyer
Wisconsin Foreclosure Law
Wisconsin Foreclosure Update
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
State of Wisconsin, 1995
State of Illinois, 1990
M Magazine Leading Lawyers, 2014, 2015
Avvo “Superb” Rating, 2014
Scott has devoted many hours to the education of construction and design professionals, including those small contractors who cannot afford an attorney. He also actively is involved the Middle Level Forensics Association of Wisconsin.
Scott is a member of the Metropolitan Builders Association of Greater Milwaukee (MBA), Wisconsin Builders Association (WBA), and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).
Scott is a member of the National Association of The Remodeling Industry (NARI).
Scott is an associate member of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Greater Milwaukee.
Scott is a member of the Milwaukee Bar Association.