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Scott C. Ford

Member / Chair, Litigation Practice



Scott combines a robust practice with management of the firm’s national Litigation Practice. He guides clients through a wide range of contract and other commercial disputes, particularly in the commercial real estate, private equity and retail and consumer product industries. His private equity work involves ownership, merger and acquisition, and other disputes related to deals and business structures. His commercial real estate work involves handling disputes around transactions, ownership, construction, access, and related issues. Scott has successfully handled litigation matters across the country in numerous federal and state courts and agencies.

Scott is the Section Head for the Litigation Practice. He represents clients in a variety of commercial disputes, focused primarily on real estate and fiduciary matters. Much of Scott's practice involves fiduciary disputes between shareholders of private companies. He counsels clients on achieving the most effective and efficient means of resolving these unique disputes, either through litigation or negotiated agreements.

Scott’s Real Estate work includes representing clients regarding commercial lease disputes and advising development and construction clients in the contracting and permitting process. His practice also includes litigating construction disputes, land use decisions, issues related to joint ownership matters, and commercial lease cases.

He has appeared before the US District Court, United States Bankruptcy Court, Massachusetts Superior Court, Massachusetts District Court, Massachusetts Housing Court, and Massachusetts Probate and Family Court as well as various state, federal, and local regulatory bodies. He has tried numerous cases, and he has also argued appeals before the Massachusetts Appeals Court and the Supreme Judicial Court.

Scott is Co-chair of Mintz Professional Development (MLPD), which provides and coordinates all of the firm’s attorney training programs. In addition to serving as an instructor for MLPD, he has been an instructor for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education.

During law school, he was a member of the National Moot Court Team.

He coaches various Hingham youth athletic teams.


  • Boston College (JD, magna cum laude)
  • College of the Holy Cross (BA)


  • Represents joint venture between international hotel company and leading global investment firm in dispute with landowner regarding rights to 100+ year leasehold interest in a high-value Boston hotel property.

Bankruptcy & Restructuring

  • Represented the unsecured creditors’ committee in the Ch. 11 filing of Clark-Cutler-McDermott Company, an auto parts manufacturing company. Our representation included litigation against General Motors, LLC, the senior secured creditor and the debtors’ primary customer, for: (i) breach of contract; (ii) breach of fiduciary duty; (iii) fraud; (iv) unfair and deceptive business practices; (v) avoidance of liens; and (vi) equitable subordination.

Recognition & Awards

  • Benchmark Litigation: Litigation Star (2020)
  • Best Lawyers in America: Commercial Litigation (2020)
  • Best Lawyers in America: Real Estate Law (2020)
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Closely Held Business (2005 – 2018)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent


  • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Boston Bar Association
  • Hingham Historic Districts Commission

Recent Insights

News & Press



Private Equity Opportunity in Litigation Financing

April 18, 2018 | Alert | By Scott Ford, Kurt Steinkrauss

Litigation financing has quickly grown from a fledging concept into a robust industry. The concept is simple: in exchange for a share of any proceeds, a financing firm agrees to pay all or a portion of the plaintiff’s legal fees.
A recent decision by the Court of Chancery of Delaware provides a reason to pause before agreeing to standard, boilerplate “material adverse change” clauses in purchase agreements.

News & Press

Member and Chair of Mintz’s Litigation Practice Scott Ford is among the local Boston sources providing commentary in this Law360 feature article on what trends and cases to watch in Massachusetts this year.

Scott Ford, Chair of the Litigation Section, and Kurt Steinkrauss, Co-Chair of the Private Equity Section, authored this column on how the emerging litigation financing industry is becoming an attractive risk-reducing option – especially among PE firms.
Fifty-three Mintz attorneys have been named Massachusetts Super Lawyers for 2016 and thirty-one have been named Massachusetts Rising Stars. The findings will be published in the November 2016 issue of Boston Magazine and in a stand-alone magazine, New England Super Lawyers. 
Mintz represented Right Networks in selling a controlling interest in the company to BV Investment Partners, a middle-market private equity firm focused on the business services and IT services sectors. 
Mintz Member Scott Ford provides commentary in this Law360 article discussing how the litigation landscape has changed in scope for younger associates.



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