N. Scott Carpenter
- Managing Partner
- Founding Member
N. Scott Carpenter has been a trial attorney since 1994 and since that time has been representing victims who suffer serious personal injury due to catastrophic fires and explosions, auto defects, construction site negligence, significant product defects, lightning-induced gas piping failures, and construction defect cases. Mr. Carpenter continues to handle cases for clients from California to Boston, across the Midwest including Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Indiana, Ohio, Minnesota, and along the Eastern seaboard including Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, North & South Carolina, Florida, Alabama, and Georgia.
Mr. Carpenter is well-respected for his legal and business acumen when handling complex litigation, and his ability to get to the bottom line for his clients. N. Scott Carpenter is serious about victims' rights when it comes to product manufacturers who choose profits ahead of consumer safety. He has worked tirelessly and successfully in bringing reforms to changes in product design, and to local and national standards for consumer products such as floor lamps, coffee makers, toaster ovens, flexible gas tubing (CSST), electric blankets, auto defects, and other unreasonably dangerous products that cause serious injuries and death. Mr. Carpenter is unrelenting when it comes to prosecuting cases against manufacturers who sell their bad products to his clients. Scott's drive to protect victim's rights extends into complex labor and employment actions, and his willingness to fight aggressively against unfair labor practices highlights his professional philosophy of fair treatment under the law.
N. Scott Carpenter was born in Nyack, New York in 1964. Upon leaving New York he was raised on a farm in Northwest Ohio for a short time before moving to North Texas with his family in 1971.
In 1991, at the age of 27, Mr. Carpenter put himself through law school by working part-time as a clerk in a mid-sized Dallas law firm. Attending law school in the summers allowed him to complete his law studies in less than three years.
Mr. Carpenter is the only member of his extended family to graduate law school and to practice law on a full-time basis. Mr. Carpenter began his law career in 1994, and after only a few short months after passing the Bar exam he opened his own law firm and began representing individuals in personal injury cases. In a few short years he grew his firm from a small fledgling practice to one with seven lawyers and an equal number of support staff. Today, he is well-known nationally for his work in bringing much needed design and manufacturing changes to numerous consumer products, all of which have caused property damage, personal injury, and death.
N. Scott Carpenter has served his community much the same way he serves his clients, with passion, commitment, and perseverance. Whether it is from his work on the Plano Parks Foundation, Plano Symphony Orchestra, Board of Trustees of the Plano Independent School District, the Volunteer Center of Collin County, or when he graduated from Leadership Plano-Class XIV and served in the local Rotary Club, Mr. Carpenter has shown a level of commitment that far surpasses the norm. He is fiercely loyal to colleagues, friends, and his family. Mr. Carpenter is very charitable and giving when it comes to his church and organizations that can demonstrate that they give back more to those in need than they spend on corporate governance. He demonstrates a quality not found often in lawyers - he truly places service to others ahead of storing up worldly possessions. Loyalty, honor and respect are three hallmarks by which Mr. Carpenter practices law and are characteristics he expects from those that surround him.
Mr. Carpenter reveres the Law and his Profession and has pledged in his professional and private life to deal with his fellow members of the Bar with dignity and respect. Mr. Carpenter is guided by a fundamental sense of integrity and a need to be a strong and effective advocate for his clients. Mr. Carpenter's word is his bond and he demands the same from any counsel that oppose him and his clients. Mr. Carpenter believes strongly that lawyers can be zealous advocates for their clients while also being decent and courteous. His clients, the public, and all members of the Bar rightfully expect him to be a tough advocate, but they also expect him to be respectful where others are deserving.
N. Scott Carpenter's memberships and community involvement stretch for decades and demonstrate the high level of commitment he has to both his community and his clients. Mr. Carpenter was selected for membership in the Order of Barristers while in law school. Known as a national honor society that recognizes third-year law students for excellence and achievement in oral and written advocacy, Mr. Carpenter was an obvious choice for the tenacity, hard work, and commitment he showed during his law school career. As a compliment to his advocacy Mr. Carpenter not only participated in Moot Court and Mock Trial competitions, he won competitions on a consistent basis.
After opening his law office in 1995 Mr. Carpenter quickly rose through the ranks of his local Bar association from Secretary to President-Elect, to President.
Mr. Carpenter is a member of the State Bar of Texas and State Bar of Oklahoma, as well as the American Bar Association.
He is licensed in all Federal District Courts and the Supreme Court of Texas.
Mr. Carpenter is married and has two adult children finishing their collegiate studies at TCU in Fort Worth.
Mr. Carpenter is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys time on his cattle ranch, hunting big game in Montana, as well as upland birds and ducks across the South, and travels regularly to Alaska to fish the Kenai Peninsula and on Kodiak Island.
Mr. Carpenter was raised as a southern Baptist. Since 2001, Mr. Carpenter and his family have been members of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano.
Areas of Practice
- Personal Injury 20%
- Product Liability 20%
- Class Action 20%
- Wrongful Death 20%
- Automotive Defect 20%
- 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
- Supreme Court of Texas, 1994
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
- Supreme Court of Oklahoma, 2015
- U.S. District Court
- Idaho, 2019
- U.S. District Court District of Idaho
- Texas A&M University School of Law (formerly Texas Wesleyan University School of Law), Fort Worth, Texas
- J.D. - 05/1994
- Honors: Order of the Barristers
- University of Texas, Dallas, Texas
- B.A. - 05/1990
- Rushing v. Titeflex Corp., 2012, Dist. Ct of Lubbock
- Hill v. Omega Flex Inc., 03-C, 2014, Circuit Court
- Lovelis v. Titeflex Corp. et al, CIV-, 2005, Arkansas Dist. Ct
- Cone v. Sanitarios Lamosa, 4:17, 2017, US Dist Ct, Eastern Division
- Adams Pointe, et al v. Pro-Flex, LLC et al , US Dist Ct, Western Division
Honors and Awards
- Top 100 US Verdicts
- Expert Witness – Reasonableness of Attorneys’ Fees Requested through a Fee Application in a Class Action – Parker/Martin, et. al. v. The City of Dallas, Texas, (aka Dallas Pay Cases), in the 382nd Judicial District Court, Rockwall County, Texas (2019). Court awarded fees equal to the amount requested by Plaintiffs’ counsel and supported by the expert opinions of Mr. Carpenter.
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Plano and Collin County Bar Associations, Member
- Plano Rotary, Past Member
- Plano Chamber of Commerce, Past Member
- Texas Trial Lawyers Association
- American Bar Association