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 global corporations.
Currently, Mr. Wilkens is leading the firm team representing several individual transgender plaintiffs and the ACLU of North Carolina in federal litigation challenging North Carolina’s anti-transgender and anti-LGBT law. Mr. Wilkens is also representing the major recording companies in federal copyright infringement litigation. In addition, Mr. Wilkens is representing the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University in FOIA litigation concerning the federal government’s searches of travelers’ electronic devices at the border.
Mr. Wilkens' recent engagements have included:
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 2017, Mr. Wilkens appeared as a panelist at the inaugural LGBT Forum sponsored by the American Bar Association Section of Litigation. 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 and Hiring 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.