Jenner & Block

Scott B. Wilkens is an accomplished trial and appellate lawyer who focuses primarily on complex commercial litigation and content, media and entertainment matters.  His experience also extends to white collar matters, including internal investigations and monitorships of major financial institutions.

Currently, Mr. Wilkens is leading the firm team representing several individual transgender plaintiffs and the ACLU of North Carolina in federal litigation challenging H.B. 2, North Carolina’s anti-transgender and anti-LGBT law.  Mr. Wilkens is also engaged in monitoring Credit Suisse AG following the bank’s $715 million settlement with the New York Department of Financial Services.   

Mr. Wilkens' recent engagements have included:

  • Representing 20 leading medical and mental health organizations in filing an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in Gloucester County School Board v. G.G.
  • Representing 15 associations and organizations whose members create and disseminate a wide variety of copyrighted musical compositions and sound recordings in submitting public comments to the U.S. Copyright Office.
  • Representing law professors Jeannie Suk Gersen and Scott Hemphill in filing an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in Star Athletica, LLC v. Varsity Brands, Inc.
  • Representing Getty Images (US), Inc. in a federal lawsuit brought by a photographer alleging violations of federal and state law.
  • Representing numerous broadcasters in copyright infringement litigation against internet television service Aereo.
  • Representing Viacom in its landmark copyright infringement case against Google and YouTube.
  • Representing Brookfield Asset Management in litigation against AIG regarding an interest rate swap agreement.

Mr. Wilkens has argued cases before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the District of Columbia Circuit, and his appellate work also includes merits briefing in patent, death penalty and terrorism cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.  In 2013, Mr. Wilkens was named a "Washington, D.C. Rising Star" by Super Lawyers.  In 2010, he was named one of the "Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40" by the National LGBT Bar Association.

At the firm, Mr. Wilkens serves on the Diversity & Inclusion, Hiring and International Committees. He is co-chair of the Hiring Committee for the firm's Washington, D.C. office and has served as the partner in charge of that office's summer associate program.

Before joining Jenner & Block, Mr. Wilkens was an engagement manager with the management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, where he advised the senior management of banks and insurance companies in North America, Europe and Asia.  Before that, he worked as a Henry Luce Scholar at the Centre for Comparative and Public Law at the University of Hong Kong and at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C.