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practice accolades

Product Liability & Mass Torts

Named a Class Actions and Mass Torts 'Powerhouse' in BTI's Litigation Outlook 2014 report

honors + affiliations

Past-President, Houston Bar Association

Director, State Bar of Texas

Liaison, Texas Bar Foundation

Trustee, Houston Bar Foundation

Listed, Texas Super Lawyers (2005, 2007–2014)

Listed, “Rising Stars,” Texas Super Lawyers (2004–2005)

Past Chair, Dispute Resolution Center

Past Chair, Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program

Member, Texas Bar Foundation Nominating Committee

Past Member, State Bar of Texas, Committee on the Provision of Legal Services to the Poor

Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation

Fellow, Houston Bar Foundation

Charter Fellow, Houston Young Lawyers Association

bar admissions

  • Texas

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Northern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas
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Denise Scofield

1000 Louisiana St., Suite 4000
Houston, TX 77002-5006
United States
Phone: +1.713.890.5105
Fax: +1.713.890.5001

Denise Scofield is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Litigation Practice. Ms. Scofield defends industrial clients in environmental and toxic tort lawsuits, conducts internal investigations regarding environmental matters, and provides crisis management counseling.

Ms. Scofield has experience investigating and defending groundwater contamination and other pollution matters brought by third parties for personal injuries and economic losses. She has defended companies in the chemical, oil and gas, pharmaceutical, railroad, and beverage industries, and has served as a national and regional counsel in connection with the defense of a variety of mass tort claims. Many of her cases have involved hundreds of plaintiffs. Additionally, she has spent considerable time investigating incidents that give rise to potential liabilities on an urgent and non-urgent basis. Most recently, she successfully tried Phase One of the Deepwater Horizon litigation on behalf of an oilfield services client.

Ms. Scofield also represents Fortune 100 corporations as plaintiffs and defendants in complex business disputes. Those disputes have included securities matters, breach of contract cases, royalty disputes, tortious interference situations, and consumer class actions in both state and federal court and in arbitration proceedings. In addition, she served in an in-house role at a global oil and gas corporation in order to assist with the integration of significant litigation assumed in a large merger.

Ms. Scofield received Southern Methodist University's Distinguished Alumni Award for Emerging Leadership in 2006. The Texas Jaycees and the Houston Junior Chamber of Commerce selected her as one of 2004's Five Outstanding Young Texans and Houstonians, respectively. She was also named the Outstanding Young Lawyer of Texas and the Outstanding Young Lawyer of Houston in 2003 and has been recognized as a "Super Lawyer" in Texas Monthly magazine and as one of Houston's "Top Lawyers" in H Texas magazine.

Ms. Scofield received her J.D. from Southern Methodist University School of Law in 1992. She received her B.A. from Vanderbilt University in 1989, where she received one of the five Founders Medals of Honor. Ms. Scofield is admitted to practice in Texas and before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Northern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas.


  • Southern Methodist University School of Law, 1992, J.D.
  • Vanderbilt University, 1989, B.A.