J. Scott Ballenger
Scott Ballenger devotes his practice to appellate and Supreme Court litigation, as well as strategic analysis and briefing in antitrust and other high-stakes district court litigation. He principally represents clients before the Supreme Court and other federal and state appellate courts in cases spanning a wide range of areas, including antitrust, constitutional law, business and environmental issues, intellectual property issues and white-collar criminal and regulatory matters.
Mr. Ballenger is recommended by Chambers USA as a member of Latham’s Appellate practice (“’From top to bottom the team is five star quality’”). Individually, he is recognized in the 2012-2015 editions, based on “strong market support,” as a “talented young lawyer” who is “approachable, smart, and extremely creative.” Mr. Ballenger is also recommended as a Supreme Court and appellate lawyer with a "superb reputation" in The Legal 500 US 2014. He was selected in 2011 by Law360 as one of five “Rising Stars Under 40,” with a note that “[a]lthough the [Supreme Court] accepts only about 1 percent of the petitions it receives, over the past five years it has granted 10 petitions – more than half – written by Ballenger,” and that he has “left his mark on a slew of high-stakes, high-profile cases.” Additionally, Mr. Ballenger is repeatedly recognized by Super Lawyers as a Washington D.C. Super Lawyer in the category of appellate specialists.
Before joining Latham, Mr. Ballenger served as a law clerk to Judge J. Clifford Wallace of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and for Associate Justice Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court. He also served as Senior Counsel to Assistant Attorney General Joel Klein in the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice, where he worked on the trial and briefing team for United States v. Microsoft.