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Scott D. Marrs

Regional Managing Partner – Texas 
1300 Post Oak Boulevard
Suite 2500
Houston, TX 77056
 
Tel:
713.960.7308
Fax:
713.960.1527
 
 

Scott Marrs serves as the regional managing partner of Akerman's Texas offices, and is a member of the firm's Litigation Practice Group. Scott has over 25 years of experience in litigation and legal counseling in international, energy (oil and gas exploration, production, transportation, storage, power, petrochemical, energy marketing, well service), intellectual property (patent, trademark, copyright, trade secrets and covenant not to compete litigation), commercial, products liability and international matters in state and federal courts. Scott is on the Board of Directors of the General Counsel Forum, on the Advisory Board for the Institute for Energy Law (IEL), and was previously in the Legal, Natural Gas, and Land departments of a major energy company.

Scott's practice also focuses on domestic and international arbitrations. He serves as an arbitrator with:

  • Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC)

  • International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR)

  • American Arbitration Association (AAA)

  • British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre (BCICAC)

  • International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR)

  • London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)

 
Representative Experience
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State jury trial in Austin, Texas defending exotic car manufacturer against product liability, breach of warranty, consumer statute and fraud claims
 
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Represented international oil field services company in disputes involving Middle Eastern contracts
 
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Represented natural gas pipeline company regarding $200 million acquisition dispute with energy company
 
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Arbitrated multi-million dollar intellectual property disputes between an international medical device company and an inventor/surgeon
 
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Represented investors in disputes with exploration company involving foreign oil and gas fields
 
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Arbitrated a major investment matter for an international brokerage house involving alleged losses by a group of high-net-worth businessmen
 
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Represented energy client in disputes involving Russian oil interests
 
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Retained as intellectual property expert in a copyright and trademark arbitration involving two competing international chair manufacturers
 
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Represented oil and gas company in disputes involving allegedly defective land rigs
 
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Represented exploration & production company in various royalty lawsuits
 
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Represented French supplier of industrial gases in federal jury trial involving commercial contract disputes
 
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Represented a Dutch equipment manufacturer to resolve various international and commercial issues
 
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Represented independent oil and gas producers in a multi-million dollar arbitration against drilling companies in commercial transaction disputes
 
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Represented international chemical company in $30 Million commercial contract dispute
 
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Arbitrated an employee discrimination case among an international brokerage house and manager of the U.S. division
 
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Obtained the first jury verdict in American jurisprudence involving infringement of a foreign patent, involving foreign counterfeiters, as part of the trial team in a lengthy Beaumont, Texas federal trial
 
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Represented NFL coaches in a copyright and trade secret case against coaches who posted confidential NFL playbooks on the Internet
 
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Federal jury trial of a trademark and trade dress case against an industrial valve counterfeiters involving the illegal sourcing of valves from Iraq
 
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Represented an Italian manufacturer in various product liability matters in the U.S.A.
 
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Federal jury trial of a patent infringement case in Tulsa, Oklahoma on behalf of a German manufacturer, gave oral arguments on appeal to the Federal Circuit in Washington D.C.
 
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State jury trial of a hotly-contested defamation and tortious interference case in Houston, Texas on behalf of an international pharmacy chain
 
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Represented international energy services company in state jury trial against competitors for the misappropriation of trade secrets and contempt of prior court order
 
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State jury trial of a major construction case involving alleged improper liens and bonds
 
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State jury trial on behalf of an international paint manufacturer in a breach of commercial contract case
 
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State jury trial of a seminal Texas trade secret case involving a client's former employees, obtained clarification of Texas law from the appellate court
 
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Various state jury trials and commissioners’ hearings on behalf of condemnors and condemnees in an eminent domain/condemnation cases State jury trial of a zoning and nuisance case on behalf of a prominent Houston school
 
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State jury trial of a zoning and nuisance case on behalf of a prominent Houston school
 
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State jury trial of a wrongful termination case involving environmental dumping allegations on behalf of an international chemical company
 
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State jury trial of a fraud and breach of fiduciary duty case in Houston, Texas involving claims between business partners in a technical school, oral arguments to the state court of appeals
 
Awards & Recognition
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AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell
 
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American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
 
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Named 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Alternative Dispute Resolution, American Lawyer Media, Martindale Hubbell
 
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Named one of Texas' "Top Rated Lawyers ®" by ALM/LexisNexis Martindale Hubbell, 2012, 2014-2016
 
