Company Overview

Who We Are

Using its vast experience and meaningful connections in the legal arena, Atlas Counsel Search will attempt to identify potential legal relationships that will give you the service you need.  We understand the importance of finding the right lawyer for each assignment.  You deserve assistance from someone with extensive contacts and a reputation for competence, good judgment, diligence, and independence.


Scott Atlas brings to your assignment 25+ years of experience as a partner in two major corporate law firms and meaningful connections as former chair of the 60,000+ member American Bar Association Section of Litigation.  These relationships provide ACS customers a powerful advantage.

Scott Atlas

After graduating with high honors from Yale University with a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics, Scott earned his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law, where he was Editor-In-Chief of the Texas Law Review and a Chancellor.  

Scott clerked for a judge on the prestigious U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and then joined Vinson & Elkins, LLP in Houston, Texas, the firm’s main office.  He earned partnership and served as a highly regarded and accomplished corporate litigator handling complex cases for numerous clients around the United States.  Scott continued his corporate litigation career as a partner in the Houston office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP.

Over 33 years of practicing law, Scott’s areas of practice and expertise included antitrust, securities, business torts, construction, contract disputes, legal malpractice, lender liability, municipal pension and tax law, trade secrets, trademark infringement, and general commercial litigation.

Scott has served on a bank advisory board and many civic and charitable boards involving education, health, and the arts. He chaired the then-70,000+ American Bar Association Section of Litigation.  He served as President of the Texas Law Alumni Association and chaired Texas Law’s Endowment for Excellence, which has raised cash and pledges of more than $50 million for scholarships. He has been general counsel for Houston’s Alley Theatre for more than 35 years.


Honors and Awards

  • One of “100 Leading Legal Consultants and Strategists,” Lawdragon, annually since 2016
  • One of “The Best Lawyers in America” in commercial litigation (multiple years), Woodward/White, Inc.
  • “Texas Super Lawyer” (repeat) and among Top 100 Houston Region Attorneys, Texas Monthly
  • Highest rated among 19,475 Houston lawyers, Avvo Inc., 2007
  • Distinguished Service Award, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 2010
  • Leon Jaworski Community Service Award, Houston Bar Association Auxiliary, 2008
  • Lola Wright Foundation Award (for exemplifying the highest standards of legal ethics), Texas Bar Foundation, 2008
  • Orden de Mayo al Merito (Order of Merit), Government of Argentina, 2007 (requires approval by the President of Argentina;
             the most prestigious recognition granted by that government to foreigners who are not heads of state)
  • Civil Rights All Star (for civil and human rights work), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 2005
  • Karen Susman Jurisprudence Award, Anti-Defamation League of the Southwest Region, 2002
  • Distinguished Alumnus for Community Service, University of Texas Law Alumni Association, 2000
  • Leon Green Award (outstanding contribution to legal profession), Texas Law Review Association, 1997
  • Local, state, and international pro bono awards, including awards from the League of United Latin American Citizens (1993),
             the Mexican-American Bar Association of Texas (1996), and the Texas-Mexico Bar Association (1997)
  • Outstanding Young Texas Ex, Texas Ex-Students Association, 1989
  • Pro Bono Publico Award, American Bar Association, 1986
  • Five Outstanding Young Houstonians Award, Houston Jaycees, 1985
  • Outstanding Young Lawyer in Houston, Houston Young Lawyers’ Association, 1984-85