Growing up in a small town by a lake, Mr. Scott was very active in sailing, skiing and scuba diving from a young age. While he was serving in the U.S. Army as a Signals Intelligence Analyst and studying Russian at the prestigious Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, he became involved in competition skydiving. After completing his military service, Mr. Scott obtained his bachelor’s degree in Russian Language and literature from the State University of New York at Oswego.
In 1990, Mr. Scott moved to Miami to attend Law School at St. Thomas University. During his first semester, Mr. Scott tied for first in his class, won the 1L Moot Court Competition, and was appointed to Law Review. Mr. Scott followed up on these honors by interning with Judge Lenore Nesbitt, Federal Judge for the Southern District of Florida, and then with the Federal Public Defender’s Office, Appellate Division, working under Paul Rashkind. In 1993 Mr. Scott moved to Orlando to begin the two major jobs of his life: working as an Assistant Public Defender under Joseph DuRocher, and becoming a father. Mr. Scott’s daughter was born and raised in Orlando. She is currently attending college here in town.
Upon deciding that being a new father was incompatible with his more extreme hobbies, Mr. Scott dedicated his after work hours to training in Martial Arts under Grandmaster Y.K. Kim. Mr. Scott currently holds the rank of 4th degree Black Belt, Senior Instructor. In addition to teaching martial arts, Mr. Scott can be seen at many Central Florida events as part of the breaking demonstration team “Breakwondo”, demonstrating concrete breaking and sword techniques to Central Florida audiences.
After four years with the Orange County Public Defender’s Office, winning awards and recognition for his skills in the courtroom, Mr. Scott left to open his own firm. In May of 2005, his wife, Catherine Medling, joined him to found the law firm of Scott & Medling, devoted solely to the practice of criminal defense law. The firm handles cases large and small, for a variety of clients. Some notable cases in which Mr. Scott has achieved favorable outcomes include representing people in the music industry, sports figures, a doctor whose case was profiled on The Nancy Grace show, and a soldier who returned from Afghanistan to face unfounded sexual battery charges. Mr. Scott has enabled all of these clients to continue to pursue productive lives outside of the criminal justice system.
Throughout his professional career, Mr. Scott has continued his martial arts training. In 2008, at the age of 49, Mr. Scott spent a month in the jungle of southern Thailand training to become a Muay Thai kickboxer. Approved to fight professionally, it took the death of a popular princess and the resulting cancellation of every fight in the country, to prevent Mr. Scott from entering the ring. Today, Mr. Scott continues training with Grandmaster Y.K. Kim and protecting his clients. He can be found training, teaching martial arts, performing at Central Florida events, and, of course, in courtrooms throughout the state of Florida.
Scott & Medling
1515 East Livingston St.
Orlando, FL 32803
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