Chris Scott is as tough as he is pragmatic. His perseverance instilled within him the unique ability to empathize with and advocate for clients who feel they have nowhere else to turn. He represents clients in a wide variety of legal matters, including personal injury, criminal defense, and civil rights. Less than three years into his career and before the age of 30, Chris argued cases in front of both the Minnesota Court of Appeals and the Minnesota Supreme Court. He brings a rare combination of knowledge, expertise, and professionalism to legal advocacy. He is licensed in both State and Federal court.
Prior to joining Newmark Storms Dworak, Chris spent the first four years of his career with Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, where Chris represented indigent clients in all civil legal matters related to their housing including administrative proceedings, trials, and appeals. He successfully navigated the complexities of a national origin and limited-English proficiency Fair Housing Act claim involving housing discrimination against his client who as of African descent.
Beyond the courtroom, Chris was an active member of the Racial Justice Committee, where he advocated for a diverse and inclusive environment for his colleagues. He collaborated with other legal aid organizations, and the Minnesota Vikings, to seek diversity and inclusion on the business side of sports. He also spent considerable time educating attorneys and community organizations on eviction and other related topics including serving as a mentor in the St. Thomas School of Law mentorship program. In addition, Chris is a champion of equal rights and fair treatment, advocating against the federal Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) attempt to limit the use of “disparate impact evidence,” a critical legal theory which assists victims of civil rights discrimination.
Chris is a 2009 graduate of Morris Area High School where he was the recipient of several local and state academic, athletic, and artistic accolades. After receiving the prestigious Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship, Chris attended the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities graduating in 2013 with a double-major in Political Science and Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Deviance. He again received a Jackie Robinson Foundation Fellowship to attend the University of Minnesota Law School, where he earned his J.D. in 2016. Demonstrating his passions and abilities, he focused his legal studies on criminal defense and civil rights, as well as regularly receiving high marks for his legal writing and civil rights moot court oral advocacy.
State of Minnesota
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship
Jackie Robinson Foundation Fellowship