Scott Himes has more than 40 years’ experience as a trusted litigator and trial lawyer handling a wide array of challenging and complex cases.
Mr. Himes joined Kishner Miller Himes as a partner in September 2016. For 30 years, he was a partner in the highly-regarded litigation/white collar defense “boutique” firm Stillman & Friedman, P.C. He became a partner in the large national firm Ballard Spahr LLP when Stillman & Friedman merged with Ballard in 2013. He began his career as a litigation associate at another major firm, Kaye Scholer.
Over the years, Mr. Himes has been involved in many high-profile and significant cases (some described in Representative Matters below), including representations of public figures and well-known business entities. In joining Kishner Miller Himes, Mr. Himes “returns to his roots” of litigating in a small-firm environment that provides top-quality legal services, often in complicated and difficult situations.
As his primary area of practice, Mr. Himes concentrates on civil litigation, with an emphasis on complex commercial and business disputes. His litigation practice encompasses many areas of substantive law for numerous types of clients in diverse business settings, including matters involving breach of contract, real estate, fraud, securities fraud (both private actions and enforcement proceedings), RICO, partnership and fiduciary duty disputes, insurance, professional liability, intellectual property, trade secrets, business torts, and employment disputes.
Mr. Himes handles matters throughout all phases of litigation, including trials and appeals, as well as counseling clients in various dispute situations. Much of his experience is in complex cases for major business entities, but he has also handled many cases for individuals and smaller-scale businesses involved in complicated disputes. While frequently on the defense side, he also represents clients as plaintiffs or claimants. Many of his matters involve multiple parties and multiple jurisdictions. In addition to litigating in federal and state courts, Mr. Himes represents clients in regulatory proceedings and investigatory matters. He often represents professionals, such as attorneys, law firms and physicians, in challenging and sensitive matters. Mr. Himes takes great pride, in particular, in helping clients navigate successfully through contentious legal proceedings. He is frequently called upon by out-of-state lawyers to take on complex cases in the New York courts.
When not working, Scott is an avid reader, particularly enjoying historical fiction and spy novels, as well as a serious fan of professional football. He is a long-time resident of Brooklyn Heights, where he and his wife Carol have raised their two now-adult sons, Daniel and Adam. On weekends, Scott will often be seen around the neighborhood walking the family labradoodle Sydney.
Complex Contract Disputes
Other Unique/Noteworthy Matters
American Bar Association
New York City Bar Association
Federal Bar Council
Mr. Himes frequently is a speaker and presenter on litigation topics for legal education programs sponsored by the New York City Bar Association, of which he is a long-time member
AV Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
Named to New York Metro Super Lawyers annually
Hofstra University School of Law (J.D. 1978)
University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.A. 1975, with distinction)