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Scott White

Attorney Profile

Top Rated General Litigation Attorney in Lexington, KY

Carman & Fullerton, PLLC
111 Church St
Lexington, KY 40507
Phone: 859-535-0096
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2022
Licensed in Kentucky Since: 1986
Practice Areas: General Litigation (30%), Criminal Defense (30%), Civil Rights (20%), Appellate (10%), Constitutional Law (10%)
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Attorney Profile

Of counsel at Carman Fullerton, Scott White has a varied practice that encompasses general civil litigation, criminal defense, election law, cannabis and hemp law, and civil rights. Located in Lexington, he represents clients throughout Kentucky. Admitted to practice in Kentucky, West Virginia and North Carolina, he is also admitted to practice before several federal trial and appellate courts, including the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 4th and 6th Circuits, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Mr. White has handled several high-profile trials during his distinguished career, including having served as lead counsel in a lawsuit brought by Kentucky and several other jurisdictions against cigarette manufacturers that resulted in the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement worth billions of dollars. His cases have also included a settlement against a public school involving an assault on a student by a teacher. Litigation involving police brutality and excessive force. Mr. White's criminal defense experience has included a political corruption case brought under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, which resulted in a reversal on appeal. He also works with political and judicial candidates as well as with parties on election law matters, and his state and federal constitutional law experience has encompassed voting rights and Section 1983 deprivation of rights claims. He recently became invollved representing a hemp growers group both in litigation and advising them on regulatory and legal issues.

Mr. White has received significant recognition from his colleagues for the high quality of his work and superb ethics, including an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell. He has also been selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America. In addition to his law firm experience, he served as an assistant deputy attorney general with the Office of the Kentucky Attorney General between 1996 and 2003. Mr. White obtained his legal education at the University of Kentucky College of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1986.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 30%General Litigation
  • 30%Criminal Defense
  • 20%Civil Rights
  • 10%Appellate
  • 10%Constitutional Law
Focus Areas

Litigation, Criminal Law, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Appeals


7 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2022

About Scott White

First Admitted: 1986, Kentucky

Professional Webpage:


  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Distinguished Service Award, Office of the Attorney General, 2003
  • Outstanding Service to the Commonwealth Award, Office of Attorney General (KY), Commonwealth of Kentucky, 2003
  • Gavel Award, Lexington-Fayette County Board of Health, 2015
  • Kentucky SuperLawyers
  • Member, Litigation Counsel of America, 2014
  • Litigation, Best Lawyers in America, 2017
  • Service to the members of the Bar on the KyLAP Commission and Bar Task Force for creating the KyLAP Commission, Trusted Servant Award, Kentucky Bar Association, 2009
  • AV-Preeminent rated, AV-Preeminent rated, Martindale-Hubbell, 2011
  • Master member, Bluegrass Inn of Court, 2014
  • Exemplary and long standing service to the Bar via the KyLAP, Robert Houlihan Award, Ky Bar Association, 2014
  • Top 10 Family Law Lawyer in Kentucky, National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, 2016

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Primary source was extensive interviews of former Kentucky US Senator John Sherman Cooper (R-Ky, deceased) regarding the efforts of the Kennedy-Johnson administration to ramp up involvement in Viet Nam Conflict as a result of an incident in the Gulf of Tonkin which led to passage of a resolution expanding scope of executive powers., Author, The Tricked Senate: The passage of the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, University of Kentucky, 1980

Educational Background

  • University of Kentucky College of Law, class representative to Student Bas Association all three years, 1986
  • Trinity College, Dublin (IRE), study abroad, 1981
  • University of Kentucky, B.A., English and History, cum laude, 1982

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Kentucky, 1994
  • Member, Kentucky Bar Association
  • Member, Fayette County Bar Association
  • North Carolina, 1986
  • West Virginia, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Western and Middle Districts of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • Commissioner, Ky Lawyers Assistance Program, 2005
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Assistant Deputy Attorney General/Director, Civil Litigation, for Commonwealth of Kentucky, 1996
  • Governor's Task Force on Early Childhood Development, 1999
  • University of Kentucky College of Law, Dean's Alumni Advisory Council, 2003
  • Leadership Kentucky, 2008
  • General Counsel to Kentucky Board of Elections, 1997
  • Kentucky Supreme Court Civil Rules Committee, 1996
  • Central Kentucky Inns of Court, Master, 2013

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Pro bono service to the Ky Children's Law Center and the Southern Poverty Law Center in ongoing complex litigation, 2009
  • Chrysalis House of Lexington, 1998
  • Board member, Living Arts and Sciences Center of Lexington, 1998
  • Rotary Club, Lexington, KY, 2012
  • Board member, Institute for Compassion in Justice. Provides resources and services to children and teens at risk or already involved in the Juvenile Criminal Justice system., 2016
  • Elder, Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church, 1996
  • Chair, Lexington-Fayette County Board of Public Health, 2011
  • Tates Creek Presbyterian Church (PCA), member, 2014
  • Volunteer pro bono lawyer for the Fayette County Bar Association's divorce and domestic violence logging in excess of 50 hours each year, 2003
  • Elder member to Committee on Ministry, Presbytery of Transylvania, 1998
  • Member, Fayette County Democratic Party, Executive Committee, 2003
  • Community Columnist, Lexington Herald-Leader (daily paper), 2004


