Scott Ballenger

  • Lecturer

Scott Ballenger is a partner in the Supreme Court and appellate practice at Latham & Watkins. After graduating from the Law School in 1996 he served as a law clerk for Judge J. Clifford Wallace of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and for Associate Justice Antonin Scalia. He also served as senior counsel to the assistant attorney general in the antitrust division of the Department of Justice, where he worked on the trial and briefing team for United States v. Microsoft. 

Since joining Latham in 1999, Ballenger has argued two cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and dozens in the courts of appeals and trial courts across the country. He represented the Abigail Alliance for Better Access to Developmental Drugs in the case, Abigail Alliance v. von Eschenbach, that inspired “right to try” legislation across the country and in Congress. Ballenger has also worked on a wide variety of significant constitutional matters, including for the University of Michigan Law School in Grutter v. Bollinger, the University of Texas in Fisher v. University of Texas and Hastings Law School in Christian Legal Society v. Martinez. 

Ballenger has represented the Humane Society of the United States in cases involving depictions of animal cruelty (United States v. Stevens), preemption (National Meat Association v. Harris) and the ability of states to prohibit the sale of the products of cruelty such as foie gras, shark fins and eggs from hens confined in battery cages. 

Ballenger also represented one of the defendants in what the Second Circuit has called “the largest criminal tax case in American history,” the prosecutions arising from KPMG’s tax practice in the 1990s, and wrote the successful brief for Arthur Andersen in Arthur Andersen v. United States. He has represented parties in several important intellectual property cases. He also has a busy antitrust practice for clients, including Apple Inc. and the Union Pacific Railroad Company, and advises the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in matters involving sovereign and diplomatic immunities.


  • J.D.
    University of Virginia School of Law
  • B.A.
    University of Virginia

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