John B. Scott

John B. Scott

Founding Partner


JBS Narrative Biography

JBS Curriculum Vitae

John Scott first established his national reputation when he won a landmark victory as a plaintiff’s attorney in 1998 with an award of more than $28 million in an asbestos case, the largest jury verdict in such a case in United States history. That judgment was also among the largest judgments in the United States for that year, recognized by National Law Journal as one of the largest judgments of the year.

In 2001, John tried the first HMO case in Texas under the state’s Healthcare Liability Law. His victory on behalf of the defendant was recognized by the National Law Journal as the National Healthcare Verdict of the Year and the National Verdict Win of the Month.

In 2012, at the request of then-Attorney General Abbott, John became Deputy Attorney General of Civil Litigation for the Texas Office of the Attorney General. During that time, he spear-headed Attorney General Abbott’s efforts during the Ebola outbreak, the Texas City Oil Spill, the West Fertilizer Plant Explosion, the Apple/eBooks Antitrust Litigation, the American Airlines/US Airways Merger, and the Scott and White Healthcare/Baylor Healthcare System Merger. In addition, John served as Chairman for the State of Texas Medicaid Fraud Task Force and as lead trial counsel for State of Texas in Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas Surgical Health Services v. AbbottVeasey v. Perry, and The University of Texas Law School investigation.

In December 2015, John took over as the Chief Operating Officer of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. In that capacity, he oversaw the operations at all of the Commission’s departments and its 56,000 employees. This included overhauling and stabilizing the commission at a critical time in its history. He had oversight responsibility for the operations at the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, the Department of Family and Protective Services, the Department of State Health Services, and the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services.

In January 2016, at the request of Governor Abbott, John took on the role as chairman of the Texas Department of Information Resources. In that capacity, he helped develop the strategic plan for Texas information resources. 

John has also handled cases at both Texas and United States Supreme Courts along with matters in the Second, Fifth and Seventh United States Courts of Appeals. In addition, John is licensed and has practiced in the United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas.

“I want to extend my sincerest gratitude to John Scott for his steadfast commitment and service to the State of Texas. While working in my administration as attorney general and throughout his tenure at HHSC, John consistently prioritized the needs of his fellow Texans above his own, and his dedication has made the Lone Star State an even better place to call home. I thank him for his service and wish him the best of luck in all future endeavors.”

-Governor Greg Abbott, Texas

“The impact of John’s sound assistance, advice, and counsel cannot be overstated. He brought with him to the HHS system the legal acumen and the commitment to excellence necessary to affect immediate change during one of the most difficult periods for any state agency in recent memory. He is a dedicated public servant, he is a friend, and he will be missed.”

-Chris Traylor

Former Commissioner, Texas Health and Human Services

“During my time as Governor, John has played a critical role at both the Health and Human Services Commission and the Department of Information Resources, proving to be a dedicated public servant. Texas has benefited from his commitment to improving our state…”​

-Governor Greg Abbott, Texas

“This is a team of all stars. John is one of the smartest and most respected people in state government.”

-Kyle Janek

Former Commissioner, Texas Health and Human Services

“John Scott, who has served in the role since January, was credited as the ‘chief architect’ of the agency’s revamping of its internal ethics and contracting reform policy in the wake of a no-bid scandal that cost its director his job.”

-Austin-American Statesman

Notable Experience 
The University of Texas Law School Investigation
April 2013 West Fertilizer Explosion
Texas Medicaid Fraud Dental Task Force
Apple E-Book Litigation
March 2014 Texas City Oil Spill
Voter Identification case for the State of Texas
2014 Ebola Outbreak
Texas DIR Strategic Plan

With the nations eyes focused on Amarillo, Texas and the civil trial of the decade involving Oprah Winfrey, CNN and Fox News turned to Scott for his legal opinion on both the trial and potential outcome. Scott’s prediction proved prophetic. When Bill O’Reilly asked Scott for his thoughts on who would be victorious in the trial, Scott’s prediction of Winfrey’s win proved to be correct. 

Scott has also appeared on NBC Nightly News, the New York Times, PBS, Dallas Morning News, the National Law JournalTexas Lawyer, Associated Press ​and numerous other state news shows and newspapers.