Scott Galt understands that government actions increasingly impact companies involved in the global trade of goods and services. To manage and mitigate those added risks associated with overseas transactions, Scott handles corporate compliance issues and global transactions for foreign and domestic companies in a wide variety of industries and contexts. His knowledge of local legal requirements, including trade regulations and data privacy regimes in many countries, helps organizations enhance their worldwide networks in a cost-efficient manner. As globalization continues to take hold, Scott advises clients on the licensing and regulatory needs related to their international business concerns, including in connection with the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) economic and trade sanctions regimes, anti-boycott laws, competition law, and anti-bribery laws, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the UK Bribery Act. In a similar vein, Scott helps clients navigate cross-border data flows in the wake of the changing data privacy and protection landscape wrought by the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). By developing trade, data privacy, competition law, franchise, or FCPA compliance programs, or facilitating the implementation, assessment, and auditing of current programs, Scott can spot problems and provide guidance on their limitations and the attendant consequences.
When a company wants to grow its business, either organically or through acquisition, Scott serves to guide it through the maze of issues associated with their global or domestic expansion. Whether it is corporate formation, entity selection, structure, mergers and acquisitions, cross-border movements, competitive effects, privacy concerns, or disclosure obligations, he works to ensure that each agreement contemplates the appropriate procedures, appreciates jurisdictional nuances, minimizes tax implications and risk, and fulfills the client’s objectives.
Scott also brings the benefits of a commercial litigation perspective to his international and domestic corporate and compliance work, serving as outside general counsel for a number of regional clients for whom he handles a wide variety of high-dollar litigation and corporate disputes. Scott also serves as outside general counsel for a national manufacturing trade association. His litigation experience also includes representing corporate and individual fiduciaries, personal representatives, and beneficiaries in a variety of trust and estate disputes.
Scott participates in many cultural institutions within the St. Louis community. He serves as trustee for the Missouri Historical Society, is on the board of the St. Louis Mercantile Library, is a member of the William Greenleaf Eliot Society and serves on its Patrons Committee, and is an active supporter of the St. Louis Art Museum, Opera Theatre of St. Louis and the City Academy.
Services and Industries
- Antitrust and Trade Practices
- Emerging Companies
- Franchising and Distribution
- Governance and Compliance
- Internal Investigations and Regulatory Compliance
- Outside General Counsel
- Privacy and Data Security
- Securities Regulation and Litigation
- Trusts and Estates
- Manufacturing and Innovation
- Higher Education
- Technology Transactions
- Washington University School of Law (J.D., 2004)
- Johns Hopkins University (M.A., 2001)
- International Economics
- University of Virginia (B.A., 1994)
- Missouri, 2004
- Illinois, 2005
- Colorado, 2018
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, 2004
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, 2006
- The Missouri Bar
- International Association of Privacy Professionals (Former local chapter chair)
- Washington University Olin School of Business (Guest lecturer)
Charitable and Civic Involvement
- Missouri Historical Society (Trustee)
- St. Louis Mercantile Library (Board of Direction)
- William Greenleaf Eliot Society Member (Patrons Committee, Chair)
- The Best Lawyers in America®; Commercial Litigation (2019-present)
- Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPPE/E) certified by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
- Spanish (professional working proficiency)
Prior to law school, Scott taught U.S. History, Government and Law, and Comparative Politics to middle and upper schoolers both locally (MICDS) and overseas (Bryanston School). He then pursued a master’s degree in international economics, clerking for the Chief Counsel for the International Commerce in the U.S. Commerce Department, before joining Armstrong Teasdale full time in 2004.