Scott A. Wissel is General Counsel and Chair of the Litigation Department for the Kansas City office of Lewis Rice. Scott is an experienced trial attorney, representing and counseling clients in a diverse range of civil disputes including real estate and construction litigation, consumer banking litigation, loan enforcement, receivership and workout matters, and contract disputes of all kinds. He also regularly advises the firm and its attorneys on matters of legal ethics, professional responsibility, and risk management.

In his construction practice, Scott has experience representing national and regional homebuilders with construction defect claims, breach of contract/warranty claims, lien claims, and disputes and negotiations with local governments and codes administrators. In addition, he represents owners, builders, contractors, and property managers in commercial and residential construction disputes.

As an active member of his local and professional communities, Scott is a graduate of the Kansas City Bar Leadership Academy and has held various board positions with several local organizations including the Prairie Fund, Homestead Country Club, the Earl E. O'Connor American Inn of Court, and the Federal Court Advocates Section of the KCMBA.

Scott was selected for inclusion in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers® in 2015-2023 and in Best Lawyers® in 2022-2024.

Prior to joining the Firm, Scott served as a law clerk to the Honorable G. Thomas Van Bebber, U.S. District Court of the District of Kansas.

An avid baseball fan, Scott closely follows his Carolina Tarheels and the Kansas City Royals. He enjoys spending time with his wife Tessie and their three kids.

Practice Areas


  • Chicago-Kent College of Law (J.D., 1997)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (B.A., 1994)
    • Economics and English
    • Varsity Letters in Baseball and Fencing

Legal Background

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas, Law Clerk to the Hon. G. Thomas Van Bebber

Professional Affiliations

  • Earl E. O'Connor American Inn of Court (President, 2014-2015; Board of Directors, 2002-present)
  • Bench-Bar Committee, U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas (2014-2017)
  • Federal Court Advocates Section of the KCMBA (President, 2015; Board of Directors, 2008-2017)
  • Johnson County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association


  • U.S. Courts of Appeals, Eighth, 10th and 11th Circuits
  • U.S. District Courts, District of Kansas, Western District of Missouri, and Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • Missouri Bar
  • Kansas Bar

Charitable & Civic Activities

  • Volunteer, Harvesters Community Food Network