J. Scott Fanzini is a courtroom veteran who has practiced law since 1990. A native of Detroit, Michigan, he earned a four-year debate scholarship to Butler University in Indianapolis, where he competed nationally and earned numerous individual and team awards. Scott graduated from Butler University with a Bachelor of Science degree with Honors in Economics. Thereafter, he worked full time while he attended night school at the Indiana University School of Law.
During law school, Scott was an editor of the Indiana Law Review and a member of the Moot Court Society. He received several coveted academic prizes, including the Oherle Tax and Estate Planning Fellowship, the Dean’s Tutorial Society Real Property Fellowship, and the Indiana Bell Academic Prize given to the first-year student with the highest grade point average. In addition to clerkships for several prominent litigation firms during law school, Scott served as a law clerk for the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission, where he assisted with the investigation and preparation of attorney discipline matters. He also clerked for the Indianapolis Department of Metropolitan Development, where he assisted with the zoning enforcement actions.
“A client doesn’t need a cheerleader. A client needs a warrior.”
“I didn’t choose the law; the law chose me. I was groomed for the courtroom starting at a very early age.” After he graduated from law school in the top ten percent of his class, Scott immediately went to work in the courtroom. He has been the lead attorney on numerous high-exposure cases tried before a jury in both Michigan and Indiana. He has published and lectured in the areas of trial practice, professional liability, risk management, and taxation. Scott advises individuals and businesses involved in complex legal disputes, including in professional liability matters such as medical and legal malpractice, first- and third-party liability matters, catastrophic claims, business litigation, and appeals.
Scott spends his free time studying history, listening to music, observing current events, enjoying the outdoors, and plotting the conquest of his clients’ legal enemies. He appreciates Detroit’s world-class culture and architecture.