Senior Counsel at Casner and Edward
Scott Harshbarger is Senior Counsel in Casner and Edward's Litigation and Nonprofit departments. Mr. Harshbarger’s practice focuses on strategic counsel and litigation, corporate investigations and defense, corporate and nonprofit governance and government regulation. Previously, Mr. Harshbarger served as Massachusetts Attorney General from 1991 to 1999, during which time he was elected President of the National Association of Attorneys General. From 1999 to 2002, Mr. Harshbarger served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Common Cause in Washington, DC. In 2003, Mr. Harshbarger was appointed by Governor Mitt Romney to head the Governor’s Commission on Corrections Reform. In 2010, he was appointed by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to chair the task force on hiring and promotion in the Judicial Branch. In 1982, Mr. Harshbarger was elected as District Attorney of Middlesex County and was re-elected in 1986. Prior to serving as District Attorney, Mr. Harshbarger was the first General Counsel of the State Ethics Commission, Chief of the Public Protection Bureau in the Attorney General’s Office, and Deputy Chief Counsel for the Massachusetts Defenders Committee.
Mr. Harshbarger is the chair of Proskauer’s National Pro Bono Initiative, Chair of the board of Community Resources for Justice (CRJ), and Vice Chair of the Ethics Resource Center in Washington DC. Mr. Harshbarger taught Professional Responsibility and Legal Ethics at Boston University Law School for twenty years, was a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School for three years, and was a Hadley Distinguished Professor at Northeastern University School of Law and College of Criminal Justice. Mr. Harshbarger graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He was also a Rockefeller Fellow at Union Theological Seminary in New York City.