Ward Scott is an American commercial lawyer, based in Kabul, Afghanistan. Mr. Scott is founder and President of Scott Advocates PLLC, a New Hampshire, USA law firm with offices in New Hampshire, USA and Kabul Afghanistan and correspondent offices in Washington, DC, and globally. The Firm serves as legal counsel to US-friendly and Allied diplomatic missions, NGOs, and private firms in the development, defense, energy and aviation sectors, across a wide array of commercial and compliance matters. The firm also assists Western law firms engaged in, or contemplating litigation touching upon Afghanistan or other conflict/post-conflict areas, as well as performing outside investigations concerning critical incidents and other matters in such areas.
Mr. Scott is a member of the Steering Committee of the Overseas Security Advisory Council – Afghanistan Country Council based at the American Embassy, Kabul. He served as Chairman from 2012-2015, and as Chairman of the APPF/PD-62 Subcommittee, 2011-12.
Prior to founding the law practice in 2011, Mr. Scott served as Senior Advisor for Parliamentary Affairs (2010) to two Ministers of Interior Affairs, H.E. Hanif Atmar, currently President Ghani’s National Security Advisor, and H.E. Gen Bismullah Khan Mohammadi. A retired US Marine Colonel, Mr. Scott commanded the 201st Corps Advisory Group, consisting of 300 Allied advisors operating throughout ten provinces, and as military advisor to the then-Corps Commander, General Mohammed Munir Mangal (later the Deputy Minister for Security, Ministry of Interior Affairs) from 2005-6.
Mr. Scott is an active member of the New Hampshire (USA), American and International Bar Associations and a frequent presenter (and active member) of the American Bar Association’s Battlespace and Contingency Contracting Committee of the Section on Public Contract Law. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the American NGO, Iraqi Children’s Foundation.