squaresScott M. Univer
Principal & General Counsel

Scott began his career at Dewey Ballantine in New York, concentrating in corporate litigation. In 1986 he joined Arthur Young (later Ernst & Young) as Assistant General Counsel, conducting and supervising litigation for the firm. In 1991 he became General Counsel of BDO Seidman, LLP and was recognized by Accounting Today in 1996 as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the Accounting Profession. In 2008 he became the General Counsel of Mazars USA LLP.

Scott’s extensive expertise includes professional liability, strategic counseling, compliance design and supervision, SEC issues, litigation prevention and management, law department administration, and crisis management and media relations.

Scott attended Kenyon College, obtaining an A.B., magna cum laude in 1973 in Political Science and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received both a J.D. and LL.M. (Criminal Justice) from New York University Law School in 1976 and 1977, respectively, and was awarded Root-Tilden and Jacob Fuchsberg fellowships there.

Scott is admitted to practice in New York and Pennsylvania as well as two federal district courts and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a member of the American Bar Association, The Federalist Society, the New York State Bar Association and the American Arbitration Association. He has spoken before bar and accounting professional organizations on topics including: managing litigation; arbitrating disputes between accountants and clients; the impact of the 1995 Private Securities Litigation Reform Act, Multidisciplinary Practice; the impact of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002; practical problems of electronic discovery; and trends in securities fraud class action litigation.

Service Specialties

  • Professional Liability
  • Strategic Counseling
  • Compliance Design
  • Supervision
  • SEC Issues
  • Litigation Prevention and Management, Law department administration
  • Crisis Management
  • Media Relations

Licenses & Certifications

  • Bar Admission, New York
  • Bar Admission, Pennsylvania

 

Recent Media Coverage
“Can you trust your general counsel?” Corporate Secretary, October 2011
“Analysis: Painful choices loom on China’s accounting problem,” Reuters, October 2011
“AMR shareholders will be flying coach on this AA flight,” Corporate Secretary, November 2011
“Diamond Foods may breach debt covenants-analysts,” Reuters, February 2012
“With Deloitte Ensnared, China Localizes Audit Firms,” USA Today, May 2012





squaresScott M. Univer
Principal & General Counsel

Scott began his career at Dewey Ballantine in New York, concentrating in corporate litigation. In 1986 he joined Arthur Young (later Ernst & Young) as Assistant General Counsel, conducting and supervising litigation for the firm. In 1991 he became General Counsel of BDO Seidman, LLP and was recognized by Accounting Today in 1996 as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the Accounting Profession. In 2008 he became the General Counsel of Mazars USA LLP.

Scott’s extensive expertise includes professional liability, strategic counseling, compliance design and supervision, SEC issues, litigation prevention and management, law department administration, and crisis management and media relations.

Scott attended Kenyon College, obtaining an A.B., magna cum laude in 1973 in Political Science and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received both a J.D. and LL.M. (Criminal Justice) from New York University Law School in 1976 and 1977, respectively, and was awarded Root-Tilden and Jacob Fuchsberg fellowships there.

Scott is admitted to practice in New York and Pennsylvania as well as two federal district courts and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a member of the American Bar Association, The Federalist Society, the New York State Bar Association and the American Arbitration Association. He has spoken before bar and accounting professional organizations on topics including: managing litigation; arbitrating disputes between accountants and clients; the impact of the 1995 Private Securities Litigation Reform Act, Multidisciplinary Practice; the impact of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002; practical problems of electronic discovery; and trends in securities fraud class action litigation.

Service Specialties

  • Professional Liability
  • Strategic Counseling
  • Compliance Design
  • Supervision
  • SEC Issues
  • Litigation Prevention and Management, Law department administration
  • Crisis Management
  • Media Relations

Licenses & Certifications

  • Bar Admission, New York
  • Bar Admission, Pennsylvania

 

Recent Media Coverage
“Can you trust your general counsel?” Corporate Secretary, October 2011
“Analysis: Painful choices loom on China’s accounting problem,” Reuters, October 2011
“AMR shareholders will be flying coach on this AA flight,” Corporate Secretary, November 2011
“Diamond Foods may breach debt covenants-analysts,” Reuters, February 2012
“With Deloitte Ensnared, China Localizes Audit Firms,” USA Today, May 2012


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