Scott R. Bickford

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About Info

Scott Bickford, a principal of Martzell, Bickford & Centola, is a civil and criminal trial attorney whose practice is focused in representing the rights of injured workers and families in complex maritime cases, environmental contaminations, toxic exposures and in criminal proceedings.

When Scott is not a litigator, he is a teacher. He is an Associate Professor at Tulane Law School and the Co-Director of its Trial Advocacy program – a program devoted to teaching law students how to present cases in courts. He teaches at sessions of the Judicial College of Louisiana discussing the law and trial techniques with judges throughout the State. He is recognized by his peers with the highest of ratings and recognized by Super Lawyer in excellence in practice.

He has been trial counsel in cases involving nationwide class actions involving asbestos exposure and mesothelioma cases, benzene exposure, massive oil spills and major rig explosions, including the DEEPWATER HORIZON, where he sits on several discovery committees concerning the investigation of the matter as well as being a participant in the Joint Investigation Committee of the United States Coast Guard and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Review and Enforcement. He represents thousands of individuals in the New Orleans area for the breach of the MRGO levee. He has tried or settled multiple cases to verdicts in the Millions of Dollars.

Additionally Scott has represented various governmental and private landowners in environmental land damage cases and has litigated oil and gas royalty disputes and commercial oil and gas disputes. In addition to his civil practice Mr. Bickford maintains a criminal practice involving matters such as mail fraud, money laundering, sexual misconduct cases and a variety of other criminal matters.

Scott has represented multiple clients in election matters and in 1996 represented U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu in her election contest before the United States Senate. Recently he has represented the interest of New Orleans Mayor Mitchell Landrieu and several other Louisiana elected officials in their election races. In 2008 he represented the Louisiana Democratic Party in the “Protect the Vote” project.

Professional and civic activities: Board of Governors Louisiana Association of Justice; Louisiana Bar Association Committee on Profession; Member Greater Orleans Community Partnership Panel (Louisiana Bar Foundation); Assistant Bar Examiner, Louisiana Bar Association (1990 to Present); Adjunct instructor of Trial Advocacy, Tulane School of Law; Former Chair Project Lazarus; Master, St Thomas More Inn of Court; Former alumnus advisor Kappa Sigma Fraternity.

As mentioned above, Scott is also a frequent lecturer to law students, other lawyers and judges… He is also on the Board of Governors of the American Association of Justice an national organization of attorneys devoted to promoting a fair, accountable and balanced justice system where the court house doors are open to all. As a AAJ Board of Govoner he has coordinated nationwide moot court trial competitions among the country’s law schools and lobbied for laws which treat all litigants equally. .

Scott is a graduate of Tulane University and Tulane Law School. He was admitted to practice in 1983 in Louisiana and is also admitted to practice in Texas and Colorado.

Areas of Practice

  • Admiralty and Maritime Litigation
  • Asbestos Litigation
  • Criminal Litigation
  • Oil and Gas Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability Litigation
  • Toxic Tort

Litigation Percentage

  • 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1984
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1988
  • Texas, 1990
  • Colorado, 1992

Education

  • Tulane Law School, New Orleans, LA J.D.
  • Tulane University, New Orleans, LA B.A.

Scott Bickford, a principal of Martzell, Bickford & Centola, is a civil and criminal trial attorney whose practice is focused in representing the rights of injured workers and families in complex maritime cases, environmental contaminations, toxic exposures and in criminal proceedings.

When Scott is not a litigator, he is a teacher. He is an Associate Professor at Tulane Law School and the Co-Director of its Trial Advocacy program – a program devoted to teaching law students how to present cases in courts. He teaches at sessions of the Judicial College of Louisiana discussing the law and trial techniques with judges throughout the State. He is recognized by his peers with the highest of ratings and recognized by Super Lawyer in excellence in practice.

He has been trial counsel in cases involving nationwide class actions involving asbestos exposure and mesothelioma cases, benzene exposure, massive oil spills and major rig explosions, including the DEEPWATER HORIZON, where he sits on several discovery committees concerning the investigation of the matter as well as being a participant in the Joint Investigation Committee of the United States Coast Guard and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Review and Enforcement. He represents thousands of individuals in the New Orleans area for the breach of the MRGO levee. He has tried or settled multiple cases to verdicts in the Millions of Dollars.

Additionally Scott has represented various governmental and private landowners in environmental land damage cases and has litigated oil and gas royalty disputes and commercial oil and gas disputes. In addition to his civil practice Mr. Bickford maintains a criminal practice involving matters such as mail fraud, money laundering, sexual misconduct cases and a variety of other criminal matters.

Scott has represented multiple clients in election matters and in 1996 represented U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu in her election contest before the United States Senate. Recently he has represented the interest of New Orleans Mayor Mitchell Landrieu and several other Louisiana elected officials in their election races. In 2008 he represented the Louisiana Democratic Party in the “Protect the Vote” project.

Professional and civic activities: Board of Governors Louisiana Association of Justice; Louisiana Bar Association Committee on Profession; Member Greater Orleans Community Partnership Panel (Louisiana Bar Foundation); Assistant Bar Examiner, Louisiana Bar Association (1990 to Present); Adjunct instructor of Trial Advocacy, Tulane School of Law; Former Chair Project Lazarus; Master, St Thomas More Inn of Court; Former alumnus advisor Kappa Sigma Fraternity.

As mentioned above, Scott is also a frequent lecturer to law students, other lawyers and judges… He is also on the Board of Governors of the American Association of Justice an national organization of attorneys devoted to promoting a fair, accountable and balanced justice system where the court house doors are open to all. As a AAJ Board of Govoner he has coordinated nationwide moot court trial competitions among the country’s law schools and lobbied for laws which treat all litigants equally. .

Scott is a graduate of Tulane University and Tulane Law School. He was admitted to practice in 1983 in Louisiana and is also admitted to practice in Texas and Colorado.

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