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College of Arts and Sciences

Scott Fowkes

General Counsel of the American Dental Association

Scott Fowkes is the General Counsel of the American Dental Association, the nation’s largest dental association and representing more than 163,000 member dentists.  He leads the ADA’s Division of Legal Affairs, advising the Association and its Board on all legal issues, including antitrust, intellectual property, employment law, regulatory and compliance matters, litigation, enterprise risk management, privacy law, health care, and governance. Before joining the ADA in 2019, Scott was a senior partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

In addition to his legal practice, Scott has had leadership roles with numerous community, charitable, and educational institutions. Scott graduated from the College of Arts & Sciences in 1985 with a major in history and received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.  He lives in Chicago with his wife, Maria, and their three children, including a son who is a current Cornell senior majoring in economics.