Scott Drury

Scott Drury

Scott Drury is the founder and leader of Loevy & Loevy’s Data Privacy and Cyber-Intelligence Group and an accomplished trial lawyer. A former Assistant United States Attorney and legislator, Scott is a fierce advocate with the depth of experience necessary to take on the world’s most powerful tech companies. Scott represents plaintiffs in cutting-edge data privacy and cyber-intelligence cases, seeking to hold companies accountable for their:

  • Unlawful use of facial recognition and artificial intelligence (AI) technology
  • Invasion of individuals’ and children’s privacy
  • Deceptive collection and sales of personal data
  • Failure to secure sensitive personal information (Data Breaches)
  • Violations of Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act

Scott’s legislative work and cases have garnered national and international attention and have been featured in numerous online and print publications, including the Chicago Sun-Times, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed News, Vox and cnet.

Scott’s commitment to protecting consumers’ and children’s privacy and cyber civil rights is longstanding. As a legislator, Scott:

  • Worked with the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative to enact strongest-in-the-nation anti-Revenge Porn legislation
  • Acted as a consultant to the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative on an amicus curiae brief filed in the Illinois Supreme Court that helped defeat a recent challenge to his anti-Revenge Porn legislation
  • Rewrote Illinois’ Children’s Privacy Protection and Parental Empowerment Act to prohibit the sale or purchase of children’s data without parental consent
  • Battled the tech industry in an effort to protect the privacy of children in school
  • Was an inaugural member of the House of Representatives’ Cybersecurity, Data Analytics and IT Committee

Scott is also an accomplished civil rights attorney who has received numerous awards for his work in the field, including awards from the Northwestern Center on Wrongful Convictions and the Illinois Innocence Project. Scott currently represents clients throughout the nation who were wrongfully convicted or subjected to unlawful use of force by police officers. He also represents children in the State’s care who were subjected to horrific abuse while hospitalized at a psychiatric facility dubbed the “Hospital of Horrors.”

As a legislator, Scott enacted legislation that transformed the way in which police conduct custodial interrogations and put in place first-ever statewide procedures for conducting eyewitness identifications. Scott has been a guest speaker and panelist at numerous conferences addressing criminal justice reform and, in 2016, was appointed as a Commissioner on the Illinois Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform Commission.

Scott is a member of the federal trial bar and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Pritzker Northwestern University School of Law where he teaches trial advocacy. Scott graduated, cum laude, from Northwestern University School in 1998. He graduated with high honors from the University of California, Berkeley in 1995.

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • Federal Trial Bar – U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, Illinois

  • J.D. (cum laude) – 1998
  • Articles Editor, Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology

University of California, Berkeley

  • B.A. – 1995
  • With High Honors

Awards

  • Northwestern Law/Center on Wrongful Convictions Jenner & Block Award for Dedication to Improving the Fairness and Accuracy of the Illinois Criminal Justice System (2013)
  • Illinois Innocence Project Defender of the Innocent Award (2015)
  • First Defense Legal Aid “20 for 20” First Defender Award (2015)

Past Positions

  • Illinois State Representative, 2013-2018
  • Commissioner – Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform, 2015-2016
  • Counsel, Reed Smith, 2011-2016
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney, United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois, 2003-2011

Mutnick v. Clearview AI, et al. (U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois): Litigation counsel for putative nationwide and Illinois classes seeking to hold Clearview AI accountable for its alleged unconstitutional and unlawful conduct in scraping billions of images from the internet, performing biometric scans on them and selling its facial recognition database to law enforcement. Case pending.

Vance v. IBM (U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois): Litigation counsel for a putative Illinois class alleging violations of Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act in connection with IBM’s alleged unlawful collection and use of individuals’ biometric identifiers and information in connection with the development and use of a facial recognition database. Case pending.

Mark S. v. The College Board (U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois): Litigation counsel for putative nationwide and Illinois classes alleging numerous statutory and common-law violations in connection with The College Board’s alleged unlawful collection and sale of children’s data obtained when they take the SAT, PSAT and AP Exams. Case pending.

Kylie S. v. Pearson plc, et al. (U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois): Litigation counsel for putative nationwide, Illinois and Colorado classes alleging numerous statutory and common-law violations in connection with an alleged data breach involving children’s sensitive personal data. Case pending.

Hyung Seok Koh, et al. v. Det. M. Graf, et al. (U.S. Court of Appeals – Seventh Circuit): Appellate counsel for a father who alleges police unlawfully arrested and coerced him into falsely confessing to murder in violation of the Fourth and Fifth Amendments. Successfully argued for dismissal of appeal based on lack of jurisdiction.

McCann v. State of Michigan (Michigan Court of Claims): Litigation counsel. Successfully represented client in obtaining compensation from the State of Michigan for his wrongful imprisonment. Case is currently on appeal.

Golbert v. Aurora Chicago Lakeshore Hospital, LLC, et al. (U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois): Litigation counsel for children in the care of the state who allege they were sexually and physically abused while hospitalized in a psychiatric facility dubbed the “Hospital of Horrors.” Case pending.