Scott Malzahn’s practice focuses on business, tort and intellectual property disputes. He has successfully represented Fortune 100 companies and individual clients at all stages of litigation, ranging from pre-dispute resolution through trial and appeal. He has served as lead trial counsel and argued motions in both federal and state courts in California, as well as in other jurisdictions. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at USC Gould School of Law where he teaches courses in Constitutional Law and Contracts. He previously taught Civil Procedure at UCLA. He is a Board Member of Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization.
Before joining Baker Marquart, he represented many of the country’s largest corporations at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and Howrey Simon in Los Angeles. He then joined a boutique plaintiff’s contingency firm where he managed dozens of litigation matters ranging from personal injury matters to complex consumer class actions. He has continued to draw upon these experiences at Baker Marquart where he represents both plaintiffs and defendants in an aggressive, strategic and cost-conscious manner.
Scott has handled many high-profile cases. He was a member of the trial team in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, which won a historic federal court decision striking down California’s ban on same-sex marriage as a violation of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. He also won political asylum for a young Iraqi boy and his family after CNN covered the story of a terrorist attack on the boy in dozens of news articles and on television. Scott has consistently been named a “Rising Star” by Los Angeles magazine from 2012 through 2016.
Scott graduated from UC Hastings in the top 1% of his class, where he won an intercollegiate moot court competition and received a prestigious scholarship from law school faculty. He graduated summa cum laude from The College of William and Mary with a Bachelor of Science degree. He was selected by his college faculty to join Phi Beta Kappa, and worked during college as a Ropes Course Instructor. He enjoys playing beach volleyball.