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Michael E. Scoville



A former Supreme Court clerk, Michael joined Perkins Coie in January 2012, after serving for over three years as a federal prosecutor in Seattle.  Michael’s litigation experience includes seven federal criminal trials, a six-week bench trial in a federal civil case involving express and implied preemption claims, and an international arbitration hearing.  Michael has argued countless motions, cross-examined criminal defendants and experts on subjects ranging from economic modeling to handwriting analysis, and successfully tried complex cases to judges and juries.

As an Assistant United States Attorney from 2008 to 2011, Michael specialized in prosecuting organized fraud rings.  He also gained particular expertise in the use of telecommunications data, including cell site tower and GPS information, in federal investigations.  On his departure from government service to join the firm, Michael was recognized by the FBI for his outstanding contributions in supporting its mission.

Michael's practice at Perkins Coie focuses on defending against product liability claims and providing counsel regarding product liability risk.  Representative clients include companies in the aviation, aerospace, and telecommunications industries.  Michael also has extensive appellate litigation experience, including on matters pending in the federal courts of appeals and the United States Supreme Court.

Representative Matters

International Arbitration
  • Represent satellite manufacturer in international arbitration relating to satellite constructive total loss resulting in alleged damages of $400 million.
  • Represented defense contractor in multimillion-dollar dispute with subcontractor over workshare and lost profits, culminating in two-week arbitration hearing.
Product Liability
  • Represent aviation chart producer with respect to claims arising from plane crash in Australia.
  • Represented automobile manufacturers in preemption challenges to state carbon dioxide emissions regulations.
  • Represented telecommunications provider in inverse condemnation action.
  • Represented fast food chain in successful opposition to petition for certiorari in the California Supreme Court.
  • Lead prosecutor for investigation and prosecution of multi-state check kiting ring, with indictment of 16 defendants including a corrupt employee of the Washington Department of Licensing.
  • Lead prosecutor for investigation and prosecution of multi-state identity theft ring, with indictment and conviction of 7 defendants including the ringleader.
  • Lead prosecutor for investigation and prosecution of car loan fraud ring. Successfully obtained extradition from Mexico of international fugitive captured due to social media use.
  • Obtained conviction on all 30 counts during two-week bench trial on conspiracy, bank fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering charges arising from multi-year mortgage fraud scheme.

Professional Recognition

  • Recognized for "Outstanding Contributions in Supporting the FBI and its Mission," 2011
  • Named to Legal Bisnow's "30 Under 30" Selection of Stand-Out Young Lawyers in the Washington, D.C., Area, 2008

Professional Leadership

  • Federal Bar Association "Youth Law Day" Event, Co-Chair, 2011

Related Employment

  • U.S. Attorney's Office, Seattle, WA, Assistant United States Attorney, 2008 - 2011
  • Kirkland & Ellis, LLP, Washington, D.C., Associate, 2005 - 2008


  • Hon. Anthony M. Kennedy, U.S. Supreme Court, 2004 - 2005
  • Hon. J. Michael Luttig, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 2003 - 2004


  • Harvard Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 2003
    Note Editor, Harvard Law Review
  • University of Munich, Fulbright Scholar, 2000
  • Washington University in St. Louis, B.A., History & Russian Studies, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1999

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Washington


  • Russian
  • German