M. Scott Fisher, Jr.     |     Partner     |    

Scott is a native of Richmond, Virginia.  He joined Harman Claytor in December 2010 and focuses his practice on defending local government entities and their employees against civil rights claims asserting constitutional violations and claims under federal law.  Scott also has experience handling discrimination actions under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and the Fair Housing Act.  Additionally, Scott defends claims involving defamation, malicious prosecution, intentional torts, and negligence, including claims involving premises liability, negligent hiring and retention, and general negligence.


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Education
  • University of Virginia, B.A., 2005
  • The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, J.D., 2009
    • Senior Associate Editor, Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy
    • Associate, Moot Court
    • Member, Thurgood Marshall American Inn of Court
Professional Honors & Activities
  • Federal Bar Association, Richmond Chapter
    • Board, 2016 – present
    • Government Relations Liaison to FBA National
  • Henrico County Bar Association
  • Richmond Bar Association
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Local Government Attorneys Association
  • Virginia State Bar
    • Young Lawyers Conference
      • Chair, Committee on Admission and Orientation, 2012 – 13
      • Sponsors Coordinator & Ad Hoc Admissions, 2011 – 12
  • Virginia Super Lawyers – Rising Stars – Civil Litigation Defense – 2013 – 2017
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Virginia State Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Publications
  • Sherri Morgan & M. Scott Fisher, Jr., et al., The Juvenile Justice System, NASW Law Note Series (2010).
  • Psychiatric Advance Directives d the Right to be Presumed Competent, 25 J. Contemp. Health L. & Policy 386 (2009).
  • Sherri Morgan & M. Scott Fisher, Jr., et al., Social Workers and the Legal Rights of Students: Part II, NASW Law Notes of the General Counsel, Sept. 2008.
Reported Cases
  • Altamira-Rojas v. City of Richmond, No. 3:15-CV-488-JAG, 2016 WL 2585924 (E.D. Va. May 4, 2016)
  • Pleasants v. Town of Louisa, No. 3:11-CV-00032, 2014 WL 1050430 (W.D. Va. Mar. 18, 2014), aff’d sub nom. Pleasants v. Rigsby, 603 F. App’x 126 (4th Cir. 2015)
  • Woodson v. City of Richmond, Va., 2 F.Supp.3d 804, 807 (E.D. Va. 2014)
  • Pleasants v. Town of Louisa, 847 F. Supp. 2d 864 (W.D. Va. 2012), aff’d in part, rev’d in part, 524 F. App’x 891 (4th Cir. 2013)
  • Prescott v. Wade, 4:12CV126, 2013 WL 1352168 (E.D. Va. Apr. 2, 2013)
  • Henderson v. Labor Finders of Virginia, Inc., 3:12CV600, 2013 WL 1352158 (E.D. Va. Apr. 2, 2013)
  • Lee v. Marks, 3:11CV815-JAG, 2013 WL 775379 (E.D. Va. Feb. 28, 2013)
  • Piland v. White, 85 VA. Cir. 45 (Chesapeake 2012)
  • Lawson v. Miles, 1:11CV949 AJT/IDD, 2012 WL 3242349 (E.D. Va. Aug. 6,2012)

Representative Experience
  • In a case of first impression in the Fourth Circuit, obtained qualified immunity on behalf of code enforcement inspectors for discrimination claims under the Fair Housing Act.
  • Obtained dismissal at the pleading stage of a Section 1983 unlawful entry claim and summary judgment of a Section 1983 false arrest claim on behalf of a police officer who conducted welfare checks on a minor living with her mother during a heated custody battle.
  • Obtained a defense verdict after jury trial on behalf of a Virginia city in a $10 million inverse condemnation case in which a private property owner alleged that the city had converted nearly 300 acres of property into undevelopable wetlands within the jurisdiction of the Army Corps. of Engineers pursuant to the Clean Water Act.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of two social workers in a $3.7 million lawsuit where plaintiffs sued for violation of their Constitutional due process rights and malicious prosecution.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a police officer in a $10 million lawsuit where plaintiff asserted violations of Constitutional rights against excessive force, assault, battery, gross negligence, and wrongful death.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a police officer in a lawsuit where plaintiff asserted violations of Constitutional rights against unlawful entry.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a national retailer in a $500,000 premises liability case.
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice at the pleading stage on behalf of an employer who was being sued for claims for employment discrimination, defamation, and assault and battery.
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice at the pleading stage on behalf of two jail officers where plaintiff sued for violations of Constitutional rights against excessive force.
  • Obtained a defense verdict after jury trial on behalf of four school administrators in a $10 million school bullying case in which a student committed suicide allegedly as the result of the administrators’ failure to adequately stop the student from being bullied.
  • Obtained a defense verdict after jury trial in a $250,000 personal injury automobile accident case.
  • Obtained a defense verdict after jury trial in a $100,000 personal injury automobile accident case.
  • Obtained a defense verdict after jury trial in a $50,000 personal injury automobile accident case.

The cases referenced above do not represent the lawyer’s entire record.  Each case must be evaluated on its own facts.  The outcome of a particular case cannot be based on past results.