Over 25 years of experience representing private and public companies, wealthy individuals and financial institutions: advising top management on all manner of legal and business issues, and planning, negotiating and executing acquisition, investment, commercial and other business transactions, many of them novel and highly complex.

Transactional work has included mergers and acquisitions of public and private companies, venture capital and other equity investments, aircraft leasing and financing, project financings, private placements, international transactions and sovereign debt trading.

Representative Transactions

Law Office of Scot J. Johnston, Seattle (September 2003 – present)

Solo practitioner

Dorsey & Whitney, Seattle (February 1999 – September 2003)

Partner. Seattle Office Technology Representative; Opinion Committee

Bogle & Gates, Seattle (August 1992 – February 1999)

Partner. Associate Review Committee; Technology Committee; Opinion Committee

Davis Polk & Wardwell, New York City (September 1984 – June 1992)



Seattle Tennis Club

President (2004-06), Member of Board of Trustees (1998-2008), Treasurer, Chair of: Finance Committee, Strategic Planning and Policy Committee, Technology and Communications Committee and others

Crystal Mountain Alpine Club

Member of Board of Directors (2006-2010), Governance Committee Chair


Harvard Law School, J.D. cum laude 1984

Chairman, Lincoln’s Inn Society.

Editor, Harvard Computer-Aided Legal Instruction Project

Yale University, B.A. magna cum laude with Distinction in the History Major 1981

Legislative Intern, Senator Lowell Weicker

Editor-in-Chief, The Yale Record, the nation’s oldest college humor magazine

Nominated for prize for best senior essay in History

Won prize for excellence in writing American Maritime History

Bellevue High School, Bellevue, Washington

Honors graduate, 1977


Member of New York Bar and Washington State Bar Association

Instructor and panel participant for continuing legal education seminars