Scott M. Browning

Scott M. Browning

Partner vCard
303.623.9222 fax
1200 Seventeenth Street
Suite 3000
Denver, CO 80202

Scott Browning has represented a broad array of well-known business and non-profit entities, including ESPN, Honeywell, Johns Manville, Heitman Capital Management, and the Archdioceses of Denver, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, St. Louis and a number of other Dioceses and religious organizations around the country. Scott helps navigate legal issues affecting religious institutions and protects the rights of faith-based groups. In addition to accolades from the legal community for this work, Scott received the single highest honor the Pope can bestow on an individual. Pope Francis named Scott to the Order of St. Gregory the Great as a Knight of St. Gregory for his extraordinary, decades-long service to the Church.  

Scott also serves as outside general counsel to a number of secular private schools, including Vail Mountain School and Fountain Valley School. For more than a decade, Scott has represented the fiduciary entity, Educational Credit Management Corporation ("ECMC") that acts on behalf of the federal government, and for that client, he has tried many federal court cases and established important precedent through a number of Tenth Circuit opinions.

"Scott Browning is said by peers to be just incredible regarding the quantity of these cases he’s dealing with, acting for Jewish entities, Roman Catholics, Mormons, all manner of dioceses all over the country." - Benchmark Litigation

Memberships & Affiliations

  • The Jefferson Foundation, Largest Colorado School District, Public School Board Foundation, 2009-present
  • Board of Leadership Evergreen, Chairperson, Director, 2005-2010
  • SafeHouse Denver, Director, 2006-2011
  • First Judicial Nominating Commission, Commissioner, 2008-present
  • United States Supreme Court Historical Society
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Order of the Coif Legal Honor Society
  • Faculty of Federal Advocates
  • Doyle's Inn of Court, Barrister
  • Denver Colorado and American Bar Associations, Member
  • Certified Public Accountant

Representative Matters

  • Over the last 20 years, Mr. Browning has defended a variety of dioceses and archdioceses across the United States in more than 100 cases and claims of all types, ranging from construction matters, religious liberty and constitutional issues, employment issues, contract disputes and defense of personal injury claims. As lead counsel to the Archdioceses of Denver, he litigated and successfully resolved more than 40 individual cases-one of the largest groups of cases against a single client to be litigated in the state of Colorado.
  • Mr. Browning served as outside general counsel for one of the largest religious organizations in the country during a crisis arising from CFO theft, complex financial problems, grand jury indictments and resulting criminal prosecutions of a key manager and employees, more than 20 civil law suits, all occurring at the same time. The work entailed living out-of-state for 18 months to aid in correcting the structure and course of the entity.
  • Mr. Browning recently served as an advisor to Archbishop Gomez and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in this year's legislative fight against a bill that would have revived abuse claims during a one-year window. Governor Brown vetoed the bill. 
  • Mr. Browning currently serves as outside general counsel to the Archdiocese of Denver, special counsel to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, trial counsel to the Archdiocese of St. Louis, and an advisor to Archdiocese of Los Angeles, as well as an advisor to a number of other archdioceses, dioceses, bishops, and religious organizations. He has the honor of being personal counsel to Archbishop Charles J. Chaput.
  • As lead trial counsel for the Arrabelle HOA, made up of 66 owners of multi-million dollar condominiums, Mr. Browning was successful in highly contested litigation against Vail Resorts.  In the multi-phase litigation, he obtained a court-ordered reformation (re-writing) of the contract between the HOA and the developer to correct VR's overreaching by taking too much control in various decisions and also VR's overcharging the HOA for millions of dollars in expenses.
  • As lead trial counsel, Mr. Browning successfully defended AFSB, a large local brokerage firm, in the Delaware Court of Chancery against an injunction proceeding initiated by Bankers Life.
  • As lead trial counsel, Mr. Browning obtained a $2 million dollar verdict for his client, Augusta Software Design Inc., against Shepard's/McGraw Hill. The jury's verdict was sustained by the Colorado Court of Appeals and the certiorari was denied en banc by Colorado Supreme Court.
  • As lead trial counsel, on behalf of a large commercial landlord, AHM Properties, and after a one-week trial, Mr. Browning successfully evicted the defendant, Target, from a 100-year ground lease based on a non-monetary default.
  • As lead appellate counsel, Mr. Browning reversed a trial court's dismissal of claims by more than 1000 Peruvian citizens who were poisoned by a mercury spill. As a result of the appellate success, these individuals retained their right to sue.



  • Benchmark Litigation - "Local Litigation Star" in Colorado, 2016-2020
  • Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great - Knight of St. Gregory, 2018
  • Martindale-Hubbell - "AV/Preeminent Attorney" Rating, 1998-2017
  • Colorado Super Lawyers - Business Litigation, 2009-2018
  • Denver Business Journal - "Forty Under 40", 2007

Other Info


J.D., William & Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law, 1993
B.S., Trinity University, 1989

Bar Admissions

Colorado, 1993
Pennsylvania, 2013

Court Admissions

Colorado Court of Appeals
Colorado State Judicial District Courts
Colorado Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Colorado
U.S. Supreme Court