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Named one of "Houston's Top Lawyers," H Magazine, 2007-2009, 2011-2016
 
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Texas Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters, 2004, 2006-2016
 
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Named one of "Houston Top Lawyers For The People," H Texas Magazine, 2009
 
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Top 40 Texas Lawyers Under 40, Texas Lawyer, 2001
 
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Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation, Houston Bar Foundation, and American Bar Foundation
 
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Houston Lawyer Award, Outstanding Legal Article of the Year, 1993
 
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Hirsch, Glover, Robinson & Sheiness Award, Excellence in Insurance Law, 1989
 
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Cecil Cook Award, Best Article on Real Property Law, 1988
 
Published Works & Lectures
 
Articles
 
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Law360, Co-Author, "Preparing Corporate Witnesses: A Primer," August 2016
 
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Texas Lawyer, Co-author, "The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: A Primer for Energy Executives," August 2015
 
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Practical Law, Co-author, "Enforcing Arbitration Awards in Texas," June 2015
 
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Texas Lawyer, Co-author, "Punch List: What To Do When Threatened or Sued", June 2015
 
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Texas Lawyer, Co-Author, "How Oil Oversupply Shapes the Litigation Market," May 2015
 
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Law360, Co-Author, "How GCs and Boards Can Brace for the Cybersecurity Storm," March 2015
 
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Texas Lawyer, Co-Author, "Cybersecurity in the Energy Age", February 2015
 
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Texas Lawyer, Co-Author, "Why is Mexico Talking about Importing Oil from Others?", December 2014
 
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Texas Lawyer, Co-Author, "Arbitration of Energy Disputes," October 2014
 
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Practical Law Journal, Co-Author, "AAA, JAMS and CPR Comparison Chart, A Practical Comparison of Major Arbitration Forums in the United States," February/March 2014
 
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Texas Bar Journal, Co-Author, "Arbitration Confidentiality, What You Thought You Knew Can Hurt You - A Comparison of Confidentiality (Or Lack Thereof) in Major Domestic and International Arbitration Forums," February 2014
 
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Corporate Counsel, Co-Author, "The Art of (Litigation PR) War," April 2013
 
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Houston Lawyer, Co-Author, "Courts and Sports: Players Injuries - Assumption of Risk or Illegal Foul?", July/August 2012
 
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Houston Lawyer, Co-Author, "Sporting Events - Ticket to a Lawsuit? How the Law Treats Spectator Injuries at Sporting Events," July/August 2011
 
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Texas Bar Journal, "What You Always Wanted to Know About Arbitration," September 2010
 
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Dispute Resolution Journal, Co-Author, "10 Major Arbitration Issues Recently Addressed By Courts," August/October 2009
 
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Texas Monthly, "How Can Cybersquatters Affect My Business?", October 2007
 
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Black Belt Magazine, Co-author, "Deadly Weapons Part I and II: How the Law Really Views the Hands and Feet of a Martial Artist," August/September 2007
 
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Law Technology News, Co-Author, "Technology on Trial: Put on Your Parachute," November 2006
 
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National Law Journal Co-Author, "Viral videos publicize - but infringe," May 8, 2006
 
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Legal Times, "When It's None of Their Business," June 2005
 
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Federal Lawyer, Co-author, "Judicial Control Over Questionable Jury Verdicts," June 2004
 
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Association of Corporate Counsel, ACC Docket, "Trade Secrets & Corporate Espionage, Protecting Your Company's Crown Jewels," April 2004
 
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Houston Business Journal, "When Advertising Messages Cross the Legal Line," November 2003
 
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Houston Business Journal, "Protect Your Firm's Intellectual Capital," January 2003
 
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American Bar Journal, "Inside Story On Trade Secrets," 2000
 
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Corporate Legal Times, "Can You Keep A (Trade) Secret?", September 2000
 
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Claims Magazine, "What Insureds Should Know About Protecting Products," April 2000
 
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Texas Bar Journal, "Geophysical Trespass in Texas - An Overview," February 1995
 
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Houston Lawyer, "The Legislative Continuance," November 1992
 
