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J. Scott Merrell

J. Scott Merrell
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J. Scott Merrell

Scott serves as Of Counsel to Hutchison’s corporate practice group, an area in which he has 35 years of legal experience. Scott’s areas of focus include nonprofit law, corporate governance and ethics, technology commercialization, business transactions with the Federal Government and mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. His clientele includes a number of the large nonprofit research organizations and research universities in the U.S.

Prior to joining Hutchison, Scott served as Senior Vice President, Secretary and Chief Legal Officer at RTI International. He was responsible for the legal oversight of all RTI operations, including corporate governance, government contracting, commercial transactions, intellectual property protection and commercialization, tax, regulatory compliance, internal audit, the ethics and compliance program and other corporate matters.

Scott serves as a Senior Lecturing Fellow at the Duke University School of Law, where he leads classes on structuring commercial transactions and corporate governance and ethics.

Areas of Practice 

  • University related transactions 
  • Licensing and corporate partnering
  • Nonprofit goverance and business transactions
  • Transactions with the U.S. Government

Recognition, Affiliations & Memberships

  • Senior lecturing fellow, Duke University School of Law
  • Member, Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM)


  • J.D., Wake Forest University, 1983
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Duke University, 1980


  • North Carolina and U.S. District Courts
  • U.S. Tax Court

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