Scott Thomas joined Dickstein Shapiro in 2006, and is the head of the Political Law Practice. A former Federal Election Commission (FEC) Chairman, Scott focuses his political law practice on campaign finance, ethics, and lobbying law. His extensive and distinguished background in the area of political law is a valuable resource in providing guidance and assurance to clients who need to interact with government officials.
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With more than 30 years of experience in this field, he assesses current compliance issues and suggests best practices to ensure adherence to the rules. Given the ever-changing law and its interpretations by regulatory bodies, he provides up-to-date advice that enables businesses, associations, PACs, and others to work successfully with government representatives at the federal, state, or local level.
Prior to joining Dickstein Shapiro, Scott served as an FEC Commissioner from 1986 to 2006. He was appointed to the FEC for three consecutive terms, first by President Reagan in 1986, then by President Bush in 1991, and again by President Clinton in 1997. He served as Chairman in 1987, 1993, 1999, and 2005.
From 1983 to 1986, Scott served as Executive Assistant to former FEC Commissioner Tom Harris, and from 1980 to 1983 as an FEC Assistant General Counsel for Enforcement. He began his legal career as a staff attorney with the FEC in 1977.
Scott also has general experience in areas of election law other than campaign finance, stemming from the FEC’s Office of Election Administration and his work with election officials here and abroad. Additionally, his involvement with the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws and various governmental bodies over the years has provided him with a breadth of knowledge on ethics and lobbying rules.
Scott serves on the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Election Law as well as the Elections Committee of the ABA’s Section on Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice.