Scott J. Kennelly

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Scott is an AV-Rated attorney who has been awarded board certification by the Florida Bar in the area of Business Litigation. In order to earn such certification, a lawyer must meet stringent experience requirements, pass a specialized test administered by the Florida Bar, and must complete continuing legal education classes in the field of specialization beyond that which is required to maintain standard Bar licensure. Each year since 2012, Scott has also been recognized by Florida Super Lawyers magazine as a “Rising Star” in Business Litigation and by Florida Trend Magazine as a “Legal Elite Up & Comer.”

He is a member of Rogers Towers’ Litigation Department and of the firm’s Banking and Financial Services Practice Group and Alcohol Industry Team. His practice is dedicated to representing business entities and individuals in complex litigation matters and other disputes in the areas of commercial litigation, business torts, real property, and civil trial practice.

As part of the Banking and Financial Services Practice Group, Scott focuses primarily on enforcement of creditor’s rights and defending lender liability actions, as well as representing investors in federal and state securities cases. He has particular experience serving banking industry clients which have acquired failed institutions from the FDIC.

The Alcohol Industry Team assists producers and retailers in the alcohol industry with such matters as obtaining and assigning liquor licenses, negotiating distribution contracts, and obtaining local government approval for production and sale. As a founder of Jacksonville’s downtown distillery, Manifest Distilling, Scott understands the legal challenges facing those in this growing industry.

When not practicing law, Scott enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, playing golf, and woodturning.

PREVIOUS PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Prior to joining Rogers Towers, Mr. Kennelly served as a law clerk to United States Circuit Judge Susan H. Black of the United States Eleventh Court of Appeals. During law school, Mr. Kennelly spent time as an intern with the United States Attorney’s Office.

Representative Matters

Education

  • University of Florida, B.S. in Public Relations, summa cum laude, 2004
  • University of Florida, B.A. in Political Science, cum laude, 2004
  • University of Florida Levin College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2008

Bar Association Memberships

  • The Florida Bar
  • Jacksonville Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association, Jacksonville Chapter

Legal Certifications

  • Board Certified in Business Litigation, The Florida Bar

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida

 

Awards and Distinctions

  • Florida Super Lawyers®, “Rising Star” (Business Litigation), 2012 – 2017
  • Florida Trend Magazine, “Legal Elite Up & Comer”, 2012-2016
  • Florida Trend Magazine, “Legal Elite” (Commercial Litigation), 2017
  • The Best Lawyers in America® (Commercial Litigation), 2018
  • Executive Notes & Comments Editor, Florida Law Review
  • Recipient, Book Awards in Business Organizations and Constitutional Law
  • Pro Bono Certificate, University of Florida College of Law
  • Florida Blue Key
  • Tau Epsilon Phi fraternity

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Barrister, Chester Bedell Inn of Court, 2015-Present
  • Panelist/ Speaker, Practicing with Professionalism (Florida Bar CLE Seminar), 2013-2015
  • Legal Mentor, Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce Get Smart! Program, 2012
  • Legal Mentor, KYN (startup accelerator program), 2013-2014
  • Member, JAXUSA Advisory Council, 2014-Present
  • Member, JAXUSA Business Development Committee, 2014-Present
  • Member, Florida Blue Key Jacksonville Alumni Board, 2014-Present
  • Committee Member, Local Rules Drafting Committee, Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists, 2014-Present
  • Board Member, The Risk Management Association (financial services industry group), 2014-2015
  • Elijah Craig Society, Whiskey Club, 2008-Present