Overview News Intelligence Zaldwaynaka (Z) Scott Partner zscott foley.com Download vCard Z Scott is a partner and seasoned trial lawyer. She has substantial experience representing companies and individuals in complex commercial litigation, corporate internal investigations (including matters related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act), counseling on corporate compliance matters and white collar criminal defense. Her federal civil and criminal litigation experience includes having taken more than 40 mostly jury trials to verdict in federal court and handling matters in the areas of accounting and commercial fraud, discrimination claims, public corruption, civil tax appeals and criminal tax prosecutions, money-laundering and investment, and financial institution fraud. She has also led and represented companies in complex and extensive government regulatory and criminal grand jury investigations. Ms. Scott has experience in appellate practice and has briefed and argued cases before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. From 2003 - 2005, Ms. Scott served as executive inspector general for the Office of the Governor of Illinois where she established and managed an internal compliance and investigative agency for the Illinois government and Illinois public universities. Her experience included participation in and oversight of over 200 internal investigations of state vendors and state employees, as well as counseling members of the governor’s cabinet and state senior managers, including agency directors on issues related to personnel policies, internal controls, ethics and systemic personnel problems. Ms. Scott also worked closely with the state’s internal auditor and the Illinois auditor general in matters related to the integrity of state government functions. Prior to her work in the Illinois government, Ms. Scott served as a federal criminal prosecutor with the United States Attorney’s Office for 16 years, where she held various management positions, including chief of the general crimes section. As chief, she was responsible for the supervision of section deputies and line assistant U.S. attorneys, and she reviewed and approved hundreds of federal prosecutions and participated in strategy sessions related to federal indictments and federal criminal trials. Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, she served in the Office of the Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago. Ms. Scott also served as an adjunct instructor in trial advocacy for 13 years at Northwestern University School of Law, where she led a team of five adjunct professors and was awarded the recognition of Outstanding Adjunct Professor in Trial Advocacy in 1999. She also taught trial advocacy at The John Marshall School of Law, and co-taught classes at the University of Chicago Law School on criminal sentencing and federal criminal law. Representative Experience Representation of higher education institution in significant civil litigation with claims of racial discrimination Representation of higher education institution investigation related to research misconduct' Developed crisis management plan for Fortune 200 company Served on legal team representing banking compliance consulting company before the Federal Department of Treasury, Office of Thrift Supervision Conducted internal investigation for public company of claims related to environmental compliance Represented a global medical device company in a multi-defendant federal prosecution in which the company was charged with fraud in connection with representations made to Cook County regarding compliance with minority business enterprise requirements Served on the legal team representing a big four accounting firm in a professional malpractice case (Alabama Hospital Ass’n. v. General Reinsurance, et al., CV 2004-1172 P) Represented a public health care company in a State Attorney General False Claims Act investigation Designed FCPA compliance programs for global public and private companies Conduct anti-corruption risk assessments for global publicly traded companies Served on trial team representing a chemical company in toxic tort case in Illinois State Court; case ended in grant of summary judgment Served on the legal team representing a public energy company in its billion dollar tax controversy dispute with the IRS Successfully represented a title insurance company in an Illinois civil case raising fraud claims; court dismissed claims on motion to dismiss Recognition Ms. Scott has been highly praised in numerous publications for her anticorruption litigation experience, and was most recently ranked by Chambers USA 2015 and shortlisted in Chambers USA's 2014 Women in Law Awards for Gender Diversity: Private Practice Lawyer of the Year. In 2012, Chambers USA quoted a client as saying, Z is the lawyer we would call in our most significant internal investigations. According to The Legal 500, Z has an impeccable reputation among clients. Ms. Scott was named to Expert Guides - White Collar Crime Lawyers (2012–2014) and The Best Lawyers in America (2009–2016). Additionally, Ms. Scott was recently nominated by her peers to be an honoree for The Network Journal’s 2015 25 Influential Black Women in Business. She was also recognized by Leading Lawyers 2015 as one of the Top 10 Leading Women Criminal Defense Lawyers in Illinois.* Thought Leadership Ms. Scott is a frequent lecturer on issues related to federal criminal law, anti-corruption, ethics and compliance policies and trial advocacy. Affiliations Black Women Lawyers’ Association, lifetime member, president 2003–2004, board member, 2002–2005 The Chicago Network, member, Government Committee ABA White Collar Committee, co-chair of Women in White Collar Subcommittee U.S. Attorney Candidate Screening Committee, Appointed by Illinois Senator, 2012 Chicago Bar Association, chair, Business Law Committee, 2015-16; Criminal Law Committee, 2005–2006 American Inns of Court, Chicago Chapter, 2004 to date, president, 2010–2011 Leadership Greater Chicago, 1990–1991; Candidate Selection Committee, 2007, 2008 Illinois Supreme Court Character and Fitness Committee, 2006–2012 Northern District of Illinois Magistrate Judge Screening Committee, March 2007, 2015, 2016 National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), instructor Community Engagement Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, member, board of directors and member Legal & Compliance Committee Chicago Housing Authority, chair, board of trustees, served on Audit and Pension Committees (2011-2015) Chicago Area Project, board chair (non-profit organization supporting activities for at-risk inner city children) Chicago State University, board of trustees, board vice chair and chair of Finance & Audit Committee (2010–2013) Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Chicago Alumnae Chapter Education Ms. Scott earned her law degree from Indiana University School of Law – Bloomington and received her bachelor of science degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Admissions Ms. Scott is admitted to practice law in Illinois, New York, the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois, the U.S. Court of Claims, and before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. *The Illinois Supreme Court does not recognize certifications of specialties in the practice of law and no award or recognition is a requirement to practice law in Illinois.