Areas of Practice
  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., with honors, 1988, Campbell Award, Moot Court champion
  • University of Michigan Institute of Public Policy, Masters of Public Policy, 1987
  • University of Michigan, A.B. with honors, 1985
Judicial Clerkships
  • Hon. Zita L. Weinsheink, US District Court, District of Colorado, 1989-1990
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • US Supreme Court
  • US District Courts of the District of Columbia and Colorado
  • US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, First, Fourth, Sixth, Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuits

Scott A. Sinder

1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20036
TEL: +1 202 429 6289
FAX: +1 202 429 3902

Scott Sinder is a partner in Steptoe's Washington office and he is the co-chair of the firm’s Government Affairs & Public Policy Group.  Mr. Sinder also serves as the outside General Counsel for the Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers and for the CRE Finance Council.

Mr. Sinder is both a litigator and a legislative advocate.  Mr. Sinder actively represents trade associations and companies on a wide range of issues in state and federal trial and appellate courts, in state legislatures and Congress, and before regulatory agencies.  Current projects include legislative and regulatory work on a wide range of issues affecting insurance agents and brokers including post-enactment regulatory work related to the implementation of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act of 2010 and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform & Consumer Protection Act. 

Mr. Sinder also is an experienced commercial and public law litigator.  His work in these areas has included involvement in class action, antitrust, copyright, redistricting and other complex civil litigation cases, including serving as lead counsel in a series of successful constitutional challenges the Council asserted against state “countersignature” laws.  He is a member of the bars of the United States Supreme Court and of numerous United States district and appellate courts, as well as in the District of Columbia and Colorado.  Mr. Sinder received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1988, his M.P.P. from the University of Michigan Institute of Public Policy Studies in 1987 and his A.B. from the University of Michigan in 1984.

Representative Matters

  • Lead counsel on a series of Constitutional challenges brought by The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers against state insurance broker laws that discriminate against non-residents.  He recently achieved a significant victory in this six year legal battle in which the Ninth Circuit declared Nevada’s countersignature laws unconstitutional.
  • Lead counsel on behalf of a coalition of insurance agent trade associations in litigation against the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency over preemption determinations in the First, Fourth, and Sixth Circuits.
  • Lead counsel for a coalition of insurance agent associations in IIAA v. Hawke, a case in which the DC Circuit overturned an Office of the Comptroller of the Currency opinion granting national banks the incidental power to sell crop insurance.
  • Co-counsel for a coalition of insurance agent associations on the 1996 Supreme Court case Barnett Bank of Marion Co, N.A. v. Nelson.
  • Co-counsel for the Florida House of Representatives on the 1993 Supreme Court redistricting case Wetherall v. DeGrandy.


  • Chambers USA, Government: Government Relations (Nationwide), 2011-2017
  • Legal 500 US, Government: Government Relations, 2016-2017
  • General counsel for the Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers
  • General counsel for the Commercial Mortgage Securities Association
  • Served as the deputy general counsel for delegate Selection and other senior roles for the Kerry for President Campaign
  • Author of the Legal Ease column of Leader’s Edge magazine, a cutting-edge, award-winning publication on the insurance industry

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Professional Affiliations

  • General Counsel and Board Member, Foundation to Eradicate Duchennes, 2002-present