J. Scott Galloway
Of Counsel

J. Scott Galloway

Scott focuses his practice on fiduciary, ERISA, employee benefits, executive compensation, and investment law. He has substantial experience with respect to investment and management of pension and welfare plan assets, and the related prohibited transaction and conflicts of interest rules. Scott advises large and small employers with respect to the tax, Title I, Title IV, labor, and securities law issues involving pension, profit-sharing, 401(k), stock bonus, stock option, deferred compensation, and medical and other welfare benefit plans, as well as executive compensation planning.

Scott also has substantial experience advising tax-exempt entities, including credit unions, tribal governments and hospitals with respect to the unique issues presented by such organizations’ tax-qualified plans and executive compensation and severance arrangements.

Scott also has an interest in legal issues affecting recording artists and the music industry, and advises recording artists, labels, and public relations firms with respect to contractual and development matters.

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American Bar Association

  •  Taxation Section, Employee Benefits Committee, Member
  •  Labor and Employment Section, Member
  •  Corporation, Banking and Business Law Section, Member
  • Forum on Entertainment and Sports Law


Washington Nonprofit Handbook

Author, 2018 Edition

EEOC Issues New Rules for Employer Wellness Programs

Author, Foster Pepper News Alert, May 2016

Court Decision Puts Private Equity Funds at Risk for ERISA Liability of Portfolio Companies

Author, Foster Pepper News Alert, October 2013

Employers, Have You Prepared Your Retirement Plan Fee Disclosures?

Author, Foster Pepper News, August 2012

Employee Benefits Law

Contributing Author, (S. Sacher et al. ed. 1991)

Scienter As an Essential Element in an SEC Suit for Injunctive Relief

Author, Note, 8 U. Tol. L. Rev. 817, 1977



Is Your Employee Handbook Ready for Prime Time?

Speaker, Foster Pepper Client Briefing, April 2015

Tribal Employee Benefit Plans

Speaker, Tribal Employment Rights & Law: Sovereignty, Jurisdiction and Best Practices, July 2014

Improving Tribal Pension and Employee Benefit Plans

Speaker, Tribal Economic Development, Foster Pepper PLLC, February 2013

Tribal Retirement Plans Forum Webinar: IRS Requests Comments on Sovereignty over Retirement Plans

Co-Presenter, January 2012

Tribal Retirement Plans Forum - Action Plan for Maintaining Compliance and Risk Management

Presenter, July 2011

Executive Compensation Legal Considerations

Panelist, 2009 Bankers Briefing, May 2009

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BusinessEmerging Companies & Venture CapitalEmployee Benefits & Executive CompensationEmployment & LaborFinancial InstitutionsInvestment ManagementMedia, Entertainment & GamesNative AmericanNonprofit & Tax-Exempt OrganizationsSports Teams & FacilitiesTax


Tel: 206.447.8919Fax: 206.749.1947


LL.M., Corporation Law, New York University, 1979

J.D., University of Toledo, 1978

  • University of Toledo Law Review, Executive Editor, 1977-1978

A.B., University of Notre Dame, 1974

Bar Admissions

Washington, 1996

Illinois, 1982

Ohio, 1978


Foster Pepper PLLC

  • Of Counsel, 2003-Present
  • Member, 1996-2002
  • Of Counsel, 1995-1996

Johnson & Gibbs, P.C., Shareholder, 1988-1995

Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Associate Counsel, Corporate Affairs, 1985-1989

Seyfarth, Shaw, Fairweather & Geraldson, Associate, 1982-1984

Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor, Attorney, 1979-1982

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