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J. Scott Smith



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J. Scott Smith has over 25 years’ experience in civil appellate and trial litigation. Prior to joining Young, Minney & Corr, Scott was the Appellate Practice Chair for Meyers, Nave Riback, Silver and Wilson. For several years, he was a litigation partner with Angelo, Kilday and Kilduff where he also ran the firm’s appellate practice. With both firms, Scott represented local government agencies throughout California in some of the most difficult and complex matters of the time. Scott has a wealth of experience handling complex writ proceedings including challenges to the constitutionality of legislation concerning the allocation of tax revenues, and defending cities and counties against challenges to their retiree health care plans. He was appointed as one of the lead defense attorneys who successfully defended a multi-million class action lawsuit which sought reimbursement of utilities users’ taxes from virtually every city in California. Over the years, Scott has argued multiple appeals in both state and federal courts in a wide variety of matters including labor and employment law, education law, civil rights litigation, constitutional law, environmental law, public contracts, and general tort litigation.


Scott received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1985 from the College of Idaho where he majored in both Philosophy and Zoology.  While at the College of Idaho, Scott competed on the school’s intercollegiate ski team.  After spending time as a ski instructor and race coach in Brianhead Utah, Mr. Smith attended law school at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. Mr. Smith received his Juris Doctorate degree from McGeorge in 1990, graduating with honors and was elected to the Order of the Coif.   While attending law school, he was elected to the Traynor Honors Society and made the dean’s list every year of his attendance.  Following graduation, Mr. Smith served as law clerk to United States District Judge H. Russell Holland, Chief Judge for the District of Alaska.