Scott Dinner

Scott M. Dinner

Scott M. Dinner is a litigator who represents businesses in commercial disputes and antitrust matters. He has first chaired trials, evidentiary hearings, and non-evidentiary hearings and litigated class actions and other complex claims.

What do you focus on?

Commercial Litigation

I help clients resolve business disputes in and out of the court room. I have represented clients in a variety of disputes involving real estate, unfair competition, complex contracts, torts, and corporate governance.


I assist clients in navigating a range of complex antitrust regulations and laws. I have significant experience handling antitrust litigation matters, and also provide an array of counseling and advisory services to my clients. This includes developing and implementing antitrust compliance and training programs, conducting audits to uncover potential exposure, and working with clients to implement effective sales and distribution strategies.

Capper-Volstead Act

I have an intimate familiarity with the reach of the federal Capper-Volstead Act, which creates an antitrust exemption for agricultural cooperatives, as well as the agricultural cooperative laws of numerous states. The failure of a cooperative to comply with these laws can subject them, and their members, to substantial liability. My familiarity with these laws was gained through years of litigating their contours. I now use this familiarity to assist agricultural cooperatives, associations, and farmers in ensuring that they are in compliance with these laws and covered by the antitrust exemptions that these laws provide.

Representative Experience

  • Wrote an amicus brief on behalf of recording artists in a United States Supreme Court case involving the class action cy pres doctrine
  • Obtained dismissal of two of three damages claims and a partial dismissal of the third claim, and negotiated a favorable resolution in a business dispute between a government contractor and a sub-contractor
  • Defended an international food chain against copyright infringement claims
  • Obtained a declaratory judgment in favor of a property owner after a three-day bench trial
  • Successfully pursued antitrust claims against some of the world’s largest manufacturers of computer memory
  • Conducted Capper-Volstead compliance analysis for a large agricultural association
  • Obtained an $84 million settlement for clients in a case alleging that the defendant deliberately stripped annuity policyholders of their dividend
  • Defended (as first chair) a government contractor against multi-million-dollar breach of contract claims

What do you see on the horizon?

I see the rise of big data and the internet of things fundamentally transforming the way cases are litigated. Having legal counsel intimately familiar with these new data sources and how to leverage them will be critical to obtaining successful results in and out of the courtroom.

Prior Experience

Before joining Nixon Peabody, Scott was an associate in commercial litigation at two Virginia-based law firms. In his previous firm, Scott served as the firm’s point person for all strategic decisions related to e-discovery, including collection, preservation, spoliation, and forensic examination.

Indicted Flynn Associate Wants To Weigh In On DOJ Dismissal

Law360 | June 05, 2020

This article mentions Chicago Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Chris Hotaling and Washington, D.C. Complex Commercial Disputes associate Scott Dinner for representing Ekim Alptekin, who on Friday requested permission to file an amicus brief in support of the U.S. Department of Justice's bid in U.S. v. Flynn.


Scott M. Dinner


Washington, DC

Phone: 202-585-8505

Fax: 844-996-1233

University of Virginia School of Law, J.D.

Emory University, B.A.


District of Columbia


U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit

U.S. District Court, District of Columbia

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia

U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia

U.S. Court of Federal Claims

  • Named to the list of “Ones to Watch” by The Best Lawyers in America© for Antitrust Law in 2022 and Commercial Litigation in 2021 in Washington, DC
  • 2019 & 2020 Rising Star—Business Litigation, Super Lawyers, Virginia and Washington, DC
  • 2019 Virginia State Elite—Young Lawyer, Virginia Business

Scott is a member of the Virginia State Bar, the District of Columbia Bar, and the Maryland State Bar. He also serves on the executive committee of the William J. Bryan American Inn of Court.

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