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Scott Shail


Scott Shail joined Charlatan Magazine in 2009 as a Legal Coorespondent.

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Raised along the historic Hudson River Valley in upstate New York, Scott Shail was immersed in the multi-cultural arrhythmia of music traditions and today listens to everything from Led Zeppelin to Bob Marley, Stone Temple Pilots and Tupac Shakur. Additionally, he spent time with his Mother, Aunt and Grandmother in their respective kitchens taking mental notes on how and why the best families are built around the traditions of the American Dinner-table. At the age of twelve, however, Scott and his family relocated to Raleigh-Durham where he spent his teenage years evolving into a Neo-Southerner. Enrolling in Appalachian State University in Boone, named after the American Pioneer Daniel Boone, it was here in the Blue Ridge Mountains that Scott developed a love for Outdoor Recreation, Downhill Skiing and Sky Diving.

After commencing from college, Scott spent three years as a Juvenile Counselor and advocate after-which deciding to take the ‘legal plunge’ and enrolling in the University of Baltimore School of Law. Graduating with honors, he was chosen to clerk for a Federal Bankruptcy Judge in Washington DC, and thereafter assumed the position of Associate Attorney with the prestigious Hogan Lovells: An International Law Firm.

Wishing to raise his young family in his native South, Scott accepted an In-House Counsel position with Wachovia Corporation: a once thriving commercial bank churning out record profits. But with the 2008 Economic downturn, he witnessed the failure of Wachovia first-hand from the front row of the legal division. After the bank’s acquisition by Wells Fargo, Scott transitioned with the new company until 2010 when he was tapped to return to private practice as a partner with Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein in Charlotte. This father-of-three is guided by the belief that—in matters personal and professional—the individual is master of and responsible to its own destiny, fate and soul.

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