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Scott J. Wilkov

Scott Wilkov defends product manufacturers as both national and local counsel in coal mine dust, silica, asbestos, and other toxic exposure litigation.

As a veteran Air Force attorney, Scott has experience representing the government, companies, and individuals in high-stakes litigation around the country and overseas. Scott’s strategic insight and experience with complex cases has enabled him to be a principal architect of winning strategies for serial litigation defense. Scott’s knowledge of science is a key contribution in these cases as he identifies and develops the most appropriate experts to advance the theories of the defense. He is a skilled advocate and has developed insightful plans for motion practice to streamline the issues at trial. Scott not only tries cases – he knows how to efficiently manage a busy docket and local counsel around the country.

Prior to entering private practice, Scott was the senior Air Force prosecutor for the Western United States. Through that assignment and more than a decade of military service, Scott tried approximately 100 criminal cases. He was both a prosecutor and public defender in the military, serving as lead counsel on cases as diverse as murder, False Claims Act violations, fraudulent conversion of government property, child sexual abuse, and computer crimes.

True to his roots, Scott is accredited by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for his pro bono work to advance claims for disability benefits on behalf of injured service members.

Outside of work, Scott enjoys spending time with his family. A transplant to Northeast Ohio, Scott has become an avid supporter of Cleveland’s professional sports teams; as a result of this often frustrating experience, he works tirelessly to instill the values of good sportsmanship in his daughters.

University of Arizona College of Law (J.D., 1992); Arizona Law Review, Managing Editor
American University (B.A., 1989); Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society
State Admissions
Ohio, 2004
Illinois, 1992
Federal Admissions
United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
Service Areas
Mass Tort & Product Liability
White Collar Criminal Defense & Corporate Investigations
Life Sciences Litigation
Industries Represented
Electrical Equipment
Medical Professionals (Doctors & Nurses)
National Security
Pharmaceutical & Medicine
Plastics & Rubber
Safety Equipment
Valve Manufacturers
  • Won motion to dismiss fraud and abuse of process claims against attorney. 2021.
  • Represented respirator manufacturer through summary judgment and appeal. 2019.
  • Post-trial motions and appellate brief in asbestos case. 2016.
  • Represented respiratory protection equipment manufacturer in products liability action for silicosis. Summary judgment and appeal, 2014.
  • Represented safety clothing manufacturer in products liability action for mesothelioma. Jury trial, 2012 (second chair).
  • Represented electrical control product manufacturer in products liability action for mesothelioma. Jury trial, 2011 (second chair).
  • Represented manufacturer of industrial respiratory protection equipment in products liability action for silicosis. 2011.
  • Represented United States Air Force in first degree murder prosecution at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Bench trial, May 2002 (first chair).
  • Represented United States Air Force in prosecuting first military physician for disobedience to orders at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. Jury trial, May 2001 (first chair).

Speaking Engagements

  • “Defeating a Products Claim Based on the Absence of a Safer Alternative Design,” IADC Webinar (December 2021)
  • “If I Could Turn Back Time: Winning on the Statute of Limitations,” IADC Midyear Meeting, Santa Barbara, California (February 2019)
  • “How to Get the Most Out of Your Mock Trial,” IADC Webinar (December 2018)
  • “How to Work With Counsel to Make Complex Information Understandable,” Expert Witness Training, SEAK 27th Annual National Conference, Clearwater Beach, Florida (May 2018)


  • International Association of Defense Counsel
    • Product Liability Committee, Vice Chair of Membership
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Military & Veterans Affairs Committee
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • The Temple Tifereth Israel Board of Trustees
    • Temple Membership Committee, Co-Chair
    • Temple Learning Council, Past Chair