R. Scott Placek


Scott Placek is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated from Auburn University with honors in 1987 with a degree in business economics, and graduated from the University of Texas School of Law with honors in 1992. While in law school, Scott was a member of the Texas Law Review, Chancellors and Order of the Coif.

He joined Vinson & Elkins in Austin upon graduating and practiced in its business litigation section, specializing in insurance related litigation. After a short stint teaching at the college level, Scott became a principal in the firm of Skelton, Woody, Arnold & Placek focusing on insurance litigation and commercial litigation. Scott left Skelton, Woody to join the Austin firm of Bickerstaff, Heath, Smiley, Pollan, Kever & McDaniel as a litigation partner where he practiced prior to forming Arnold & Placek in February 2003.

Scott is a member of the bars of the states of Texas and Arkansas, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and of the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas. His practice remains focused on commercial and insurance litigation, with special expertise in insurance bad faith defense, coverage litigation, insurance regulatory litigation, insurance fraud and premium litigation, contract litigation, consumer protection/deceptive trade issues, healthcare litigation, employee benefits litigation and workers’ compensation issues. In addition he represents clients in administrative proceedings before state agencies, focusing primarily on insurance, healthcare and licensing issues. He is a frequent speaker to CLE and insurance industry groups on a variety of insurance litigation issues.

Honors & Appointments

Lecturer in the Division of Business, Communications and Government, University of the Ozarks, Clarksville, Arkansas

Round Rock Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors

Member, Charter Review Commission, City of Round Rock

Leadership Round Rock, Class of 2003

Representative Publications & Presentations

Handling Stowers Demands in Defense of Employers’ Liability Lawsuits: Substantive and Ethical Issues (2017)

Bad Faith Insurance Litigation in Texas (2007)

Fall 2007 Update: Bad Faith Insurance Litigation (2007)

Recent Developments in Bad Faith Litigation in the Workers’ Compensation Setting (2006)

Legal Approaches to Non-Productive Audits (2004)

Auditing the Alternative Staffing Client (2003)

Premium Fraud and Premium Avoidance: Red Flags and Red Herrings (2002)

The Unreported Class Code (2002)

Legal Issues in Interviewing and Hiring (1997)

Current Topics in Tort Reform (1995)