Donald Edward Scott
1948 - 2015
Donald Edward Scott, age 66, of Denver, Colorado passed away on July 18, 2015 outside of Cody, Wyoming. Don was born in Plainfield, Illinois to John and Joyce Scott on September 18, 1948. He went to Plainfield High School, along with his brother David and sisters, Diane and Beth, graduating in 1965. Don went on to earn a B.A. degree in economics from Harvard College, magna cum laude, in 1970, and was Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1973 where he was on the Editorial Board of the Yale Law Journal. During his schooling, he would return home to Plainfield to spend summers with his family and work construction with his uncle. Don began his legal career at Kirkland & Ellis where he worked in Chicago, Washington DC and finally Denver, trying cases across the country. In 1993, Don, along with Fred Bartlit, Phil Beck, Skip Herman, Jim Palenchar, and Mark Ferguson formed the law firm Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP. Don's reputation as one of the top trial lawyers in the United States continued to grow while at Bartlit Beck, where he had an extraordinary record of success in high stakes trials across the country. Among other notable verdicts, Don obtained trial victories for Pratt & Whitney in a lengthy trial in Texas, for Alpha Therapeutics in Louisiana, for Bayer in cases involving PPA in Utah and Florida, and for NL Industries in several trials across the country. In addition to his trial victories, Don was an exceptional mentor and colleague, training a generation of trial lawyers at Bartlit Beck and being a true partner to his colleagues. He was universally respected by the lawyers he litigated against and the judges he argued before for his honesty, integrity and thoughtfulness. Don showed everyone that success in the courtroom and in life came, first and foremost, by knowing yourself and being genuine. He was a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Layers. He instructed with the National Institute for Trial Advocacy for over 30 years. In the community, he served as a long time trustee, and most recently vice-president, of the Denver Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, as a trustee of the Foundation Board for Craig Hospital in Englewood, and as a trustee of the Endowment Board for the Central City Opera in Denver. Don is survived and will be greatly missed by Ellen MacMorris Scott, his former wife of over 20 years; his two sons, David MacMorris Scott and Edward "Teddy" McAllister Scott; his sister Beth (David) Axelrod; his nieces Caroline (Ronald) Smith and Sarah Joyce Axelrod; his nephews Christopher (Chantel) Stubbs and Ward (Alyson) Scott and many more whose lives were greatly touched by his kindness, character, and love. Funeral services honoring Mr. Scott's life and work will be held at Park Hill United Methodist Church, 5209 Montview Blvd., Denver, CO 80207 on Monday, July 27, 2015 at 3:00 pm, with Pastor Eric Smith officiating. A private family burial service will take place earlier in the day at Fairmount Cemetery in Denver, CO. Memorial Donations may be made to the Craig Hospital Foundation, , and to the Park Hill United Methodist Church, 5209 Montview Blvd., Denver, CO 80207.

Published by Denver Post from Jul. 24 to Jul. 26, 2015.
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Wishing you all peace as you remember your father, partner in life and work. Don accomplished so much in his life. He was always kind and welcoming when I saw Don. Peace be with you ALL.
Carolyn OMalleyAdlong
July 18, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Don had such a wonderful smile and helped so many. Bless you all in such a difficult time. Love to you Ellen, David and Teddy.
Carolyn O'Malley-Adlong
December 5, 2015
Don and I met at Kirkland and Ellis in Chicago where we were both new associates.
He was a great lawyer then and a great colleague.
Please accept my condolences on your loss.
Peter Carey
October 11, 2015
Kathryn Harper
August 27, 2015
It breaks my heart to know that you are all suffering from the loss of a precious man. And Ellen, I think of you daily,God's blessings to you.
Kathryn Harper
August 27, 2015
I went all through grade school and high school with Don, graduating with him in 1966. He was an outstanding student academically and was involved in many clubs and organizations. It follows that he had such success in life and was so highly regarded. We will miss our friend and classmate next year at our 50th reunion. My deepest sympathy to Don and Diane's family.
Kathy Mowrer Lutz
August 2, 2015
Don introduced himself to us in our ranch kitchen shorty after he purchased his neiboring place. He was remarkably friendly and sincere, and he had great hope for his ranch becoming a cherished place for his family. Shorty after he acquired the main ranch, he added on a neighboring place which was in danger of subdivison, thus helping to preserve the integrity of this valley we all love s,o dearly. All of his holdings are in conversation easements with the Montana Land Reliance. Don was too briefly a good neighbor and a exemplary steward of the land.
