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


University of Virginia School of Law (J.D.)

The George Washington University, magna cum laude (B.A.)

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Scott D. Tenley

Orange County
T: 714.557.7990
F: 714.557.7991

Scott Tenley, a former federal prosecutor, 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, Scott represents individuals and entities under investigation by the Department of Justice, state Attorneys General, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and other federal and state regulatory authorities for alleged health care and financial fraud, money laundering offenses, export control violations, CARES Act fraud, public corruption, U.S. economic sanctions violations, and theft of trade secrets, among many other things. Scott also conducts sensitive internal investigations for corporate clients and advises boards of directors, audit committees, and special committees on matters involving potential misconduct by corporate employees.

Prior to joining M&R, Scott spent over seven years as an Assistant United States Attorney in Los Angeles and Orange County, where he investigated and prosecuted a variety of complex financial crimes, including health care fraud, embezzlement, bank fraud, CARES Act fraud, bankruptcy fraud, and money laundering. Among other notable matters, Scott prosecuted one of the largest health care frauds in California history, involving nearly $1 billion in fraudulent billings generated by over $50 million in illegal kickback payments. Scott also devoted significant attention to combating violent crime throughout Southern California, including leading the investigation and prosecution of a 22-defendant robbery conspiracy described by GQ magazine as “one of the most sophisticated and lucrative smash-and-grab sprees in U.S. history.” For those efforts, Scott was awarded the 2019 ATF Honor Award and the 2020 Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an AUSA. In addition to his active investigation and trial docket, Scott also briefed and argued numerous matters before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Scott was an associate at large law firms in New York and Washington D.C., where he worked on white-collar defense matters, internal investigations, and complex civil litigation. From 2007 to 2008, he served as a law clerk to United States District Judge Cormac J. Carney in the Central District of California.

Representative Matters

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.