Scott L. Long

  • Partner


Des Moines, Iowa




Scott L. Long has over twenty-five years of civil and commercial litigation and trial experience. Scott has represented clients in state and federal courts, as well as in arbitration proceedings, in virtually every area of business-related litigation, including contract disputes, business torts, employment-related claims, partnership dissolutions, shareholder disputes, creditors' rights cases, real property disputes, intellectual property lawsuits, product liability claims and personal injury and wrongful death cases. Scott is originally from Mason City, Iowa and is a graduate of the University of Iowa (B.B.A. with Distinction, 1984) and the University of Michigan Law School (J.D. 1987). After graduating from law school, Scott practiced in Phoenix, Arizona for approximately ten years. Scott returned to Iowa in 1997 and has practiced in a law firm setting, as in-house counsel, and as a sole practitioner. Scott formed Long & Gilliam with James Gilliam in April of 2013. Scott has given a number of presentations and lectured on various substantive and procedural aspects of civil and commercial litigation to both lawyers and business professionals. Scott is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Iowa, as well as in the 6th, 8th and 9th Circuit Courts of Appeals.

Areas Of Practice

  • Commercial and Business Litigation 100%

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona, 1987
  • Iowa, 1997
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Iowa, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Iowa, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1994


  • The University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    • J.D. - 1987
  • University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
    • B.B.A. - 1984
    • Honors: With Distinction
    • Major: Economics

Representative Cases

  • Drexel Chemical Co. v. Albaugh, Inc., 489 Fed.App’x 63, 2012, 6th Cir.
  • Hammond v. Florida Asset Financing Corp., 695 N.W.2d 1, 2005, Iowa Supreme Court
  • DIRECTV v. Kaas, 294 F.Supp.2d 1044, 2003, N.D. Iowa
  • Central States Industrial Supply, Inc. v. McCullough, 279 F.Supp.2d 1005, 2003, N.D. Iowa
  • Central States Industrial Supply, Inc. v. McCullough, 218 F.Supp.2d 1186, 2002, N.D. Iowa
  • Conseco v. Wells Fargo Financial Leasing, 204 F.Supp.2d 1186, 2002, S.D. Iowa
  • Board of Trustees of Municipal Fire & Police Retirement Systems of Iowa v. City of West Des Moines, 587 N.W.2d 227, 1998, Iowa Supreme Court

Classes / Seminars

  • Employment Law - Litigation Trends, Brown Winick Client Seminar, 2009 to 2009
  • Electronic Discovery in Litigation, Brown Winick Client Seminar, 2007 to 2007
  • Enforcement of Arbitration Provisions, ISBA Corporate Counsel Section, 2005 to 2005
  • Litigation Related Provisions in Contracts, Brown Winick Client Seminar, 2005 to 2005

Honors And Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America - Commercial Litigation, 2013 - present
  • Excellence in Corporate Practice Award, American Corporate Counsel Association
  • Martindale Hubbell AV Rated

Professional Associations And Memberships

  • Iowa State Bar Association, Member, 1997 to Present
  • Polk County Bar Association, Member, 1997 to Present
  • Lincoln Inne, Member, 2011 to Present

Fraternities / Sororities

  • Beta Gamma Sigma
  • Phi Eta Sigma