Founding Partner of HSD Immigration, LLC, Scott is located in the firm’s Lenexa, KS, office. He has advanced knowledge and experience in removal defense and immigration litigation. He also has experience with family-based immigration, humanitarian relief, naturalization, and business immigration cases.
Scott previously managed his own firm, Law Offices of Scott A. Girard. Before that, he worked at the nationally renowned immigration litigation firm, Sharma-Crawford Attorneys at Law, in Kansas City, MO, for four years defending and advocating for his clients at the Kansas City Immigration Court.
University of Kansas School of Law | J.D., 2013
Kansas State University | B.A., 2009
Bar Admissions: Kansas, Missouri
Court Admissions: Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals; U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association
Member, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
Member, Kansas Bar Association
Member, Missouri Bar Association
Represented more than 100 individuals in the Kansas City Immigration Court, including conducting status hearings and trials and preparing motions and briefs.
Prepared numerous briefs and arguments for appeals to the Board of Imimgration Appeals and Federal Circuit Courts.
Prepared and filed applications with USCIS, including naturalization, adjustment of status, extenstion/change of status, and work-related visas.
Advised Kansas and Missouri criminal defense attorneys about potential immigration consequences of criminal charges.
Served as liaison between the Missouri-Kansas AILA Chapter and the Kansas City Immigration Court.
PUBLICATIONS & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
Author, “Keeping Them Safe: Preparing an Asylum Trial from Start to Finish” published in Navigating the Fundamentals of Immigration Law: Guidance and Tips for Successful Practice, 2016-17 Edition
Author, Various immigration court motions and templates published in AILA’s Immigration Litigation Toolbox, 5th Ed. (2016)
Speaker, “BIA Appeals,” 2018 Conference for the Missouri-Kansas AILA Chapter, 2018 (Panel Discussion)
Speaker, “Immigration Bond Hearing Training,” Deportation Defense Legal Network, 2018 (CLE)
Speaker, “Preparing the Evidence,” 2017 Asylum Colloquium, The Clinic at Sharma-Crawford Attorneys at Law (Panel Discussion)
Speaker, “Preparing an Asylum Trial from Start to Finish,” 2016 AILA Annual Conference (Panel Discussion)
Speaker, “Current Issues in Immigration Law for all Practitioners,” KCMBA, 2016 (CLE)
Speaker, “A General Practitioner’s Guide to Representing Immigrants,” Kansas Bar Association, 2015 (CLE)