Scott E. Johnson

Scott E. Johnson heads up the firm’s hospitality law department. As a lawyer with over 35 years of diverse legal experience, much of it as in-house counsel, Scott provides Moran Kidd’s hospitality and corporate clients with a unique business law perspective.

Scott concentrates his practice in the areas of hospitality law (hotels, restaurants, theme parks and related service companies), contracts and transactional matters, leasing, corporate and business law, employment law and trademarks.

Prior to joining Moran Kidd, Scott was the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Planet Hollywood International, Inc. and its more than 20 subsidiary and affiliated restaurant entities. In that position, Scott was not only responsible for the company’s legal department and worldwide legal affairs, but he was also in charge of the company’s human resources department. Previously, Scott also served as the Associate General Counsel for Bally’s Park Place Casino Hotel.  Scott holds the Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® rating, which is the highest possible rating for an attorney for both ethical standards and legal ability.

Bar Membership

Pennsylvania, 1980
New Jersey, 1987
Florida, 1991


Delaware Law School of Widener University, 1980
Wilmington, DE
J.D., Juris Doctor
cum laude

Rowan University
Formerly Glassboro State College

Glassboro, NJ
Bachelor of Arts
magna cum laude

Professional Associations

American Bar Association

The Florida Bar

New Jersey State Bar

Pennsylvania Bar

Central Florida Hotel and Lodging Association

Florida Restaurant Association

Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys

Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Military Experience

United States Navy Reserves, 1979 – 1984
Lieutenant, Judge Advocate General’s Corps

AV® Preeminent™ Rated

America’s Most Honored Professionals
Top 1%

America's Most Honored Professionals - Top 1%

University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management, (16 Years)
Adjuct Professor, Hospitality Law