Susan Scott Heyneman, Bench Ranch, Fishtail
August 1, 2015
Such wonderfully kind and consoling words from our community in Denver, Plainfield and elsewhere. Our family so deeply mourning the loss are comforted by all your words. Bless you. Ellen Scott
Ellen Scott
July 30, 2015
Donnie was the sweetest and cutest of all the boy cousins. My most fun memory was when he named all the kittens after the 1959
White Sox players! Sally Kline Donzelli
July 28, 2015
It is very sad to hear that Don has passed away. As a former classmate of Don's, many great memories were made during our school days at PHS. My deepest sympathy to his family.
Carolyn Smith
July 27, 2015
I had the privilege of working with Don in the defense of Bayer in the PPA litigation. He was a talented attorney who was always focused on the task at hand. We became friends and remained in touch over the years. We are deeply saddened by his sudden loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Gary McConnell
July 27, 2015
Many of us are still in shock with the untimely passing of Don. Don was one of the friendliest classmates in our Class of '66. He always had a nice word for everyone. We have a class potluck group that meets monthly. Even though Don was unable to attend, he always had a thought to pass on to fellow classmates when he received the email. In our post to classmates-many have responded to this date so I will share their names here: JoAnn Potenziani, Bob Ham, Kathy Massa, Ron Wieman, Andrea Clarkson, Sue Leonard, Cathy Dodson, Terry Brown,cousin Sandi Collins,Ray Powers,Sharon Stafford, Sally Koch-all saddened with the news. I am sure we will hear from others. Heartfelt prayers to Don and Diane's families.
Tracie Tobin
July 27, 2015
So sorry to hear about Don. Don and I had several things in common. I was born and raised in Montana, but have been living in Plainfield, Il. since 1984 (both of my sons were born in Plainfield and went to school grades 1-12 in Plainfield. Don was born and raised in Plainfield, IL and bought a beautiful Ranch on the West Rosebud River in Montana bordering our family Ranch (TNT Ranch) outside Fishtail, Montana. I only had the pleasure of meeting Don once. He was opening a barbwire gate in Montana - bordering Don's place (the Fiddler Creek Ranch) and the Beartooth Mountains, he was with his sons, getting ready to saddle up and go riding. I love the beautiful Rustic Lodge and Barn he built on the banks of the West Rosebud! I'll be driving past there on Wednesday and will say goodbye for now, only wish we had more time to share.
Mike O'Connor
July 25, 2015
Don was an exceptional lawyer and mentor, and the penultimate friend. And fun and inspiring -- how many others stay up until ten telling stories and strategizing then meet you at the gym at 430 am every day of trial? I owe him so very much, and people still talk about his great remarks at my investiture. He will be missed greatly by Michael and me. Ellen, David, Teddy, I am so very sorry. Meg Ryan
July 25, 2015
Don's magnetic presence will be missed. He was a man of integrity who pursued his passions with the same vigor and commitment he put into his work and above all, the people in his life. I know his spirit will live on in each of us and with that light, may we each honor Don by living fully, by making each moment count and seeking the excellence that lives within each of us. How blessed I am to have called him friend. Much love from Dana, Joy and Bernie Busch
Dana Busch
July 25, 2015
As a 1966 PHS graduating classmate, I am saddened to hear of Don's sudden death. May God rest his soul....
Jim Smolesky
July 25, 2015
Don was a first class human being and citizen. My deepest condolences go to his family who will have to cope with this great loss. He also supported the Colorado Symphony and we are grateful. I will remember him with love and admiration. Yumi Hwang-Williams
July 24, 2015
I had the privilege of serving with don on a board at elon
university don was always prepared added value and was a pleasure to converse with and learn from i will miss his intellect and friendship peter fox
July 24, 2015
Don was a wonderful man, one of the most genuine and generous people that I have ever known. He was an incredible attorney, truly amazing to watch. I am so sad that he is no longer with us, but feel so privileged to have known him! May he rest in peace.
Dion Allen
July 24, 2015
Don was the best of the class of '66 & great childhood friend.Losing Diane & him leaves two holes in my heart.
Jack Stoner
July 24, 2015
As a classmate in Plainfield, I knew he was destined for great things. I didn't know just how far he'd gone. RIP my friend.
Kathy Laufer Massa
July 23, 2015
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