Donald A. Scott
Donald A. Scott ()

Donald A. Scott, a Philadelphia corporate lawyer, died April 14 at the age of 84.

He joined Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in July 1957 and became a partner in 1964.

During his 41 years at Morgan Lewis, Scott focused on a wide range of matters, including mergers and acquisitions, securities law compliance, tender offers, and corporate governance, according to a release.

In 1960, he worked on the proposed merger of Philadelphia National Bank and Girard Trust Bank, which was challenged by the U.S. Department of Justice and resulted in a landmark antitrust decision from the U.S. Supreme Court, a release said.

Scott later led the team for PNB’s parent, CoreStates Financial Corp. (now part of Wells Fargo), in several acquisitions.

He also represented Scott Paper Co. and Strawbridge & Clothier in numerous matters.

He retired in 1998.

Scott graduated from Princeton University in 1951. He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy for two years before enrolling in Harvard Law School.

He started his legal career as a law clerk to Judge Learned Hand of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, a release said.

Scott served as chair of the business and corporate litigation committee of the American Bar Association’s business law section, and on the section’s committee on corporate laws.

He was a member of the subcommittee that revised the indemnification provisions of the Model Business Corporation Act, a release said.

Scott is survived by his four children, Allison (Mike), Andy (Carla), Jack (Brook) and Lindsay Leisenring (Ted); and his grandchildren, Kenny, Peter, Merrick, Shannon, Will, Blair, Aida, Alex and Chase.

A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. May 10 at Chestnut Hill Presbyterian Church, 8855 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Faith in Practice, P.O. Box 4976, Houston (faithinpractice.org). •