Scott Malzahn is a civil litigator, with extensive experience in intellectual property, anti-SLAPP law, financial technology, class actions, fraud and commercial 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. Scott regularly represents clients in federal and state court, as well as in disputes before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) and other arbitral bodies. He has successfully obtained favorable court decisions through motion practice, has tried cases to verdict, and has negotiated favorable settlements in order to achieve the client’s objectives.
In addition to his trial practice, Scott is regularly consulted on appeals. He has handled high-profile appeals in federal circuit courts around the country, and has authored amicus briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court that have attracted the attention of the Justices in oral argument. Recently, Scott won an important victory for a client before the California Supreme Court in a libel dispute in which the firm convinced the Court to reverse the appellate court’s decision. Based on the firm’s argument, the high court articulated a new legal framework for the “catch-all” provision in California’s anti-SLAPP statute.
Scott is actively engaged in the legal and political community and uses his talents to give back to the community. He was a core 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 on constitutional grounds. 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. He is the Vice President of Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organization.
The legal community has recognized Scott for his accomplishments. He has taught courses on Constitutional Law and Contracts to law students as an Adjunct Professor at USC Gould School of Law. He also has been recognized by his peers as a “Super Lawyer” in Southern California in 2019 and 2020. He was named a “Rising Star” from 2013 through 2017.
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.