Scott L. Nokes, Attorney at Law, USCG (Ret.)


Scott is the owner of the Glencoe Law office.  Scott has a law degree (Juris Doctor) from Hamline School of Law (2010), a Bachelor of Science degree in Legal Studies from the University of Maryland (2002), a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from St. John's University (1997), and an Associate of Arts degree from the University of Phoenix (1992).

Scott retired from the U.S. Coast Guard in November of 2004 following over 20 years of active-duty military service where he earned numerous certifications including Federal Law Enforcement Officer, Pollution Investigator, Harbor Patrol Officer, Assistant Marine Casualty Investigator, Notice of Violation Issuing Officer, Master Training Specialist, and Coxswain.  Scott has been awarded multiple medals and awards by the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard, including The Commandant's Letter of Commendation with Operational Distinguishing Device.  While in the U.S. Coast Guard, Scott was stationed in San Diego, Long Beach, San Francisco, New York City, Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Duluth. 

Prior to the Coast Guard, from 1983-1992, Scott was a Sonar Technician in the U.S. Navy stationed in Yokosuka, Japan for two years on the USS Knox (FF-1052), in San Diego on the USS Berkely (DDG-15), participated the the Persian Gulf War, and graduated #1 in his class as an Acoustic Analyst.  At his final assignment in the Navy, Scott was a military instructor at the Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center Pacific located in San Diego, California, where he taught advanced sonar electronics repair and sonar operations.  Scott was a lead instructor, and part of the first team to train Greek and Pakistani Naval personnel regarding sonar repair and operations.  As a military instructor, Scott earned "White Badge" status, placing him in the top 10% of Navy instructors - and in 1991 was awarded the Master Training Specialist designator by the Admiral of Naval Training, Pacific Area.   

From 2004 to 2013, Scott was a part-time Professor of Criminal Justice at Brown College, and was nominated for the 2012 Employee of the Year of Career Education Corporation.  From 2005 to 2011, Scott was the Business Manager and Senior Paralegal at the Law Offices of Lenore L. Flinn, located in Hutchinson Minnesota.  From February 2008 - May 2011 Scott was a Law Clerk for the McLeod County Public Defender's Office.  In December 2011, Scott was appointed, by the Chief Public Defender for the First Judicial District of Minnesota, a Special Assistant District Public Defender (a volunteer position).  In June of 2013, Scott was hired as a part-time Assistant First District Public Defender. Scott also accepts court-appointed cases involving child protection matters, civil commitments, paternity, guardianships, and conservatorships.

In March 2012, Scott attended the Minnesota Public Defender's Sentencing Advocacy Institute, and in June 2011, Scott graduated from the Minnesota Public Defender's Trial School held at St. Thomas University.  From 2012-2016, Scott has been a volunteer judge/presiding judge for the Regional Finals of the National Law School Mock Trial Competition.

In March of 2017 Scott became a Board Member of McLeod Treatment Programs, an organization that provides children with quality care in a nurturing home-like atmosphere so they can become healthy and productive members of our community. Scott is a member of the American Legion and Veteran's of Foreign Wars, and gave the 2012 Memorial Day keynote speech in Lester Prairie, MN, sponsored by the Lester Prairie American Legion (Post 463). 

Additionally, Scott has passed the Minnesota Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) exam, was a member of the Hutchinson Rotary Club from 2004-2011, and was a member of the Hutchinson School Board from 2003-2007. Scott was honored to be selected to sing our National Anthem at the Minnesota Twins v. Texas Rangers baseball game on September 14, 1999 at the H.H.H. Metrodome.

Scott can be reached via email at or by telephone at (320) 864-4800.