About Scott Flaherty
Scott Flaherty is a partner at Briggs and Morgan, P.A. in Minneapolis and practices in the areas of intellectual property, complex commercial, regulatory and criminal matters. He is admitted to practice law before the state and federal courts of Minnesota, Iowa, Alaska, the U.S. Patent Office and the U.S. Supreme Court. Within his firm, Scott serves as the co-chair of his firm’s Diversity Committee, co-chair of the Appellate Practice Group and was on the Recruiting Committee.
The breadth of Scott’s legal experience makes him an outstanding choice for Ramsey County Judge. He has tried cases before judges and juries and has handled appeals at all levels of the state and federal court systems. Scott’s clients have ranged from some of Minnesota’s largest publicly traded companies to children, journalists, protesters and homeless persons—all seeking fair representation in the legal system.
During his career, Scott has resolved civil cases with amounts in dispute totaling more than $30,000,000 and has represented criminal defendants who have faced more than 250 years in prison.
- Additional details about Scott’s legal work can be found at his firm biography.
- Court decisions from many of his cases are available here.
- The Minnesota Judicial Branch has made available some videos of Scott in court that can be viewed here.
He is also an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas Law School, teaching appellate advocacy since 2015. Through UST’s program, Scott has been mentoring young lawyers of color to make sure that the legal community to make the legal community more reflective of Minnesota.
Scott has been named Attorney of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer, an Up and Coming attorney by Minnesota Lawyer. He has received the Social Justice Award by the National Lawyers Guild of Minnesota and has been named as a North Star Lawyer by the Minnesota Bar Association.
Scott grew up a working-class family in small-town Iowa. His mom was a teacher—and in the local union—and his dad was a low-level supervisor in a cat food plant.
One of his earliest memories was of his mom taking a deposition for a lawsuit—a law suit that tore apart his extended family. The stress of that law suit affected his childhood, his parents’ marriage, and his relationships with his aunts, uncles and cousins.
Scott went to Washington University in St. Louis for college and earned a B.S. in biomedical engineering, graduating magna cum laude. Previously, Scott worked in the IT department of a bank holding company and as a researcher studying cellular signaling pathways in mammalian cells.
It was during this this time that Scott was able to see that the experience of his childhood actually left a passion for fairness in him and a drive to make the law serve people better. Scott left the research field and earned a J.D. with distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law. While in law school, Scott was the executive editor for the Journal of Corporation Law.
Scott is an active leader in our community. He:
- Serves children through the Children’s Law Center
- Represents adults pro bono through the Federal Bar Association’s Pro Se Project and the Volunteer Lawyer’s Network
- Serves on the board of the ACLU-MN, Minnesota’s leading civil-liberties group
- Serves on St. Paul’s Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, an African-American nonprofit social-service agency and chairs their Programs & Public-Policy Committee
- Chaired the Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights where he presided over administrative trials involving cases under the city’s civil-rights ordinance.
- Was a a board member of the Eighth Circuit Bar Association and was its newsletter editor.
He is an avid scuba diver, enjoys Game of Thrones and Westworld and Robert A. Caro’s biographies. Scott, his husband, Adam, and their daughter live in Saint Paul and are members of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in St. Paul.