Overview

During his thirty years with Kirkland & Ellis LLP, litigation partner Scott Fowkes has served as trial and appellate counsel in a wide variety of complex litigation matters. Scott has represented a diverse group of clients in courts throughout the country, including AOL, BP, Brunswick, Conseco, Dow Corning, General Motors, GMAC/Ally, Morgan Stanley, SPX Corporation, Time Warner, USG, and Walgreens.

In addition to his legal practice, Scott has had leadership and volunteer roles with numerous community, charitable, and educational institutions, including Cornell University, Kenilworth Union Church, the I Have A Dream Foundation, the Posse Foundation, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Kohl Children’s Museum, the University of Michigan Law School, and the New Trier Educational Foundation.

In 2018, Scott received the Excellence In Pro Bono Service Award from the U.S. District Court for Northern District of Illinois and the Federal Bar Association.

In 2002, Scott was selected as one of "40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch" by the publisher of the Chicago Lawyer and Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.

Scott also has been selected as an Illinois "Super Lawyer" (Business Litigation), "Leading Lawyer" (Commercial Litigation), and "Top Rated Lawyer" in Chicago (Appellate Law, General Practice, and Litigation).

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Recognition

Recognized as a "Client Service All-Star" (2019)

Excellence In Pro Bono Service Award (U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois) (2018)

Profiled as one of “40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch” (2002)

Selected as an Illinois “Super Lawyer” (Business Litigation)

Selected as a “Leading Lawyer” in Chicago (Commercial Litigation)

Selected as a “Top Rated Lawyer” in Chicago (Appellate Law, General Practice, and Litigation)

Memberships & Affiliations

Kenilworth Union Church, General Counsel (2014–2018), Board of Trustees

Cornell University, Dean’s Advisory Council

Cornell University Council

New Trier Educational Foundation, Board of Directors, Grant Committee Chair

Posse Foundation, Volunteer

I Have A Dream Foundation, Chicago Associate Board (past member)

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Associate Board (past member)

Kohl Children’s Museum, Board of Governors (past member)

Michigan Law School Reunion Committee, Co-Chair (2008, 2013, 2018)

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1988Illinois

Courts

  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar
  • United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • United States Tax Court

Education

  • University of Michigan Law SchoolJ.D.cum laude1988
  • Cornell UniversityB.A.1985