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Scott M. Dimond

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Scott M. Dimond represents companies and individuals in complex commercial and securities matters. Often described as a “lawyer’s lawyer,” Scott is frequently retained by general counsel and executives in sophisticated business disputes, and he advises national clients about the nuances of litigating in state and federal court in Florida as both lead and local counsel. A consistent record of successful results has earned Scott a national reputation as a highly skilled, intelligent, strategic, and aggressive advocate for clients across a range of industries, including real estate, finance, telecommunications, hospitality, law, construction, and healthcare.

Scott has particularly deep expertise in the securities sector, having represented both the industry and, now, investors and financial advisors. He regularly represents claimants in securities arbitration actions before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and represents financial advisors in matters against banks and broker dealers. He also has extensive federal receivership experience, having been appointed by numerous federal courts as a Receiver for both the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Prior to founding DKR in 2003, Scott worked as an attorney Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP in Miami, Florida handling securities, class-action, and commercial matters. Later Scott was a partner at Hanzman & Criden, P.A., a well-respected litigation boutique, where he continued his commercial litigation work and began representing plaintiffs in securities and class-action matters.

A life-long Miamian whose family has deep roots in South Florida’s legal and business communities, Scott dedicates a substantial portion of his time advocating for his community and his profession.

Scott has been recognized by numerous industry publications, including Florida Trend Magazine’s “Legal Elite” (2006 through the present), a “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers Magazine (2008 through the present – including as a Top 100 Miami Super Lawyer) and a “Top Lawyer” by the South Florida Legal Guide (2007 through the present).

Scott currently represents clients in the fields of finance, manufacturing, hospitality, real estate and telecommunications including:
Fontainebleau Florida Hotel
Fontainebleau Development
Lumen Technologies
Brown Harris Stevens
Third Seven Capital
Tile Redi
Tradesmith, LLC
William J von Liebig Foundation

Areas of Practice

  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Securities Arbitration and Litigation
  • Plaintiff-Side Class Action Litigation
  • Debtor and Creditor Rights Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1993

Education

  • Columbia Law School, New York, New York
    • Juris Doctor – May, 1993
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Honors: Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar throughout
    • Law Journal: Journal of Law and Social Problems
  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
    • Bachelor of Arts – 1990
    • Honors: With Distinction
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
    • Honors: Intermediate Honors
    • Honors: Raven Society
    • Honors: Omicron Delta Kappa
    • Honors: Lawn Resident
    • Honors: Dean’s List (all semesters)
    • Major: Government and Foreign Affairs
    • Minor: Spanish
  • Ransom Everglades High School, Miami, Florida
    • Ransom Everglades Alumni Board participant for over a decade

Honors and Awards

  • Miami Top 100 Super Lawyer
  • “Top Lawyer” by the South Florida Legal Guide every year since 2007
  • Florida Trend magazine’s “Legal Elite” every year since 2006
  • Superlawyer by Law and Politics magazine from 2008-present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Commissioner, Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission, a commission that selects nominees to fill Circuit and County Court judicial vacancies, nominated by The Florida Bar and confirmed by Governor Ron DeSantis (2018-Present)

  • Chair of the Southern District of Florida Local Rules Committee, a committee that works with the Court to modify and update the local rules for this District (Member, 2010–2014, Chair, 2014-Present)

  • Chair of The Florida Bar Rules of Civil Procedure Committee, the state-wide committee of The Florida Bar tasked with updating and amending the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure for approval by the Florida Supreme Court (Member, 2000 -2006, Chair, Drafting Subcommittee, 2004-2005, Vice Chair, 2005 – 2006, Chair, 2018-2019)

  • Chair of The Florida Bar Rules of Judicial Administration Committee, the state-wide committee of The Florida Bar tasked with updating and amending the Florida Rules of Judicial Administration for approval by the Florida Supreme Court  (Member, 2006-2010, Sealed Dockets Subcommittee Chair, 2006-2007, Vice Chair, 2007-2008, Chair 2008-2009)

  • Florida Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates and Fellow of the ABA (2019-Present)

  • Member of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Professionalism Panel (2016-Present)

  • Arbitrator, NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation) (2016-Present)

  • Tocqueville Cabinet of the United Way (2016–Present)

  • Florida Bar: Federal Courts Practice Committee (2011–2014)

  • Chair of the Dade County Bar Association: Federal Courts Committee (Member, 2008-2011, Vice Chair 2008-2009, Chair 2009 – 2011)

  • Dade County Bar Association: Business Outreach Committee (Vice Chair, 2012–2013)

  • Southern District of Florida Bench & Bar Conference Committee (2008 – 2014)

  • Educate Tomorrow, Board of Directors (2006 – 2012)

  • Ransom Everglades Alumni Board, Member (2002–2011)

Past Employment Positions

  • Hanzman & Criden, P.A., Partner, 1999 – 2003
  • Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Associate, 1993 – 1999

Languages

  • conversational Spanish

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