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Scott Himsel devotes his practice primarily to the firm's exempt organization clients. He provides advice and counsel to faith-based institutions of all kinds: sororities, fraternities and their supporting foundations; colleges and universities; student membership organizations; amateur sports organizations; and charities and other exempt organization clients. Scott provides advice and counsel to these clients on a wide variety of legal issues, including internal governance counsel and preparation of related documents and policies; risk management counsel and training; tax advice; constitutional issues; faculty and student discipline; insurance coverage and disputes; accreditation disputes; open door and open record counseling; and clergy misconduct, intra-denominational disputes and canon law issues.
Scott also provides his litigation services primarily to the firm's exempt organization clients and its trust, estate and individual clients. His litigation practice has included defending the right of churches freely to exercise their religious beliefs, including in respect to employment and property disputes. Scott has defended litigation under open door and open record statutes in the area of higher education. And he has provided litigation counsel to other exempt organization clients, including, sororities, fraternities, amateur sports organizations and student membership organizations. Scott also has extensive wealth transfer litigation experience (often on behalf of the firm's exempt organization clients), including will contests, trust disputes, claims for and against decedent's estates, and guardianships of minors and elders. His business litigation practice has included claims by insolvent insurance companies; contract and tort disputes involving business entities, including defense against consumer class actions; and securities fraud. Scott has practiced extensively in state and federal trial and appellate courts as well as in out-of-court mediations and settlement negotiations.
Since 2003, Scott has also served as a part-time professor at Wabash College, teaching about constitutional law and the judiciary to upperclassmen and teaching a freshman tutorial about the Founding Fathers. He has also chaired the prelaw committee of the faculty and in that capacity has helped lead the college's extensive prelaw program. Scott's ongoing work with students, faculty and administration help him understand the particular needs of Faegre Baker Daniels' many exempt organization clients that provide educational opportunities to students both in the classroom and beyond.
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