Scott Allen

Of Counsel

Practice Areas: Serious Injury,Drug & Medical Device Injuries,Commercial Litigation

Biography

Scott Allen began his practice by clerking for the Texas Supreme Court. Following his clerkship Mr. Allen went to work as an associate trial attorney at the national law firm of Andrews & Kurth where he focused his practice on the defense of doctors in medical malpractice cases and as counsel on products liability and other litigation matters. Scott was made a partner in 1991 and continued his practice there until becoming one of the founding members of his own firm, Cruse Scott Henderson & Allen LLP (CSHA) in 1992.

While at CSHA, Scott was head of the firm’s mass tort group which from 1992 – 2008 handled many thousands of lawsuits where his doctor clients were named as defendants in pharmaceutical and medical device cases. Scott was named by Texas’ largest medical malpractice carrier as coordinating counsel in all drug and medical device cases. Scott’s cases involved silicone gel breast implants,fen-phen, Norplant, Propulsid, Baycol and hormone replacement therapy, among others. Scott was appointed by both Texas and federal courts as either liaison counsel or as a member of the steering committee for the physicians. Mr. Allen was asked to speak at numerous seminars where the role of doctors in litigation was a topic.

While at CSHA, Scott was also hired by other attorneys and injured individuals to assist them in lawsuits involving personal injury against major corporations and drug manufacturers. Scott also represented individuals and companies in the commercial litigation setting. Scott acted as lead counsel or co-lead counsel and has received both multimillion dollar jury verdicts and settlements. These verdicts include the trial of a case involving the ephedra containing product, Metabolife, which soon lead to the settlement of many other ephedra lawsuits in Texas and across the country. Scott also was trial counsel for a doctor in her suit against a major healthcare corporation. This case resulted in another multimillion dollar verdict. In addition, Scott has handled and settled either before trial, or during trial, other multimillion dollar cases. These include cases for wrongful death following one of the largest gas well explosion death and injury incidents in U.S. history, injuries from chemical exposure, drug product injury, breach of joint venture agreement in development of commercial web business, industrial accident and automobile injuries.

Mr. Allen was lead trial counsel in the only case involving the pharmaceutical Zyprexa tried in the country — The State of Alaska vs. Eli Lilly. Mr. Allen represented Alaska in their 2008 trial against Eli Lilly which settled after 5 weeks of trial and only a few days before the case was to be handed to the jury. Mr. Allen has continued to work on other pharmaceutical cases including those involving Seroquel, Paxil, Zoloft, Accutane and other drug products.

Scott’s work and his cases have been reported upon both locally and nationally, including The Houston Chronicle, The New York Times, The CBS Evening News and Bloomberg News among others.

Mr. Allen joined the firm as “Of Counsel” in June 2010 and will focus his practice on representing injured individuals in pharmaceutical and medical device cases, major industrial accidents, toxic torts and other cases involving catastrophic injuries and death as well as commercial disputes.

Awards
  • Voted “Texas Super Lawyer” 2006 -2009 and 2011-2015
  • Super Lawyers
Education
  • University of Texas at Austin, BBA, Finance 1980
  • University of Houston Law Center JD, Summa Cum Laude, May 1983
  • Admitted Texas Bar November 1983
  • Admitted to United States Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit and U.S. District Courts for Southern, Eastern, Northern and Western Districts of Texas
Memberships
  • University Of Houston Law Review
  • Elected to Membership in The American Board of Trial Advocates 2001
  • Former Member of University of Houston Law Center’s Law Alumni Board and The Blakely Advocacy Institute’s Advisory Board
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy Faculty Member at University of Houston Law Center 2007
  • Member of State Bar of Texas Advisory Committee on Jury Service 2007-2010; 2010 – 2013
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • University of Houston Law Center
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Foundation
Experience
  • Texas Supreme Court, briefing attorney for Justice James P. Wallace 1983-1984
  • Invited witness before The United States Senate Democratic Policy Committee regarding the role of U.S. civilian contractors in Iraq – September 2006
  • Speaker at various trial and litigation seminars on the issue of the role of physicians in pharmaceutical and medical device litigation
Employment History
  • Associate trial attorney Andrews & Kurth LLP Houston Texas 1984 -1990
  • Partner Andrews & Kurth LLP Houston Texas 1991-1992
  • Founding partner of Cruse Scott Henderson & Allen LLP ( now Shepherd Scott Clawater & Houston LLP) 1992 – 2008
  • Of Counsel, Cruse Scott Henderson & Allen LLP 2009
  • Of Counsel, Bailey Peavy Bailey 2010 – present