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T. Scott Cowperthwait


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Scott Cowperthwait is a member of the firm's International Trade Compliance and Enforcement group and the Government Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense group. He represents and advises businesses on a wide range of U.S. and international trade compliance and enforcement matters, including export control laws and regulations involving the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), economic sanctions and trade embargoes, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) matters, international anti-corruption, anti-money laundering and anti-boycott matters, and import laws and regulations. With respect to these areas, Scott counsels clients involving import-export licensing issues, internal audits and investigations, civil enforcement actions, voluntary disclosures, government investigations and the implementation of best practices for corporate governance and legal and regulatory compliance.

Scott also has extensive government investigations and white collar criminal defense experience representing businesses and individuals in investigations conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), State of Connecticut Office of the Attorney General and State of Connecticut Chief State’s Attorney’s Office. Scott has also conducted internal investigations for corporations in a variety of industries, including banking and financial services, insurance/reinsurance, health care, defense/aerospace, hedge funds and information technology.

Scott serves as the Leader of the firm’s Data Privacy and Security Team, and represents private and public sector entities concerning cybersecurity, infrastructure protection and national security issues. He advises businesses with respect to economic- and cyber-espionage vulnerability issues involving theft of data and technology, and provides guidance on designing and maintaining effective counterintelligence and compliance policies and programs.

He is a former two-term president of the InfraGard Connecticut Members Alliance, a public-private association focused on sharing information and intelligence concerning national infrastructure and technology issues. In that capacity, he served on the State of Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) Advisory Council. Scott was also a two-time summer law clerk in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut.


  • Listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer®: International; 2013-2014
  • Listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer Rising Star®: Business Litigation; 2010-2012
  • 40 Under Forty, Fairfield County Business Journal; 2010

Professional Affiliations

  • Board of Directors and Treasurer, Federal Bar Association, District of Connecticut Chapter
  • Board of Directors and Secretary, Raymond E. Baldwin American Inn of Court
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • American Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • National Council on International Trade Developments
  • Society for International Affairs
  • National Defense Industrial Association

Community Involvement

  • Former President (2011-2013), Board of Directors (2009-2013), InfraGard Connecticut Members Alliance
  • Member, FBI Citizens’ Academy Alumni Association, FBI-New Haven Field Office


Data Privacy and Security
Critical Infrastructure Counseling
Investigation Involving Intellectual Property Theft and Network Intrusion
Global Data Privacy and Data Breach and Data Security Issues
Representation Regarding Infringement on Copyright and Trademark Protected Works
Government Investigations
Representation in Parallel Investigations by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Connecticut and SEC
Internal Investigation Regarding Potential State and Federal Environmental Violations
Internal Investigation Regarding Bribery, Kick-Back and Misuse of Public Funds Allegations
International Trade Compliance and Enforcement
International Trade Counsel to Multi-National Aerospace and Defense Company
International Trade Compliance Programs, Training and Guidance
Comprehensive Investigation of Foreign Person Access to Export-Controlled Technical Data
Export Compliance Due Diligence Investigation Involving Divestiture
U.S. Customs Import Valuation Processes and Procedures
Economic Sanctions and Export Controls Laws Guidance
Buy American Act Guidance
Economic- and Cyber-Espionage Vulnerability Guidance and Response
White Collar Defense
Defending Company in SDNY Action Involving Civil Money Laundering and Violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, Executive Orders and OFAC regulations
Defense Against Charges of Multi-Million Dollar Mortgage Fraud Scheme
Defense Against Charges of Mail Fraud
Defense of State and Federal Actions Involving False Claims Act Violations
Whistleblower Representation in Multi-Million Dollar Federal Bank Fraud Investigation
Representation in Shareholder Derivative Actions Involving Fraudulent Backdating of Stock Options
CJA Panel Representation in Federal Drug Case

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  • Quinnipiac University School of Law, J.D. 2004
  • Gettysburg College, B.A. 1997

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of CT
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of NY
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