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Tort & Insurance Law Journal, "Mind Over Body: The Physical Injury Requirement," Fall 1992
  • Referenced by Supreme Court of Florida, Gracey v. Eaker, 837 So.2d 348 (Florida 2002)
  • Referenced by Supreme Court of Alaska, Chizmar v. Chizmar, 896 P.2d 196 (Alaska 1995)
  • Referenced by Supreme Court of Wisconsin, Bower v. Lumbermans, 517 N.W.2d 432 (Wisconsin 1994)
 
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Houston Lawyer, "Reasonable Medical Probability - Meeting the Standard," July 1991
 
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Texas Bar Journal, "Recovering Lost Profits Damages in Texas," 1991
 
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Tort & Insurance Law Journal, "Pollution Exclusion Clauses - Validity and Enforceability," 1991
 
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"FERC Order 500: Net For Our Natural Gas Industry Or Web Of Confusion?" 2 Texas O&G Jrnl 5, May 1988
 
 
Lectures
 
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Guest Speaker, "Burden of Proof," with Greta Van Susteren, CNN
 
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Guest Speaker, "Pros and Cons," CourtTV
 
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AAA Training Course, Panelist, "What We Have Here is a Failure to Communicate," 2014
 
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Energy Law Institute, Speaker, "50 Shades of Energy Arbitration," 2014
 
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American Law Media (ALM) Course, High Stakes Litigation, Speaker, "Harness the Power of Arbitration to Obtain a Successful Award," 2013
 
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The Company in Crisis Supercourse, Speaker, "The Lost Art of Arbitration," 2013
 
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International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) Annual Meeting, Speaker, "Comparing and Contrasting the Major European and American Arbitral Forums,” 2013
 
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Litigation Management Supercourse, Speaker, "Getting Your Mojo Back Regarding Arbitration," 2012
 
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Law Firm Marketing and Business Development Leadership Forum Panelist, "Going, Going...Gone Global," May 2010
 
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International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), Speaker "Business Courts - Coming to a State Near You," 2009
 
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Texas General Counsel Forum, Speaker, "Legal Transformation - 2020," 2008
 
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Serves as faculty member for the Beecher Carlson TopBoardsTM program, ISS-accredited training for corporate board members
 
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International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), Speaker, "What Should U.S. Lawyers Expect When Hiring Foreign Counsel?", 2008
 
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General Counsel West Coast Conference, Speaker, "Sins of IP Strategy - Why Winning IP Cases Are Lost," 2007
 
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Legal Tech Conference, Speaker, "Leveraging Technology For Case Assessment," 2007
 
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IADC Annual Meeting (Rome, Italy), Speaker, "Corporate Lawyers - The New Whistleblowers Under Sarbanes-Oxley?", 2006
 
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AmLaw IP Conference, Speaker, "Protecting Your IP Portfolio," 2004
 
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Speaker, "Presentation of the Corporate Plaintiff's IP Case," 2004 Association of Corporate Counsel, 2004
 
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Speaker, "Effectively Managing Public Relations for High-Profile Litigation," 2003
 
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Network of Trial Law Firms, Speaker, "Presenting the Corporate Plaintiff's Trade Secret Case," 2001
 
Professional Memberships & Activities
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General Counsel Forum (Board of Directors), www.tgcf.org
 
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National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD)
 
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Trial Network, www.trial.com
 
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The Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN)
 
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International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
Business Litigation Committee
- Chair (2009-2011)
- Vice Chair (2007-2009)
- Intellectual Property Subcommittee - Co-Vice Chair (2011 to present)
Arbitration Committee
- Vice Chair (2013-present)
 
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Institute for Energy Law
- Advisory Board and Arbitrator Panel (2014-present)
- Advisory Board (2010-present)
 
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State Bar of Texas
- Intellectual Property Law Section
 
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American Bar Association
- TIPS (Tort and Insurance Practice Section)
 
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Texas Board of Law Examiners
- Admission Subcommittee (1989-1991)
 
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Federal Circuit Bar Association
 
Related Professional Experience
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Standard Oil/British Petroleum, Houston, Texas, Legal, Natural Gas, and Land departments
 
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Union Texas Petroleum, Houston, Texas and Denver, Colorado, Land Department
 
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Coventry Development, Inc., Houston, Texas, commercial real estate developer
 

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Scott D. Marrs

Practice
Litigation
Education
J.D., South Texas College of Law, 1989; cum laude; Phi Delta Phi, Board of Advocates, Order of the Lytae; South Texas Law Review; Intern: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
B.B.A., University of Texas, 1983
Bar Admissions
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