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Our Mission

Scott Advocates PLLC is an American (NH, USA) commercial law firm, which provides legal services, advice, representation and support to reputable members of the International Community in conflict, post-conflict and developing countries.

These IC Members include Allied and US-friendly diplomatic missions, NGOs, educational institutions, other reputable law firms, and reputable for-profit firms in the defense, development, law enforcement, diplomatic-services, energy, aviation and other commercial sectors; in order to enable our clients to accomplish their business or mission objectives in a pragmatic and legally sound manner, with a focus, always, on the protection of staff and ongoing operations.

Practice Areas

  • Crises Management
  • Emergency Interventions to protect staff, property and operations
  • Serious Incident and Work-Place Investigations
  • Host and Home Government Compliance
  • Defense and prosecution of commercial claims
  • Labor and Employment
  • Sports and Entertainment
  • Supply Chain agreements and remedies
  • Taxation
  • Aviation
  • Energy and Extractives
  • Telecommunications
  • Political and Legal Risk Assessment & Mitigation
  • Due Diligence and Anti-Corruption Compliance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Business Registration and Licensure
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Public and Private Contracts
  • Litigation (court and arbitration)
  • Litigation Support to Client Trial Counsel
  • Commercial Negotiations
  • Banking and Finance
  • Anti-Money Laundering / Counter-Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT)
  • Expert Reports, Declarations and Testimony
  • Mediation
  • Immigration and Visas

The Practice

Ward E. Scott II, Esquire founded his comprehensive international commercial legal practice in Afghanistan in 2011, based upon the readily apparent need for a top-drawer international commercial
law firm to bridge the gap between Western law firms and in-house counsels and the realities of doing business on the ground in Afghanistan, one of the world’s most challenging markets.

Since then, Scott Advocates PLLC (Scott) has become the foremost firm providing international clients and correspondent counsel legal advice, representation, litigation support and assistance in and concerning Afghanistan.

Scott is correspondent counsel with Venable LLP, with offices in Washington, DC and throughout the United States, and Morris
James LLP, Delaware’s foremost corporate and commercial practitioners.

Mr. Scott resides in Kabul, Afghanistan, is periodically in London and Washington, DC, and is an active member of the New Hampshire (USA),
American and International Bar Associations.

The Scott team has successfully appeared before all principal ministries of the Afghan government, commercial and criminal courts and the administrative office of the Ministry of Justice, the ‘Hoqooq’, and displayed considerable moral and physical courage
in regularly doing so.

A highly respected and experienced litigator, appellate counsel and negotiator, Mr. Scott has served as an elected district attorney and county general counsel, with numerous jury trials and successful state supreme court appeals, as well as a full array of commercial, land use, real estate and equitable actions.

His practice also included investigative grand juries and combined State and Federal Violent Crime Task Force cases, as well as white-collar criminal investigation and prosecutions, and defense of the county in civil actions.

In Afghanistan, Mr. Scott has served as NATO Senior Advisor for Parliamentary Affairs to the Minister of Interior (H E Hanif Atmar, and H E Gen Bismullah Khan Mohammadi) and successfully developed, in collaboration with his Afghan colleagues, a newly structured Department for Parliamentary Affairs.

He subsequently appeared before the Internal Security Commission of the Wolesi Jirga, to brief the commission on the new best practice scheme.