Jeff E. Scott

Jeff E. Scott

Shareholder

Jeff E. Scott is the Co-Managing Shareholder of the Los Angeles office and is a member of the firm’s Litigation Executive Committee. Jeff handles sophisticated litigation matters and has served as lead trial counsel for clients in many cases tried before judges, juries and arbitrators.  

For many consecutive years, Jeff has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers magazine as a top commercial and class action defense attorney, and he has consistently been rated "Preeminent" by Martindale-Hubbell.

Concentrations

  • Class action and unfair competition defense
  • Entertainment and intellectual property litigation
  • Complex commercial litigation
  • Partnership and corporate disputes
  • Real estate litigation
  • Alternative dispute resolution

 

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Capabilities

Experience

  • Represented major music label in federal court jury trial involving claims of copyright infringement and for violation of Lanham Act.  After two week trial, judge granted Rule 50 motion. 
  • Tried to jury and obtained full defense judgment for major motion picture studio on claims seeking many millions of dollars for alleged tortious interference with contracts.
  • Tried Lanham Act case to verdict and obtained national product recall for brand distributor Brown Forman Corporation against Constellation Brands.
  • Published opinion confirming that defendants not liable under California's unfair competition statute or under the Lanham Act for "reverse passing off" for failing to credit the alleged author and editor of a motion picture. Williams v. UMG Recordings, Inc., 281 F. Supp. 2d 1177 (C.D. Cal. 2003).
  • Obtained precedent-setting decision in Federal Court in a test of liability for publication of third party material on the Internet under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The court ruled that the company was not liable for copyright infringement. Hendrickson v. EBay, Inc., etc., et al., 165 F.Supp.2d 1082 (2001).
  • Complete defense award in arbitration for multinational manufacturer in arbitration brought by major customer seeking to avoid contractual purchase obligations.
  • Multi-million arbitration award for claimant based on breach of obligations to allow claimant to fulfill multi-million dollar contract in China.
  • Defended division of public company client in regulatory action against state of California, resulting in trial victory declaring the challenged state action "null and void" and "invalid."
  • Defend publicly traded corporations in consumer class action and unfair competition litigations.
  • Obtained dismissal at pleadings stage on putative national class actions filed against major motion picture studios.
  • Obtained dismissal on pleadings of putative national class action alleged against entertainment company.
  • Defeated class certification for multiple clients in a variety of consumer fraud cases.
  • Prevailed on motion to dismiss (no leave to amend) in Lanham Act case brought by rock band against major country music star and a televised shopping network.
  • Represented major brands in trademark litigation matters.
  • Defended corporate clients in complicated trade secret and unfair competition cases.
  • Represented high-profile music songwriters, performers, producers and record labels in a variety of copyright, touring, record contract, right of publicity and other disputes.
  • Represented owners, developers and sellers in various contractual disputes related to the purchase, sale and use of commercial real property.
  • Prosecuted and defended sophisticated litigation arising in context of partnership and corporate dissolutions.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America
    • Commercial Litigation, 2010-2018
    • Litigation-Intellectual Property, 2011-2018
  • Listed, The Hollywood Reporter, "Top 100 Power Lawyers List," 2017
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Southern California Super Lawyers, 2006, 2011-2016
  • Listed, The Legal 500 United States, Commercial Litigation, 2015-2016
  • Listed, Variety, "Legal Impact Report," 2015
  • Featured, Los Angeles Business Journal, "Who's Who in L.A. Law," 2007
  • Rated, AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5

AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell DistinguishedSM and Martindale-Hubbell NotableSM are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards and policies.

  • Board Member, Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF)
  • Board Member, Public Counsel, Board of Directors
  • Chair, State Bar of California, Litigation Section, Annual Symposium Committee
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Association of Business and Trial Lawyers
  • Member, Century City Bar Association
  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member, Volunteers in Parole (organization assisting youth in their transition from juvenile facilities back into the community)

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., cum laude, University of Michigan Law School, 1986
  • B.A., Government, magna cum laude, Wesleyan University, 1983
    • Member, Phi Beta Kappa
Admissions
  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California