J. Scott Smith

Senior Counsel

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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.



  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (J.D.)

  • College of Idaho (B.A.)

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