DGE Brianna Scott | District 6290
Brianna T. Scott was born and raised in Muskegon, Michigan, attended Michigan State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Art’s degree in Marketing. Among the honors she received were the COGIC Center Aspiring Law Student Scholarship, winner of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc essay contest and making the Dean’s list in 1996.
Ms. Scott was chapter president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Executive Board member of Wonders Black Caucus and a member in both the MSU Prelaw and Marketing Associations as an undergraduate student. She attended Wayne State University Law School where she received her Juris Doctorate in May, 2000. She was active in variety of law school activities and she attained a final year grade point average of 3.57/4.0. She successfully competed in various law school competitions including, but not limited to Moot Court evidence competitions, acting as Article Editor of The Journal of Law in Society, Executive Board member of Moot Court (Director of Outside Competitions), working on the academic committee of the Black Law Student Association, and being an active student member of the Wolverine Bar Association. In addition, Ms. Scott received many scholarships and awards throughout her law school career.
Ms. Scott became an attorney in November 2000, and was immediately recruited and hired as the FIRST African American Assistant Prosecutor in the Muskegon County Prosecutor’s office where her initial responsibility was handling district court cases, which included misdemeanors, ordinance violations and other hearings within the district court. However, after much success and proving herself a great trial attorney, she was promptly promoted to Circuit Court, where she handled many cases advocating for victims until she left the Prosecutor’s office in 2003.
Following her tenure at the Muskegon County Prosecutor’s office, Ms. Scott was hired by the law firm of Williams Hughes Corwin & Sininger, PC (k/n/a Williams Hughes, PLLC), where she embarked on the journey of a different practice of law; namely the handling of cases for municipalities, civil cases for the county, family law, corporate law, real estate and social security disability matters. As part of her practice at Williams Hughes Corwin & Sininger, PC, she was also awarded a public defender contract handling one of the abuse and neglect dockets in Muskegon County. Ms. Scott remained an associate at Williams Hughes Corwin & Sininger, PC, until 2005.
In 2005 she decided that after five years of significant experience handling all types of cases, that she wanted to become an entrepreneur and start her own law practice. Becoming a business owner, in fact the first minority (African American and female) law firm in Muskegon County was exciting, challenging, and very rewarding. Her law firm has grown significantly over the years and she now employs a full time staff of five (5).
In 2018, Ms. Scott was elected to an 8 year term on the Michigan State University Board of Trustees. A testament to the high regard placed on Ms. Scott for her professional accomplishments, ethical standards and peer recognition, Ms. Scott was recently named a 2019 Athena of the Lakeshore Award Recipient and 2021 Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club Woman of Accomplishment. In 2014, she became the FIRST person of color to serve as President of the prestigious Muskegon Rotary Club. Currently, Ms. Scott serves as President of the Muskegon Heights Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. As well, she serves on the Boards for Access Health, Boys & Girl’s Club of the Muskegon Lakeshore, Panel One of the Michigan Attorney Disciplinary Commission (County of Muskegon); and is also a member of the Muskegon Rescue Mission’s Personnel Committee. Ms. Scott is also the Chair of the Muskegon Rotary Club’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Retention Committee and serves as the Co-Chair for the Life Leadership Committee and the Community Service Council. In the past she has served on the following boards: United Way of the Lakeshore, Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce and Family Services Center Workforce Development Center. Additionally, she serves as Legal Counsel for the International Churches of God In Christ, which is the largest African American church in the world. She is also one of the only attorneys in West Michigan to be dually licensed to practice law in the state of New York. However, her proudest accomplishment is being the parent of her son.