Overview

Scott Chinn represents public and private clients in state, municipal and public sector legal matters. He provides advisory, transactional and general counsel representation for public finance, procurement, regulatory, infrastructure, environmental and economic development matters.

Scott leads the firm’s public sector finance and transactions practice and the public-private partnership (P3) initiative.

As a litigator, Scott has argued constitutional and public law cases before the Indiana Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court. He teaches and is a frequent lecturer on constitutional law.

Government Experience

Prior to joining Faegre Baker Daniels, Scott served from 2000-05 as Counsel to Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson and as Corporation Counsel to the City of Indianapolis. In those roles he coordinated the Indianapolis Works government consolidation plan, the Lucas Oil Stadium construction/convention center expansion project, and the purchase of the Indianapolis Water Company. He also served as Special Counsel to the Attorney General of Indiana from 1997-99.

Faculty Positions

  • Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law — Adjunct Professor of Law, 2016-present

Credentials

Bar Admissions

Indiana

Court Admissions

Indiana Supreme Court
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana

Clerkships

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Hon. David F. Hamilton, 1994-1995

Education

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
J.D. magna cum laude, Indiana International and Comparative Law Review (editor-in-chief) (1994)

Indiana University, Bloomington
B.A. (1991)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Bar Be Nimble, Bar Be Quick. Is Advocating in Our Bailiwick?
    Plenary Session Moderator, National Conference of Bar Presidents (NCBP), New York City, 2017
  • Constitutional Law
    Hoosier CLE Annual Law Survey, 2015-present
  • Constitutional Law
    Bar Review Lecturer, Indianapolis Bar Association, 2007-present
  • To Speak Out or Not to Speak Out: That Is the Question
    Plenary Session Moderator, National Conference of Bar Presidents, Boston Massachusetts, August 2014
  • Surviving in a Large Firm
    Co-presenter, Applied Professionalism CLE, Indianapolis Bar Association, 2012-15

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • Indianapolis Bar Association — President, 2012; President-Elect, 2011; First Vice President, 2010; Board of Directors, 2005-07 and 2009; Legal Counsel to President, 2008 and 2014; Director, IndyBar Innovation and Research Council, 2015
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Indiana Municipal Lawyers Association — Board, 2000-07; President, 2005-06
  • National Conference of Bar Presidents — Executive Council, 2015-18; Program Committee Member, 2013-present
  • American Bar Association
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association
  • Marion County Bar Association
  • Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Alumni Association — Board, 2007-present (President, 2016-present)
  • State Legislative Study Commission on Marion County Consolidation, 2005
  • National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms — Advisory Board, 2003-05
  • Mayor's Accessibility Review and Oversight Committee — Vice Chair, 2003-05
  • Marion County Board of Ethics — Secretary, 2000-04
  • History Society of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana — Trustee, 1995-present

Civic Activities

  • FACE Low-Cost Spay-Neuter Clinic
  • WFYI Public Radio and Television
  • "We the People" Program — National Finals Judge, Volunteer

Honors

  • Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law — Maynard K. Hine Medal for service to the IUPUI campus, 2016
  • The Best Lawyers in America — Appellate Practice, 2009-19; Municipal Litigation, 2012-19; Public Finance Law, 2012-19; and Commercial Litigation, 2010-11 and 2019(Indianapolis Public Finance Lawyer of the Year, 2013 and Indianapolis Municipal Litigation Lawyer of the Year, 2016 and 2018)
  • Benchmark Litigation — Future Star, 2012-14
  • Indiana Super Lawyers — Government/Cities/Municipalities, since its first publication in 2004 to 2018
  • Indianapolis Bar Association — President's Award for Service to the Profession (as member of committee that studied and recommended formation of PAC to receive and distribute voluntary contributions to judicial candidates for Marion County Circuit and Superior Courts), 2010
  • Stanley K. Lacy Leadership Program — Class XXXII, 2007-08
  • Indianapolis Bar Foundation — Distinguished Fellow
  • Sagamore of the Wabash, 2005
  • National Register — Who's Who, 2005-06
  • Indianapolis Business Journal — Forty Under 40 Award, 2003; Who's Who, 2002
  • Martindale-Hubbell — Peer Review Rating: AV®
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