Paul "Woody" Scott is passionate in his representation of clients. Mr. Scott founded The Scott Law Firm and practices in immigration law, deportation and removal defense, criminal defense, and Federal Criminal and Immigration Litigation.
Mr. Scott was born in a small hospital in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. At two years old he and his mother moved to the New Orleans, Louisiana, area where he was raised. After he graduated from Archbishop Rummel High School in Metairie, he moved to Baton Rouge where he attended Louisiana State University to obtain his bachelor degree. He went on to receive his Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Civil Law from the LSU Paul H. Hebert Law School.
During his studies, Mr. Scott performed extensive travel and study of Latin America and the Latin American Legal Systems. Fluent in Spanish, he spent a semester of law school studying at the prestigious Universidad Austral Facultad de los Derechos located in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Throughout his life, Mr. Scott has watched family and friends work themselves through the complex immigration system. For that reason, he is intimately familiar with the immigration processes and serves his clients with a sense of passion.
As an immigration lawyer Mr. Scott provides legal services in the areas of Immigration and Nationality Law, Criminal Defense, and Personal Injury. Mr. Scott is a regular guest on Radio Amor and La Nueva radio stations where he answers the questions of Spanish speaking community.
A Little More About Paul Scott
What made you choose a career in immigration law?
I was born in Honduras. I grew up seeing the immigration process and my family members going through it. I saw the frustrations they had. I wanted to be the person to help others through those difficult times.
In your opinion, what sets your firm apart from others in the area?
Our firm delivers personalized high quality representation to people and businesses. We include our clients in the process and work as a team. It's not just me doing the work; we are working together to get their goals achieved!
What steps do you take to prepare for a difficult case?
Plan, plan, plan. From the first day of any case, difficult or not, we try to make a road-map of how the case will go and what my office needs to do to get it done.
How do you view your role in the attorney-client relationship?
We like to keep our clients included in the process and making them a part of our team. Input from our clients at all stages of representation allows us to stay on the same page and moving in the right direction.
What sets you apart from other attorneys?
I try really hard to make a connection with my clients and their families. I visualize what my clients are going though and what they are feeling, thinking, seeing, etc. This helps me achieve the goals of my client because I am better able to understand what it is they want, and how to help them attain it.
How does experience in the immigration field benefit your clients?
Immigration is an area of law that is incredibly difficult and complex. Also, it is changing almost daily and many times there are rules and policies that are not necessarily written down. The only way to know how to handle a client's case in this type of environment is by relying on experience. Luckily my firm has the experience necessary to deliver the best possible result for our clients.
What types of immigration cases do you specifically handle?
My firm handles all types of immigration cases from deportation and removal defense, to family based immigration (marrying a foreign national, etc.), to business visas. No matter how simple or complex a case may be, we have the legal knowledge and ability to handle the issue for our clients.
In your opinion, what is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
I love people. The practice of law allows me to work with people and help their dreams come true, which in turn fulfills my own dreams and aspirations.
What advice do you most often give your clients?
Every case is so different that I could not even begin to summarize my most often-given advice. I always try to give the best advice at that time based on those unique situation. When it comes to immigration law, don’t face it alone—always seek guidance from an experienced and supportive attorney!
In The Media
- Regular guest on Radio Amor and La Nueva
- Mr. Scott is frequently asked to speak at conferences on evolving issues in immigration and criminald defense.
- "Technology and Immigration Law Practice" - Louisiana State Bar Association. April 2018, New Orleans, LA
- "Crimmigration: Criminal Statutes and Cases and Their Effects on your Immigrant Clients" - AILA Mid-South Chapter Conference. November 13, 2015 Louisville, KY
- Updates in "Crimmigration" Law ; AILA Ohio/Mid-South Fall Conference. October 2013, Cincinnati, Ohio
- Provisional Waivers: Start to Finish;AILA Ohio/Mid-South Fall Conference. October 2013, Cincinnati, Ohio
- How Immigration Affects you Non-Immigration Practice, Louisiana State Bar Assocation, April, 2014, New Orleans, Louisiana
- 60 Apps in 60 Minutes, AILA Midsouth Conference in New Orleans. October 2014
- Updates in "Crimmigration" Law, AILA Midsouth Conference in New Orleans. October 2014
Mr. Scott is fluent in both Spanish and English