Scott Szala has been a partner in Winston & Strawn’s litigation department since 1986, having been with the firm since 1980. His practice concentrates on complex civil litigation (commercial, tort, patents, and contracts), white-collar criminal defense, and sports law.
Mr. Szala has litigated and/or tried a variety of civil and criminal cases across the United States, and has represented numerous corporate officers and directors in these cases. He has represented several construction companies in numerous civil and criminal matters. He has argued orally several cases before the Illinois Supreme Court and federal circuit courts.
Mr. Szala formerly was a law clerk for Justice Dom G. Rizzi of the Illinois Appellate Court and Justice James A. Dooley of the Illinois Supreme Court. He also previously served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve, Judge Advocate General’s Corps; a congressional intern in the U.S. House of Representatives; and an executive intern for the U.S. Air Force in the Pentagon.
Over the years, Mr. Szala has been an adjunct law professor of trial practice at Northwestern University School of Law and has taught various National Institute of Trial Advocacy classes. He also has participated in various bar association activities for the American Bar Association and Chicago Bar Association. He has also lectured to various graduate students.
The Illinois Supreme Court appointed Mr. Szala to a three-year term on its Committee on Professional Responsibility beginning Jan. 1, 2013. The Supreme Court has also appointed him to its Trial Committee for the 2013 mock trial involving Stephen Douglas and Joseph Smith. During 2011 and 2012, Mr. Szala worked on the Mary Surratt and Mary Todd Lincoln trial presentations with the Supreme Court.
Mr. Szala received a B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, from Knox College in 1975 and a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law in 1978 where he was on the National Moot Court team.