Scott D. Tenley

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Scott D. Tenley

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Banking & Financial Services
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White-Collar Defense

Orange County

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • State Bar of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Courts, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
  • U.S. Courts of Appeal, Second and Ninth Circuits

Professional Affiliations

  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • California Society for Health Care Attorneys
  • American Health Law Association


  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D.
  • The George Washington University, B.A. (magna cum laude)

Scott D. Tenley is a partner in M&R’s Orange County office and member of the firm’s White-Collar Defense & Investigations Practice Group. In that capacity, he represents corporate and individual clients in government investigations and criminal prosecutions, enforcement actions, internal investigations, and complex civil litigation in federal and state court. Scott is an experienced civil and criminal trial attorney and former federal prosecutor.

As a federal prosecutor for over seven years in Los Angeles and Orange County, Scott investigated and prosecuted white-collar cases involving healthcare fraud, bribery, honest services fraud, financial fraud, and money laundering. Among other matters, he prosecuted one of the largest health care frauds in California history, involving nearly $1 billion in fraudulent billings that generated over $50 million in kickback payments. He also briefed and argued numerous appeals before the Ninth Circuit, including on novel issues of victim restitution.

Before joining the Department of Justice, Scott was a commercial litigator and white-collar defense attorney at large international law firms in New York and Washington D.C. In those positions, he represented clients in bet-the-company litigation and federal criminal matters and conducted sensitive internal investigations for corporate clients across an array of industries.

From 2007 to 2008, Scott served as a law clerk to United States District Judge Cormac J. Carney in the Central District of California.

Represented founder of proprietary trading firm in Galleon-related insider trading case prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, SDNY.
Represented Chief Executive of packaging company in embezzlement and tax fraud prosecution by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, EDNY.
Represented public online education company in connection with various state Attorney General investigations into alleged fraudulent business practices.
Represented energy company operated by family of federal public official in connection with Department of Justice investigation of alleged bribery.
Represented international apparel company in connection with a federal grand jury investigation into alleged visa fraud.
Conducted internal investigation on behalf of regional broker-dealer under investigation by the Department of Justice and SEC for alleged market manipulation and failure to supervise.
Conducted internal investigation on behalf of international manufacturing corporation regarding alleged malfeasance by accounting personnel.
Conducted internal investigation on behalf of international transportation company in connection with fraudulent representations made during U.S.-based acquisition.
  • 2020 Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an AUSA
  • 2019 ATF Honor award
  • Commendations from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Food and Drug Administration