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.