Scott Kording

If settlement is not possible, then a trial attorney’s foremost job is to advance his client’s position in court by bringing to bear before a judge or jury the full force of his expertise, communication skills, and persuasive abilities.

Scott Kording joined Meyer Capel in 2016 as a shareholder/partner after more than a decade of successful trial practice at the law firm he co-founded and managed (Campbell & Kording, Ltd.). As an attorney representing individuals and small businesses, Scott’s general trial practice focuses on criminal defense and traffic, family law, and general civil litigation.

At Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois, Scott was a Presidential Scholar, an Illinois Student Laureate, and a Robert G. Bone Scholar, which is the highest academic award given to undergraduate students at the University. His interest in developing his oral advocacy and trial skills grew from his time as the elected president of the student body and as captain of the mock trial team. He graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree, double-majoring in Management (Organizational Leadership sequence) and Political Science (Pre-Law emphasis), with a minor in Economics.

Scott studied law at the University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, where he graduated magna cum laude with his Juris Doctor degree. In law school, he earned the Harno Scholar designation and a record-breaking three separate Rickert Awards for Excellence recognizing his legal publication, oral advocacy, and trial advocacy work. He captained both the law school’s mock trial team and its national moot court team, and he received a wide variety of other honors and awards for his moot court, clinical, and legal writing work. Scott has been published in the University of Illinois Law Review, and he was a member of its Board of Editors.

In addition to his law practice, Scott has worked since 2006 for the Department of Politics & Government at Illinois State University, where he taught a Family and Domestic Relations Law course. As an Instructional Assistant Professor, he currently teaches the Trial Advocacy course and serves as head attorney coach of the University’s award-winning mock trial team. Scott also worked four years as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Illinois College of Law, where he taught trial advocacy skills and helped coach the law school’s mock trial team.

As a member of the McLean County Bar Association, Scott is active on several committees and is a frequent presenter at continuing legal education seminars. He recently completed a two-year term as chairman of the Illinois State University Attorneys Advisory Board. Away from the law, Scott is president of the board of directors for the Green Pastures Christian Retreat Center near Meredosia, Illinois.

Scott’s wife, Melanie, is an educator who earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Illinois State University. They have two young children, Genevieve and Gideon. The Kordings attend Grace Church and make their home in Bloomington-Normal.