Scott Aberson represents businesses in complex commercial disputes primarily in the areas of tort and product liability, consumer fraud, business torts, and breach of contract actions. Scott has successfully represented clients in multiple state and federal courts across the country, and he has significant experience defending and managing high-stakes lawsuits involving multiple parties and large numbers of plaintiffs, particularly in the medical device, pharmaceutical, biotech, and crop science industries.
Scott currently serves as court-appointed defense co-liaison counsel in a consolidated Minnesota state court action that represents one of the largest cases in the history of Minnesota in terms of both number of plaintiffs and alleged damages. The case involves over 65,000 individual U.S. corn growers and various entities that purchased, stored, transported, and exported corn grown in the U.S., along with a class of Minnesota corn growers, who have sued on various tort theories related to the sale of genetically modified corn seed after it had been approved for sale by all U.S. regulatory authorities.
Scott also currently represents a leading medical device manufacturer in numerous federal and state court actions in Minnesota and around the country involving both external and implanted devices, including insulin pumps and pacemakers. Scott was previously part of a team that successfully defended and managed hundreds of lawsuits and claims around the country arising from a voluntary medical device recall.
Scott is particularly skilled at managing large and complex cases. He has significant experience in formulating litigation strategy; leading, managing, and supervising large teams and local counsel in complex litigation matters; first-chairing numerous mediations; serving as local or liaison counsel to clients and nationwide joint defense groups; taking and defending fact and expert witness depositions; oral argument and motion practice; bellwether case selection; and class action litigation. Scott has also been selected for inclusion on the Minnesota Rising Stars list in the area of Personal Injury Defense: Products, as part of the Super Lawyers® multiphase selection process.
In addition, Scott devotes significant time to pro bono work, most recently successfully obtaining political asylum for his client and seven family members from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Prior to joining Maslon, Scott clerked for the Honorable Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks of the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2017 (North Star Lawyer is a designation that recognizes members who provide 50 hours or more of pro bono legal services in a calendar year.)
Recognized on Minnesota Rising Stars list as part of the Super Lawyers® selection process, 2016-2018 (Minnesota Rising Stars is a designation given to only 2.5 percent of Minnesota attorneys each year, based on a selection process that includes the recommendation of peers in the legal profession.)