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Scott A. Resnik

New York Office

Scott A. Resnik is the chair of Katten’s national White Collar, Investigations and Compliance practice, as well as co-head of the firm’s New York Litigation practice. He represents individuals and businesses in white collar criminal matters, securities litigation, regulatory enforcement matters, complex civil litigation and corporate internal investigations.

Since joining Katten in 2005, Scott has handled dozens of investigations for clients, including hedge funds, broker-dealers, health care companies and hospitals. He manages cases involving white collar fraud, wire fraud, insider trading, compliance issues, Medicare Anti-Kickback statute issues, fraudulent tax shelters and insurance fraud. Scott, an experienced trial lawyer, handles complex white collar matters in both federal and state courts and in connection with investigations by federal and state regulatory agencies.

Before joining the firm, Scott served more than six years in the US Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey. As an Assistant US Attorney, Scott prosecuted criminal matters, including public corruption, tax evasion, bank fraud, mail and wire fraud, money laundering, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and securities fraud. He began his legal career as a judicial clerk for Justice Stewart G. Pollock of the New Jersey Supreme Court.

Shown below is a selection of Scott’s engagements.

  • Representation of several pharmaceutical company officers in a large, multijurisdictional DOJ investigation involving FDA issues and anti-kickback statutes related to nationwide sales practices of opioid pain-killer products.
  • Representation of the president of a pharmaceutical company in a seven-week federal criminal jury trial in the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York. The case concerned the alleged importation of pharmaceuticals that were not approved by the FDA. The trial team successfully obtained acquittals on the most serious counts in the indictment.
  • Regular representation of high-profile clients in large, complex insider trading investigations involving an array of issues from stock price manipulation to violating confidentiality agreements, often in the US District Courts for the District of New Jersey and the Southern District of New York.
  • Representation of numerous corporate officers in FCPA investigations. Drafted FCPA compliance and training programs for multinational businesses.
  • Representation of a senior broker in an investigation by the CFTC and DOJ as part of a global probe into bank traders, brokers and potential manipulation of a key interest-rate benchmark used in areas such as setting payout rates on pension funds, determining the cost of real estate loans, and valuing swap contracts settled between banks and institutional and wealthy investors.
  • Representation of an individual as defendant in one of the largest insider trading prosecutions conducted in the US District Court for the District of New Jersey. Katten obtained a dramatically below-guidelines sentence for the client.
  • Representation of a senior officer of a technology company in connection with US Attorney’s Office and SEC investigations relating to stock option backdating activities.
  • Regular representation of clients facing investigations and charges of racketeering, health care fraud, customs violations, commodities and securities fraud, currency reporting violations, environmental crime, computer crime, and criminal antitrust violations. Works closely with clients to develop litigation strategies that minimize their exposure to fraud and criminal activity and use civil racketeering and fraud actions to recover treble and punitive damages.
  • Representation of a publicly traded national construction entity and its subsidiary in an integrity review conducted by the Inspector General’s Office of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
  • Representation of the audit committee of a publicly traded corporation in an internal investigation into allegations of officer misconduct, bribery and kickbacks.
  • Representation of the founder and portfolio manager of a hedge fund who was charged with securities fraud for losing the fund's assets. The case resolved with the client receiving only probation.
  • Successful representation of a food additive company in a criminal investigation into customs violations. The investigation concluded with no charges.


Legal 500, 2016–2019
Chambers USA, 2017–2018
Super Lawyers, New York, 2012–2018
Author | Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest
Firm News
July 24, 2013
Presenter | Attorney-Client Privilege for In-House Attorneys | New York Law Journal In-House Counsel CLE Event | New York, New York
Scott A. Resnik


  • JD, Harvard Law School, cum laude
  • AB, Princeton University, summa cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • New Jersey

Court Admissions

  • US District Court, District of New Jersey
  • US District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • US District Court, Southern District of New York
  • US District Court, Northern District of New York


Legal 500
Chambers USA
Super Lawyers
New York, 2012–2018
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