Scott Wilson was appointed as Federal Defender for the District of Utah in 2019. He has been with the Utah Federal Public Defender Office since August 2000. 

Scott graduated magna cum laude from Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School where he was a member of the Law Review and Order of the Coif. He worked as a law clerk to three federal judges, including Judge Alan C. Kay of the District of Hawaii and Judges David Sam and Tena Campbell of the District of Utah. He was appointed as an Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. as part of the Attorney General’s Honor Program, where he represented the United States in civil actions filed across the country. He has worked as a criminal trial and appellate lawyer in both public and private practice, as an Assistant District Attorney in Riverside County, California, as a litigation associate at Snow, Christensen & Martineau in Salt Lake City, and as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Utah in the Criminal Appeals Division.