Acevedo Scott PLLC

Carlos A. Acevedo Scott, Founder

Our founder, Carlos A. Acevedo Scott was born in Washington, D.C. on August 7, 1968. He obtained his law degree from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia, in 1992, where he was a founding member of the Xavier Forum of Jurisprudence and Legal Doctrine.  Mr. Acevedo Scott next attended American University's Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C., where he received a Master of Laws degree in International Legal Studies in 1995.  Since 1992, Mr. Acevedo Scott has been admitted to practice law in the Republic of Colombia, a civil law jurisdiction. Mr. Acevedo Scott has been a member of the New York Bar since 1999, of the Florida Bar since 2012, and of the District of Columbia Bar since 2012.   He is also admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the Eastern District of New York and the Southern District of New York.

Beginning his career as a foreign associate of a Washington, D.C. law firm, Mr. Acevedo Scott specialized in handling high-value cases, as well as serving as a liaison to the hispanic community.

Before founding our firm, Mr. Acevedo Scott served as Commercial Secretary of the Embassy of Colombia in Washington, D.C. where he handled numerous trade matters for the Colombian government, with special emphasis on smuggling/money laundering, intellectual property rights, trade compliance, tuna-dolphin issues, as well as government procurement, safeguards, and antidumping issues. He also researched and advised Colombian authorities on legislative, administrative, and judicial developments affecting the trade and commercial interests of Colombia.  Mr. Acevedo Scott also served for many years as a partner in a prestigious south Florida litigation firm, handling the firm's landmark international cases.   

Very supportive of his alma mater, Mr. Acevedo Scott has served as Vice President of the American University LL.M. Alumni Association. He has authored many papers, including Narcotics De-certification: Legal Framework and Implications, SWAPS: A Solution for the Colombian Debt Problem? and The Past and Present of the Tuna-Dolphin Dispute. His most recent paper, Foreign Direct Investment in Colombia, has been published as part of a compendium of foreign direct investment law throughout the world. His recent conference and seminar presentations include Money Laundering and Free Trade Zones, Black Market Peso Exchange, Smuggling and Money Laundering, and Commodities-based Money-Laundering Systems.

Mr. Acevedo Scott speaks several languages, including English and Spanish, and is conversant in several others. Mr. Acevedo Scott founded Acevedo Scott PLLC in 2011 to focus on the international arena, serving as counsel to multiple foreign governments in civil litigation in the United States, as well as actively participating in several significant international cases. His training in economics, trade, civil law systems and international law, has given a unique perspective to his firm.