Scott Law Firm was launched as a private practice in 1977. Since then, we have tried over 150 cases to verdict in California and Nevada, and handled in excess of 100 appeals.

Our Philosophy

Under the law, we are all equal. We all enjoy civil rights and liberties, and the right to live a peaceful life. But without enforcement, the laws designed to protect us all are mere words. When law enforcement cannot or will not ensure our personal rights, civil litigation provides a possible remedy.

At the Scott Law Firm, we are passionate and selective in the cases and causes we champion. Injustices invite a legal solution that is often not obvious. Working with our clients, we relentlessly pursue justice on their behalf.

Since 1977, the Scott Law Firm has protected individuals’ civil rights by holding accountable those who abuse their authority or position of trust. Although out history includes many multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts, our greatest successes are the cases that influence public policy and impact not only our clients, but also their families and communities.

Since 2003, we have broadened our practice horizons to help families navigate elder law and probate matters involving trusts and estates, conservatorships, and elder abuse. As we have all experienced, each family has its own unique history and, often, long-entrenched dynamics. At the Scott Law Firm, we approach all of our probate cases, whether involving a difficult decision to seek the court’s help to protect a vulnerable elder or working to ensure a deceased loved one’s last wishes are honored, in a way that respects and, if necessary, navigates, those unique dynamics through the process.

Meet Our Firm

At the Scott Law Firm, we handle elder abuse and probate cases involving difficult decisions to seek the court’s help to protect a vulnerable elder, ensure a deceased loved one’s last wishes are honored, and vigorously pursue wrongdoers in litigation.

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Cases & News

Published Decisions

Boyd v. Bechtel Corp., 485 F.Supp. 610 (N.D. Cal. 1979)
White v. City of Richmond, 559 F.Supp. 127 (N.D. Cal. 1982)
White v. City of Richmond, 713 F.2d 458 (9th Cir. 1983)
Roman v. City of Richmond, 570 F.Supp. 1554 (N.D. Cal. 1983)
Estate of Cartwright v. City of Concord, 618 F.Supp. 722 (N.D. Cal. 1985)
Estate of Conners v. O’Connor, 846 F.2d 1205 (9th Cir. 1988)
Schwartzman v. Valenzuela, 846 F.2d 1209 (9th Cir. 1988)
Estate of Cartwright v. City of Concord, 856 F.2d 1437 (9th Cir. 1988)
Fuller v. City of Oakland, 47 F.3d 1522 (9th Cir. 1995)
Gaston v. Colio, 883 F.Supp. 508 (S.D. Cal 1995)
Thompson v. Mahre, 110 F.3d 716 (9th Cir. 1997)
Jeffers v. Gomez, 267 F.3d 895 (9th Cir. 2001)
Estate of Ford v. Ramirez-Palmer, 301 F.3d 1043 (9th Cir. 2001)
Sepatis v. City & County of San Francisco, 217 F.Supp. 2d 992 (N.D. Cal. 2002)
Miles v. State of California, 320 F.3d 986 (9th Cir. 2003)
Estate of Imrie v. Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transp. Dist., 282 F.Supp. 2d 1145 (N.D. Cal. 2003)
Laurie Q. v. Contra Costa County, 304 F.Supp.2d 1185 (N.D. Cal. 2004)
Tennison v. City and County of San Francisco, 548 F.3d 1293 (9th Cir. 2008)
Antoine v. County of Sacramento, 583 F.Supp.2d 1174 (E.D. Cal. 2008)
Tennison v. City and County of San Francisco, 570 F.3d 1078 (9th Cir. 2009)
Vinatieri v. Mosley, 787 F.Supp.2d 1022 (N.D. Cal. 2011)
A. D. v. State of Cal. Highway Patrol, 712 F.3d 446 (9th Cir. 2013), cert. denied, 134 S.Ct. 531, 187 L. Ed. 2d 394 (Nov. 4, 2013)

Alarcon v. Murphy, 201 Cal.App.3d 1 (1988)
Baber v. Napa State Hosp., 209 Cal.App.3d 213 (1989)
Kagy v. Napa State Hosp., 28 Cal.App.4th 1 (1994)
Flannery v. California Highway Patrol, 61 Cal.App.4th 629 (1998)
Lawler v. Jacobs, 83 Cal.App.4th 723 (2001)
Milligan v. Golden Gate Bridge Highway & Transp. Dist., 120 Cal.App.4th 1 (2004)
Mendoza v. Town of Ross, 128 Cal.App.4th 625 (2005)
Quiroz v. Seventh Ave. Ctr., 140 Cal.App.4th 1256 (2006)
O’Dea v. Bunnell, 151 Cal.App.4th 214 (2007)
Schaffer v. City and County of San Francisco, 168 Cal.App.4th 992 (2008)
Chan v. Judicial Council of California, 199 Cal. App. 4th 194 (2011)
Edgerly v. City of Oakland, 211 Cal. App. 4th 1191 (2012)
McVeigh v. Recology San Francisco, 213 Cal. App. 4th 443 (2013)

Our Partners

Like-minded advocates collaborate in our quest for justice. We are fortunate to have many esteemed colleagues in our circles. We welcome co-counsel and amici to join us. Please contact Liza de Vries.