J. Scott Searl

J. Scott Searl

Attorney
Phone:    402.636.8265
Email:    ssearl@bairdholm.com
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J. Scott Searl draws from his broad general counsel experience to advise business owners and managers on a wide variety of corporate legal matters, including acquisitions, divestitures, commercial contracts, corporate governance, media law, ethics and compliance, and dispute resolution. He also provides outside general counsel services to businesses which have legal needs but do not have in-house counsel.

Scott previously served as general counsel for two companies, most recently as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer of a large media company with responsibility for all legal matters, human resources and other administrative functions.  He also served as general counsel for a technology data center and systems integration firm.  Scott works collaboratively with business owners and managers to help them effectively and efficiently achieve their goals.

Since 1998, Scott has been “AV” rated (highest legal and ethical rating) by Martindale-Hubbell.

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  • Creighton University Law School, J.D., Summa Cum Laude, 1989
  • College of the Holy Cross, BA, History, Magna Cum Laude, 1985
  • Boys Town Fundraising Board of Directors (2014 – Present)
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities – Omaha Board of Directors (2015 – Present); President (2017 – 2018)
  • Durham Museum, Board of Directors (2014 – 2018)
  • Omaha World-Herald Company, Board of Directors (2009 – 2011)
  • Opera Omaha, Board of Directors (2004 – 2010); Treasurer & Chair of Finance Committee, and Member of Executive Committee (2008 – 2010)
  • United Way of the Midlands, Board of Directors (2007 – 2009)
  • Creighton University School of Law Alumni Advisory Board; Member of Academic and Curriculum Committees (2004 – 2009)
  • Creighton Prep High School, Parent Advisory Board (2004 – 2011)
  • St. Wenceslaus Parish, Finance Committee (2001 – 2004); Chair (2003 – 2004)
  • PKS Information Services, Inc., Board of Directors (1996 – 1999)
  • Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Omaha (1994 – 1995)
  • Association of Corporate Counsel; Member (1997 – 2018)
  • News Media Alliance, Legal Affairs Committee (2012 – 2018)
  • Nebraska State Bar Association (1989 – Present); Member of Executive Committee of the Corporate Counsel Section (2008 – Present)
  • Omaha Bar Association; Member (1989 – Present)
  • American Bar Association; Member (1989 – Present)
  • USLaw Commercial Practice Group (2019 – Present)
  • Serving as chief legal officer for print, digital and TV media company with over 230 print and digital publications and operations in 11 states
  • Representing client in 13 acquisitions and two divestitures closed in a three-year period
  • Acting as ethics and compliance officer for business with 4,500 employees
  • Representing client in sales and leasing activity for business with 119 locations
  • Serving as corporate secretary responsible for corporate governance, minutes and record-keeping for client with over 40 subsidiaries
  • Serving as member of retirement plan committee for pension plan with $2.9 billion in assets 
  • Serving as chief legal officer for technology services firm with operations in four states, Brazil, India, Ireland and Mexico, with responsibility for all contract negotiations and intellectual property work
  • "That's Not Fair: Unfair Business Practices and Wat You Can Do About Them," USLAW Fall Conference, Washington D.C., September 2019
  • "How to Prevent and Respond to Unauthorized Use of Your Company's IP," Association of Corporate Counsel Mid-America Chapter, July 2019
  • "Antitrust Risks and Compliance," various local sales management teams, 2019


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