University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., 1982, Summa Cum Laude
 - Order of the Coif 
 - Phi Kappa Phi

Harvard University, B.A., 1975, Magna Cum Laude

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
  • U.S. Tax Court


  • Honorable William H. Rehnquist, United States Supreme Court
  • Honorable Edward A. Tamm, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia


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Scott Knudson is a member of the Business Litigation section and Appellate Practice Group. Scott practices principally in the areas of:

  • Business Litigation
  • Appellate practice
  • Environmental
  • Transportation
  • Banking law
  • Bond defaults and litigation

While in law school, Scott was a research editor for the Minnesota Law Review.

Prior to joining Briggs, Scott practiced with the firm of Latham and Watkins in its Washington, D.C. office. 

Honors & Awards

  • Super Lawyer, Minnesota Super Lawyers
  • Attorney of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer, 2017


  • In re Petition for Instructions to Construe Basic Resolution 876 of the Port Authority of the City of Saint Paul - Dispute between issuer of industrial development revenue bonds and holders of those bonds.
  • Lundeen v. Canadian Pacific Railway Co. (toxic torts, federal preemption)
  • Nixon v. Missouri Municipal League, 541 U.S. 125 (amicus representation)
  • Plains Commerce Bank v. Long Family Land & Cattle Co., Inc. (amicus representation - tribal law)
  • Responsible Governance for Roseville v. City of Roseville (defend challenge to bond issue)
  • Breach of trust action against corporate trust department of bank.
  • Conducted statutory and regulatory analysis to assist in drafting contract regarding use of railroad tracks by state commuter trains.
  • Defended railroad against dozens of personal injury and property damage claims arising out of fuel spillage (multi-week trial ending in a defense verdict)
  • Represented farmers and ranchers who were denied due process in the issuance of an order by a state agency denying them the exercise of their water rights to irrigate their crops and water their livestock.
  • Represented a national retailer of music instruments with information technology needs in marketing, enterprise resource planning, big data analytics, inventory management, back office services and other services.
  • Represented private school in matter concerning defamation and anonymous Internet speech.
  • Represented long-distance company in state commission complaint proceeding against company not properly certificated by state commission.
  • Represented a long-distance company in obtaining an injunction for a tribal court from adjudicating a Tribal Telephone Company's collection action.
  • Defended thousands of claims and numerous trials stemming out of a North Dakota derailment.
  • Successful representation of trustee in a fee dispute. After trial by court, the Court of Appeals affirmed district court award of approximately $8 million in trustee fees.

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association, Member

Minnesota State Bar Association, Member

Ramsey County Bar Association, Member

Federal Bar Association, Minnesota Chapter  (Former Board of Directors)

Minnesota Landmarks

  • Chair
  • Board of Directors
  • Executive and Finance Committees

Northern Star Council of Boy Scouts of America

  • Board of Directors

District of Columbia Bar Association, Member

St. Paul School Board, Co-Chair (3 years); Citizens' Advisory Budget and Finance Committee