Sean Scott is a partner in the Chicago office of Mayer Brown LLP and is a member of the firm's Restructuring, Bankruptcy & Insolvency practice. Sean has extensive experience in complex insolvency matters, including in-court bankruptcy proceedings and out-of-court restructurings and recapitalizations. Sean typically acts on behalf of administrative agents, lenders and lender syndicates and other significant stakeholders in all types of distressed scenarios. In the course of his practice, Sean also regularly advises lending and investor clients on structuring considerations in the areas of fund finance, securitization and trade receivables financing.

In peer ranking publications and other industry sources, Sean is frequently recognized as a standout in the restructuring field. Early in his career, Sean was named by Institutional Investor News as one of its ten “Rising Stars of Bankruptcy/Restructuring Law and Workouts” and was recognized by Law 360, a leading newswire for business lawyers, as one of its “10 bankruptcy lawyers under 40 to watch” among all practitioners nationwide. More recently, Chambers USA has noted that clients laud Sean for being “very focused” on “the best path to get the best results for us and our interests.”

Sean regularly represents individual institutional lenders and lender syndicates in all types of distressed situations. His recent or significant representations include:

  • the administrative agent for the first lien lenders in the Chapter 11 cases of Samson Resources Group and its affiliates;
  • the administrative agent and DIP facility agent in the Chapter 11 cases of Dune Energy Inc.;
  • the predecessors in title to Memorial Production Partners with respect to a $150 million dispute over a decommissioning trust relating to oil and gas operations offshore of the Port of Long Beach, California;
  • a prepetition lender and clearing bank in the Chapter 11 case of Sentinel Management Group, Inc.

Sean also frequently counsels corporate clients seeking to acquire or sell assets as part of the bankruptcy process. His notable representations in this regard include Carrington Capital Management, LLC, and Carrington Mortgage Services, LLC, in their $180 million acquisition of the mortgage loan servicing business of New Century Mortgage Corporation and Tenneco Automotive Operating Company, in its acquisition in the Delphi bankruptcy of certain assets and inventory.

Sean joined Mayer Brown in 2000.


  • Anglais


University of Notre Dame Law School, JD, magna cum laude

Articles Editor, Notre Dame Law Review

Washington University, BA, with College Honors

Phi Beta Kappa; Pi Sigma Alpha

Inscriptions au Barreau


  • Illinois


  • US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois


  • Mentor, Chicago Youth Centers, 2004 to date
  • Student Advisor, American Constitutional Law Program, Northside College Preparatory High School, 2003-2008
  • Member, Associate Board, American Cancer Society, Illinois Division, 2006-2007