  • Successfully obtained jury verdict in favor of a Puerto Rican bank in a rural Kentucky jurisdiction on a reverse mortgage in which local heirs claimed the borrower was incompetent at time the mortgage was executed, 2017
  • Represent two persons of Latin origin who were victims of excessive force and mistaken identity. Settled with City & State Police and Bank at which event took place., 2021
  • Represented group of hemp growers in arbitration converted to adversary proceeding when CBD producer filed Chapter 11 in successful resolution of price of hemp sold in a breach of contract action., 2019
  • Verdict on behalf of Kentucky Justice Cabinet against County Judge Association, including successful appeal, involving challenge to financial responsibility for housing state prisoners., 2010
  • Represented elected public official who was a named target of a federal investigation for alleged corruption issues. Following a year long investigation, the prosecutor decided against seeking charges., 2016
  • Representation of State Park in preventing mineral rights holder from drilling natural gas wells in sensitive environmental area. Breaks Interstate Park v Blue Flame, 2003
  • Successfully litigated charitable trust claim against Anthem Insurance Company regarding conversion of non-profit BCBS of Kentucky to a mutual. $45 million dollar settlement funded the new Foundation for A Healthy Kentucky which exists to fund grants designed to enhance the health and access to care for Kentuckians., 2000
  • Litigated successfully the unconstitutionality of the Kentucky State legislative apportionment plan, 2012
  • Nine week trial of federal RICO/Money Laundering prosecution regarding political corruption. US v. Jones, 2010
  • Counsel to Alison Grimes for US Senate which included a variety of election and campaign related actions, 2014
  • Plea agreement in federal court of major wholesaler converted to a cooperating witness regarding violations of various federal laws regarding sales of cigarettes and tax stamps. , 2008
  • Successfully defended an obstetrics practice from being shut down as an abortion clinic raising constitutional grounds, 2016
  • Engaged by Covington, KY, to investigate and report on allegations of misconduct in the Code Enforcement Department, 2017
  • Negotiated plea in Federal Court of notorious child pornographer that lead to substantial cooperation in convicting other targets, and developing training tools for parents and state prosecutors., 2007
  • Litigated constitutional challenge to law permitting dry-wet ballot initiatives in counties in which alcohol sales were illegal brought by Temperance League of Kentucky., 2001
  • General counsel to the Kentucky Board of Elections generally, and also in developing and lobbying passage of complex legislation to implement the federal Help America Vote Act., 1997
  • Settlement of complex property tax issue between large bank and Commonwealth of Kentucky, 2010
  • Kentucky Representative on Presidential Commission on African-American Church Burnings, 1996
  • Negotiation of cigarette excise tax stamp claims on behalf of wholesaler trade association and Kentucky Revenue Department, 2007
  • Represented several commercial pilots based in Kentucky charged with felony tax evasion based on false claim of domicile all of which were successfully resolved with no convictions., 2014
  • Successful settlement on behalf of historic African-American church arising from foreclosure by commercial lender in which church asserted a lender liability counterclaim., 2017
  • Action against University of Louisville Athletic Association and head football coach regarding breach of promise to a student-athlete during recruitment. Holifield v Petrino., 2005
  • Out of state representation of an elected public official who was investigated for alleged child sex crimes by statewide criminal investigation agency. Prosecutor presented to the grand jury seeking multi-count indictment. Obtained prosecutor's agreement for defense to present witnesses to the grand jury. After two days of grand jury testimony, the grand jury chose not to return a true bill (no indictment was made) which fully exonerated my client., 2017
  • Represented Attorney General in forcing public disclosure of economic incentive agreements between Commonwealth and private corporations., 2002
  • Appointed by Governor and Attorney General to be lead Kentucky negotiator in 47 state action against cigarette manufacturers for Medicaid fraud resulting in 250+ billion dollar settlement. My primary responsibility on the multi-state negotiating team was to negotiate an ancillary deal to siphon dollars to tobacco farmers impacted by the master settlement agreement. This directly led to 1.5 billion dollars paid to Kentucky farmers and communities over a 10 year period., 1998
  • Litigated successfully bona fide candidacy of a judicial candidate which allowed him to be on the ballot, 2014
  • Represented umbrella neighborhood association group in a Federal Clean Water Act case brought against City of Lexington by citizens lobby group which resulted in a $12MM favorable settlement mandating abatement of public health violations involving sewer and sanitary sewer systems., 2008
  • Counsel to Ben Chandler for US Congress which included variety of election and campaign actions, 2006

Representative Clients

  • Counsel to Charles Booker for US Senate campaign focused on absentee voting issues and emergency regulation on pandemic impact, 2020
  • Sun West Mortgage Company (Puerto Rico), 2017
  • Fayette and Kentucky Democratic Party
  • Imani Missionary Baptist Church, 2016
  • Chandler for Congress
  • Consultation to Republican interest-advocacy groups on campaign finance, 2011
  • City of Covington, Kentucky, 2017
  • Commonwealth of Kentucky - Justice Cabinet and Transportation Cabinet
  • Allison Grimes for US Senate, 2014
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Office Location for Scott White

111 Church St
Lexington, KY 40507

Phone: 859-535-0096

Last Updated: 10/16/2021

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