- Managing Shareholder
Scott describes himself as a real estate problem solver. He regularly represents property owners in disputes involving purchase and sale transactions, construction projects gone awry, difficult tenants, and boundary lines. He also advises homeowners involved in neighbor and co-owner disputes, including TIC and condominium conflicts. He litigates his cases in an effective, but aggressive manner, always focused on the client’s objective. His successes include a sizable number of jury verdicts, arbitration awards and victories via pre-trial motions and post-trial appeals. However, he also prides himself on his ability to resolve cases by agreement, even under the most difficult of circumstances.
Scott is also a contributing author to several chapters of the CEB’s
“Guide to Landlord/Tenant Practice,” an industry publication offering insight into law and procedure. He also speaks frequently at member meetings for industry groups, and most recently, has appeared as a presenter on a number of webinars and virtual meetings for real estate agents, property managers and others.
An Atlanta native and long-time East Coast resident, Scott came to the Bay Area after graduating from Tulane University in New Orleans. After earning his JD from Santa Clara University, Scott relocated to the Bay Area, where he resides with his wife, and two children, Jackson & Lyla. He enjoys watching the Giants (and A’s) win, sampling culinary delights throughout the Bay Area, and supporting live music.
Commercial landlord vs. commercial tenant – won, and collected, an eight-figure verdict in favor of landlord resulting from tenant’s early departure and breach of lease
Unlawful detainer actions -multiple jury victories obtaining possession of rental units for landlord clients involving both residential and commercial tenancies
Buyer vs. seller -obtained an arbitration award rescinding the sale of a single-family home based on non-disclosure, and a seven-figure payment to accompany it
Property owners vs. contractors – obtained multiple settlements between mid- and high six figures for property damage resulting from nearby construction projects
Owner vs. co-owners – obtained arbitration award enforcing CC&Rs in client’s favor and substantial award of attorneys’ fees
Areas of Practice
Real estate litigation -purchase-sale disputes; construction defects and property damage; boundary and easement disputes
Landlord-tenant -unlawful detainers (evictions); breach of contract actions; lease preparation and negotiation; wrongful eviction defense
Co-ownership disputes -partition actions; HOA and TIC matters
- U.S. District Court Northern District of California
- Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, California
- J.D. - 2005
- Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
- B.A. - 2000
- Honors: Tulane College Honors Program
- Major: Political Science
- An End-Run Around Antitrust Law: The Second Circuit’s Blanket Application of the Non-Statutory Labor Exemption in Clarett v. NFL, Comment, 45 Santa Clara L. Rev. 155 , 2004
- Contributing author, CEB guide to Landlord/Tenant Practice
Professional Associations and Memberships
- San Francisco Bar Association, Member, 2005
Pro Bono Activities
- Volunteer Legal Services Program, 2005
Honors and Awards
- Northern California Super Lawyers®, 2021
- Northern California Super Lawyers®, 2020
- Super Lawyers® Rising Stars - Real Estate, 2019
When it comes to real estate, we love a good challenge.