J. Scott Humphrey

Mr. Humphrey has litigation, arbitration, and counseling experience involving a wide range of complex commercial contract disputes and business torts, including matters arising from breach of contract disputes, manufacturing and distribution issues, trade secret appropriation, fraud, insurance disputes, and various UCC issues. Mr. Humphrey currently serves as lead litigation counsel for a broad range of clients, including financial services companies, commercial and consumer product manufacturers, consulting firms, pharmaceutical companies, commercial product distributors, health care organizations, governmental entities, media firms, commercial transport companies, and insurance companies. His clients range from small business owners to Fortune 100 companies.

Mr. Humphrey is a member of the Trade Secrets, Computer Fraud & Non-Competes Practice Group, and currently serves on the group’s National Steering Committee. As a member of the Trade Secrets Group, Mr. Humphrey has successfully obtained and defeated temporary restraining orders, preliminary injunctions and permanent injunctions in jurisdictions throughout the United States and for clients involved in technology, securities and financial services, pharmaceuticals, transportation, electronics, health care, media talent, business consulting, insurance and consumer products. Some of the representative matters on which Mr. Humphrey has had primary or substantial responsibility include:

Represented Fortune 100 electronics manufacturer in enforcing non-competition agreement signed by its former Chief Financial Officer.
Represented commercial insurance carrier in defeating temporary restraining order brought against carrier by a competitor alleging employee raiding and misappropriation of trade secrets.
Defeated temporary restraining order brought by a former employer (commercial products manufacturer) against two employees who left to form a competing business.
Defeated temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction motion brought by former President of financial services Company.
Represented commercial products manufacturer in defeating temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction brought by competitor alleging misappropriation of trade secrets and employee raiding.
Successfully prosecuted preliminary injunction on behalf of health care company and against former employee who violated his non-competition agreement.
Represented Fortune 500 logistics company in litigation against former owners of an acquired company for corporate espionage, improper acquisition of computer software, and breach of non-competition agreements.
Represented financial institution before the National Association of Securities Dealers (now FINRA) in order to enforce non-solicitation and competition agreements signed by former employees.
Represented financial institution before FINRA arbitration panel regarding theft of confidential information by former employees.
Prosecuted preliminary injunction on behalf of pharmaceutical company and against former employee who violated non-competition agreements.
Defended manufacturing company against injunction brought by a competitor as a result of hiring competitor's former business leader.
Defended media organization against breach of restrictive covenant and employee raiding allegations.
Negotiated turnover of confidential information and subsequent restrictive covenant restrictions on behalf of food services client and against former employees who left company to begin competing business.
Counseled senior executives and high net worth individuals regarding non-competition, non-solicitation and other restrictive covenant provisions contained in various separation agreements.
Drafted restrictive covenant agreements for companies in the electronics, health care, financial services, insurance and manufacturing industries.

In addition to his trade secrets work, Mr. Humphrey’s practice is also focused on commercial and business related litigation involving complex commercial contract disputes and other business torts. Representative matters on which Mr. Humphrey has had primary or substantial responsibility include:

First chaired three jury trials, two of which resulted in not guilty verdicts for his clients. The third jury trial resulted in the court dismissing the claims made against Mr. Humphrey’s client at the conclusion of the other side’s case.
Represented clients at arbitrations involving various contract, construction, transportation, financial and corporate insurance disputes.
Successfully prosecuted a Directors and Officers Declaratory Judgment action on behalf of commercial insurance carrier.
Briefed and argued an insurance coverage dispute before the First District Appellate Court of Illinois.
Conducted discovery and evidence depositions in complex commercial contract and financial services disputes, insurance matters and other business litigation.
Defended consumer products supplier in RICO, consumer-fraud and alter-ego litigation.
Represented and advised national electronic and consumer product manufacturers and distributors in contract negotiations with other manufacturers, suppliers, distributors and sophisticated, high-end consumers.
Conducted discovery and pre-trial preparation, as well as briefed and argued summary judgment and discovery motions, for complex commercial contract matters, business disputes, and insurance claims.
Represented two Fortune 500 companies in shareholder derivative and securities fraud class actions.
Successfully prosecuted consumer product supplier’s breach of a manufacturing agreement before the American Arbitration Association.
Handled breach of consignment and supply agreements on behalf of an industrial manufacturing client.
Advised consumer product manufacturer in implementation of strategic plan to reduce mold liability.
Defended consumer product broker at trial against claims made by government and other corporate entities regarding spoliation of food products.
Argued enforceability of Arbitration provisions before Ohio Appellate Court.
Successfully prosecuted financial clearing firm before the National Futures Association.
Deposed and presented medical, educational, metallurgical, vocational, scientific, psychological, financial, insurance and economic experts in various commercial contract, business torts, and insurance disputes.

While attending law school, Mr. Humphrey clerked in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office. Under Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711, he conducted various felony bench trials while interning in the Night Narcotics Unit and Felony Trial Division.

Mr. Humphrey is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt. Using Lean Six Sigma and project management methodologies, our SeyfarthLean approach delivers increased value to our clients at a time of increased market pressures and competitive demands. Seyfarth’s commitment to delivering legal services in a new way—with an emphasis on value and continuous improvement—has been praised by the Association of Corporate Counsel as being "five years ahead of every other AmLaw 200 firm."

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Trade Secrets, 2) Computer Fraud & Non-Competes, 3) Securities & Financial Litigation, 4) Product Liability, 5) Insurance, 6) Commercial Litigation and 7) Commercial Class Action Defense
Law School John Marshall Law School (J.D., 1997)
Education Wittenberg University (B.A., 1993)
Bar Member / Association Illinois State Bar Association
Most recent firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP
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