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W. SCOTT HARKEY

Attorney & Managing Partner

W. SCOTT HARKEY

W. Scott Harkey is the managing partner of the Harkey Litigation law offices in North Carolina. Scott previously guided the Financial Crimes Unit as a special prosecutor from March 2013 until May 2021. Before his appointment as the Senior Financial Crimes Prosecutor, Scott defended civil cases at a law firm in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Scott has tried dozens of jury cases in North Carolina’s State and Federal Courts, securing favorable verdicts in multi-million-dollar disputes. He obtained his first multi-million-dollar judgment at the age of 28. Since 2013, Scott has tried more complex white-collar matters in North Carolina than any other lawyer.

Scott’s law practice focuses primarily on high stakes litigation. He represents businesses and individuals in State and Federal courts. In recent years, he has achieved favorable verdicts in some of the most notorious fraud cases in modern North Carolina history, including a $269.9 million contract fraud case, the UNC athlete agent scandal, and a multi-million-dollar Ponzi scheme. He is a North Carolina State Bar Board Certified Specialist in state criminal law.

As a former prosecutor and board-certified specialist, Scott has handled cases in over 60 North Carolina counties. He is a frequent lecturer and adviser on economic malfeasance issues such as fraud, financial privacy, public corruption and other white-collar matters. His cases have been featured in national publications including USA Today, Associated Press, ESPN, Seattle Times, Washington Post, Washington Times, Newsweek, CNN, and Adweek magazine.

MY PROMISE

My philosophy is to be fully engaged in the representation of my clients. I will communicate candidly, prepare thoroughly, and advocate zealously. This is my promise.

STANDING OUT

CONTACT

380 Knollwood Street, Suite 305
Winston-Salem, NC 27104
336-666-0899

SKILLS

  • Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, J.D.
    • Honors, Advanced Trial and Appellate Advocacy
  • North Carolina State University, B.A.
    • cum laude
  • United States District Court, M.D.N.C.
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Criminal Justice Section, Executive Committee
    • Criminal Justice Section, Council Member
    • White-Collar Task Force, Chair
  • North Carolina Bar Foundation
    • Civic Education and Engagement Committee
  • Forsyth County Bar Association
  • 18th Judicial District Bar Association
  • 21st Judicial District Bar Association
  • Chief Justice Joseph Branch Inn of Court
  • Forsyth County Business Lawyers Association

2013, International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators Task Force of the Year, Member.

2013, Investigation and Prosecution of Mortgage Fraud and Vacant Property Crime. National District Attorney’s Association. Charlotte, NC.

2013, Mortgage Fraud. National White Collar Crime Center & Bureau of Justice Assistance, United States Department of Justice.

2013, Advanced Highway Safety Training. ACADEMI Training Center. Moyock, NC.

2014, Financial Investigation Practical Skills. National White Collar Crime Center & Bureau of Justice Assistance, United States Department of Justice.

2014, Financial Records Examination and Analysis. National White Collar Crime Center & Bureau of Justice Assistance, United States Department of Justice.

2015, Identity Theft Investigations. National White Collar Crime Center & Bureau of Justice Assistance, United States Department of Justice.

2015, International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators Fraud Training. Myrtle Beach, SC.

2015, Prosecutor Faculty Development Certification (Train the Trainer). Georgia Prosecuting Attorneys Council. Atlanta, Georgia.

2018. Board Certified Specialist. State Criminal Law. North Carolina State Bar.

 

W. Scott Harkey, The Admissibility and Presentation of Business Records, NOW COMES THE STATE, September 2020, at 18.

W. Scott Harkey, Restitution: A Prosecutor’s Guide, NOW COMES THE STATE, January 2019, at 14.

W. Scott Harkey, Necessity of Live Testimony for Business Records Evidence, The White-Collar, Issue 5, June 2014.

W. Scott Harkey, Embezzlement by Insurance Agents, The White-Collar. Issue 3, October 2013.

Harkey, W., 2021. Accessing and Organizing Records in Elder Exploitation Cases. North Carolina Partnership to Address Adult Abuse Annual Meeting. Webinar. Raleigh, NC.

Harkey, W., 2021. Using 404(b) in Financial Crimes Cases. Raleigh, NC.

Harkey, W., 2021. Admissibility & Presentation of Business Records. Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys’ Advisory Council. Phoenix, AZ.

Harkey, W., 2020. CLE Webinar, Right to Financial Privacy for Investigators. Raleigh, NC.

Harkey, W., 2020. CLE Webinar, Right to Financial Privacy. Raleigh, NC.

Harkey, W., 2019. Elder Abuse Conference Panelist. Kitty Hawk, NC.

Harkey, W., 2018. Charging Decisions in Financial Crimes Cases. Raleigh, NC.

Harkey, W., 2018. White-Collar Prosecution. Campbell Law School. Raleigh, NC.

Harkey, W., 2017. Charging Decisions in Financial Crimes Cases. Concord, NC.

Harkey, W., 2017. Getting your Documents; North Carolina’s Financial Privacy Act. Concord, NC.

Harkey, W., 2016. Financial Privacy Act. Chapel Hill, NC.

Harkey, W., 2016. Asset Seizure in Elder Exploitation Cases. Raleigh, NC.

Harkey, W., 2016. Financial Crimes in North Carolina, NICB/SCINS Insurance Fraud Summit. Greenville, SC.

Harkey, W., 2015. Charge It – Financial Crimes. Raleigh, NC.

Harkey, W., 2015. Financial Crime in North Carolina, Summer Association Meeting. Pinehurst, NC.

Harkey, W., 2014. Charging Decisions in Financial Crimes Cases. Concord, NC.

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