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Scott S. Nixon

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Scott S. Nixon

Partner
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Biography

Scott S. Nixon is a Partner in the firm’s Denver office. He has four decades of legal experience and concentrates his practice on medical malpractice defense and other health care litigation.

Scott defends physicians, surgeons, nurses, managed care and HMO groups, hospitals, health care systems, physician groups, and other health care professionals in complex high-exposure cases such as catastrophic injury, misdiagnosis, wrongful diagnosis, birth trauma, unexpected surgical outcomes and wrongful death. He represents numerous correctional facilities and governments in civil rights, malpractice, injury and liability claims.

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Scott also has extensive experience in representing dentists, oral surgeons, periodontists, prosthodontists, orthodontists and dental hygienists in a wide range of malpractice, liability and injury litigation.

Scott is designated as Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Colorado on an ad hoc basis. He was elected as a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2022, and is an invited member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) in the Colorado chapter.

Before joining HBS, Scott was a founder and owner of a regional law firm in Denver bearing his name, Nixon Shefrin Ogburn Drew, P.C., and traces his roots back to 1982 when he was a law clerk at a predecessor firm. He helped grow Nixon Shefrin into one of the leading litigation defense firms in Denver before combining with Hall Booth Smith.

Scott earned his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Denver College of Law, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Michigan State University.

Service Specific Experience

Scott has nearly 40 years of legal experience, and specializes in medical malpractice defense and other litigation related to health care, dental and correctional health care. He represents hospitals, health care systems, insurers, physicians, dentists and other health care professionals in a wide range of malpractice and liability lawsuits such as birth trauma, wrongful death and catastrophic injury.

Credentials

ADMITTED

State Courts:

  • Colorado
    • Designated as Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Colorado on an ad hoc basis.

U.S. District courts:

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

U.S. Courts of Appeals:

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
EDUCATION
  • J.D., University of Denver
  • B.B.A., Michigan State University

Memberships

  • American Board of Trial Advocates, 2016-2023
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, 2022-2023
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Colorado Defense Lawyers Association
  • Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountain, Board of Directors
  • Mark K. Ulmer Memorial Native American Scholarship Foundation, Board of Directors

Recognition

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • The Best Lawyers in America® – Medical Malpractice Law, Best Lawyers®, 2022-2023
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated™, Martindale-Hubbell, 1994-2023
  • Top Lawyer, 5280 Magazine, 2016-2023
  • Colorado Super Lawyer – Medical Malpractice, Super Lawyers®, 2007-2023
  • Professionalism Award, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, 2019
  • Barrister’s Best Medical Malpractice Defense Lawyer, Colorado Law Week, 2020

Presentations

Scott is often invited to give lectures, educational courses, panel discussions, and other presentations to other attorneys, health care professionals, and medical students related to medical and legal liability and risk management. Recent presentations are below.

  • Med Mal Expert Witness Issue Review: Update and Tips
    2023 CDLA Summer Conference; July 25, 2023
  • Taking Back the Defense
    National Pediatric Risk Managers Meeting; March 2, 2023

Publications

  • Holley vs. Huang
    284 P.3d 81 (Colo. App. 2011)
  • Villalpando vs. Denver Health & Hosp. Auth.
    181 P.3d 357 (Colo. App. 2007)
  • Self vs. Crum
    439 F.3d 1227 (10th Cir. 2006), cert. denied, 127 S.Ct. 131
  • Vigil vs. Colorado Dept. of Higher Ed.
    Univ. of Colo. Health Sciences Center, 1999 U.S. App. LEXIS 13641
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  • Holley vs. Huang
    284 P.3d 81 (Colo. App. 2011)
  • Villalpando vs. Denver Health & Hosp. Auth.
    181 P.3d 357 (Colo. App. 2007)
  • Self vs. Crum
    439 F.3d 1227 (10th Cir. 2006), cert. denied, 127 S.Ct. 131
  • Vigil vs. Colorado Dept. of Higher Ed.
    Univ. of Colo. Health Sciences Center, 1999 U.S. App. LEXIS 13641

In the Press

55 Hall Booth Smith Lawyers Recognized as 2024 Best Lawyers® Award Recipients

Hall Booth Smith is pleased to announce that 55 lawyers have been included in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. “For more than 40 years, the rigorous methodology of Best Lawyers® has ensured the
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5 Colorado HBS Attorneys Honored in the 2023 Super Lawyers Magazine

DENVER, COLORADO – March 8, 2023 – HBS is honored to celebrate the talent of Christine A. Craigmile, Elizabeth C. Moran, Scott S. Nixon, Catherine O’Brien Crum, and Bradley N. Shefrin as they have been recognized on the 2023 Super Lawyers list. Christine A. Craigmile Christine was honored for her work in personal injury medical
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Three Partners Named to 5280 Magazine’s Denver’s Top Lawyers 2023 List

Hall Booth Smith Partners Bradley Shefrin, Christine Craigmile, and Scott S. Nixon were recognized by 5280 Magazine in its annual list of  Denver’s Top Lawyers for 2023, which lists the area’s most respected attorneys. Shefrin was recognized for his work in construction defect litigation, while Craigmile and Nixon were recognized for their defense work in
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Hall Booth Smith Attorneys Honored by The Best Lawyers In America 2023

Hall Booth Smith, P.C. (HBS) is pleased to announce 47 lawyers from the firm were honored in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. This award is based on an evaluation process that includes a collection of client and lawyer evaluations and peer reviews from attorneys in the same field. These HBS attorneys
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