A Boise native and graduate of Boise High School, Scott graduated from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, where he studied math, physics, music, and French. Scott graduated law school from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. He returned to Idaho to begin his practice in 2001.
Scott started his practice with Hall, Farley, Oberrecht & Blanton. He handled complex civil litigation, primarily in the areas of employment, construction, insurance, and health care. He served as the primary attorney on hundreds of matters, including bench and jury trials in both federal and state district courts. He has also handled appellate matters pending before the Idaho Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. His clients included several large food service and agriculture companies, a local hospital, several insurance companies, and many small businesses in Southern Idaho.
In 2006, Scott decided to leave Hall Farley to pursue other interests. Beginning in August 2006, Scott taught high school math, physics, and theater at Riverstone International School, a private K-12 International Baccalaureate school, where he also frequently led wilderness backpacking trips for students.
In the summer of 2011, Scott left teaching to return to the practice of law. Since then, he has handled a wide array of matters for his Idaho clients, including consumer protection, family law, employment, personal injury, disability rights, and administrative claims.
In addition to his legal work, Scott tutors local students in math and science, plays drums and sings in several bands, trains for a half Ironman triathlon, and spends time with his two children.
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I get asked this question almost every day. Most lawyers have a quick, buzz-word answer: “family law,” “criminal,” “medical malpractice defense,” “corporate.” I don’t. My answer is that I’m a problem-solving attorney who strongly resists being pigeonholed. According to Merriam-Webster, a “pigeonhole” is a “neat category which usually fails to reflect actual complexities.” That’s my objection – real life and my clients’ real problems are far too complex to be stuck in a neat box.
Maybe the easiest way to understand what kind of lawyer I am is to look at what ties my clients together: they all face difficult, frustrating, painful, complex legal issues and they need help working through them from an experienced, thoughtful attorney. They all need help understanding and working through the complexities of both our legal system and the myriad of emotional, practical, spiritual, parental, and physical problems that go along with legal issues.
That’s the sort of attorney I strive to be: one that can truly help my clients reach the best solution for them, whether that is filing a lawsuit to try to rectify wrongdoing, defending a lawsuit that’s been filed against them, negotiating a joint parenting plan during a divorce, or perhaps counseling them on how to let go of the anger and hurt they feel without filing a lawsuit.
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