Scott Levy focuses his practice on energy litigation, accounting malpractice litigation, real estate litigation, and litigation under the qui tam provisions of the federal False Claims Act.
Scott practices upstream, midstream, and LNG oil and gas law, including title, transactional, and litigation work. His petroleum landman work includes title due diligence for over $15 billion in acquisitions or divestitures of producing oil fields. Scott’s transactional practice includes leases; joint operating agreements; unit and pooling agreements; rights-of-way; purchase and sale agreements; conveyances and assignments; farm-ins/farm-outs; production sharing agreements for field-wide units in the Permian Basin, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and North Dakota.
Scott spent his early career with a Wall St. securities litigation firm, where he specialized in accounting malpractice law, including a 100-day jury trial in Knoxville, Tennessee representing the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation against the national auditing firm Ernst &Young over their clean unqualified audit opinions rendered before the Butcher chain of Tennessee banks collapsed. Scott has continued to practice accounting malpractice in litigation on behalf of the federal government for the failure to disclose and report fraud as required by U.S. Government Auditing Standards.
Scott spent half his career on qui tam litigation representing whistleblowers who reported massive fraud in the Higher Education Act government-insured student loan and Pell grant programs, working extensively with the civil and criminal divisions of U.S. Department of Justice, and numerous state attorneys general.
He has been a Criminal Justice Act panel attorney in Southern District of Texas doing federal trial and appellate criminal practice.