Our Services: Scott Douglass & McConnico is a firm of seasoned trial lawyers who regularly handle trials, hearings and appeals. We seek the most strategic and cost-effective solution to our clients' problems, whether it is a contract dispute, a professional malpractice claim, a tax dispute or an oil & gas regulatory issue. We pride ourselves on speedy resolution of cases. Our attorneys' vast courtroom experiences separate us from other firms, as does our nationally recognized appellate practice. We also have one of the largest administrative law practices in the state, in cases before with the Texas Railroad Commission, the Texas Comptroller's Office and the Texas General Land Office. We practice before many other state and federal regulatory agencies, as well.
Our Clients: Our primary mission is to serve as our clients' advocates and to protect their interests. We represent a wide range of clients from a variety of industries in civil lawsuits and administrative proceedings. Our firm works with clients in many industries including energy, oil & gas, technology, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, retail and real estate, as well as professional services providers such as accountants, physicians and attorneys . We represent family-owned businesses and huge multi-national public companies.
Our Heritage: Wally Scott and Frank Douglass founded our firm in 1976 based on the principles of honesty, attention to detail and exceptional client service. Scott Douglass & McConnico began as an oil and gas firm and our roots run deep in this industry. The firm's expertise in both litigation and regulatory law empowered the growth of our civil litigation, appellate, employment and tax practices. Our 40+ attorneys today strive to stay true to the firm culture and style of practicing law that our esteemed founders established.
Wallace H. Scott, Jr., (1920 – 2005) practiced oil and gas law from 1949 until his death in 2005. A 1948 graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, Wally was hired as the first attorney in the Oil and Gas Division of the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) where he served as a hearings examiner. As a solo practitioner from 1950-1976, and then as a co-founder of this law firm, Wally represented most of Texas' successful independent producers. He appeared in thousands of cases at the RRC, many of which affected or established key legal issues in oil and gas regulatory law. Wally's cross-examination skills were legendary and surpassed only by his storytelling. One of the most colorful, larger than life personalities ever to obtain a law license, Wally's humor and wit were cornerstones for the firm's special atmosphere.
As a captain of the 1941 University of Texas football team, Wally remained a dedicated Longhorn. He served on the Men's Athletic Council from 1962-1984, and was a co-founder of the Longhorn Club (predecessor of the Longhorn Foundation). In 1977, Wally was inducted into the Longhorn Hall of Honor and in 1998 into the Texas High School Hall of Fame. His career and achievements were honored in 1991 by the establishment of the Wally Scott Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Law at the University.
Frank Douglass (1933 – 2007) graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1958, and joined Powell, Rauhut, McGinnis and Reavley (later known as McGinnis, Lochridge & Kilgore). In 1976, Frank teamed with Wally Scott to form Scott & Douglass. Frank championed the State Bar's creation of a board certified specialty in oil, gas and mineral law and became certified in that specialty and in Civil Trial Law. Many of the cases he tried and argued reached the Supreme Court of Texas and became important parts of the state's oil and gas law. In 2006, Frank received the first Ernest Smith Award for Lifetime Achievement in Energy Law from the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas & Energy Law and the Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Energy Litigation Award by the Institute for Energy Law at the Center for American and International Law.
Among his many positions and honors, he was a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and a Founding Master of the American Inns of Court (Austin Chapter). He served as an important leader of both the State Bar and the American Bar Association's committees on oil & gas, mineral & environmental law.
Frank was among the first to commit his time and money to the Austin Bar project, now known as Volunteer Legal Services, which matches volunteer lawyers with clients unable to afford legal services. SDM lawyers still participate in VLS.