R. Craig Scott

R. Craig Scott

Managing Partner
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Mr. Scott’s success in the representation of employers led to his being named “Lawyer of the Year” in 2020 by Best Lawyers® for Labor and Management in Orange County.

Mr. Scott is the senior partner of the management-side labor and employment law firm of Scott & Whitehead, which received a Tier 1 ranking in the 2020 and prior editions of the U.S. News - Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.”

Mr. Scott is also CEO and Founder of Executive Law Group, Inc., a law firm that represents senior executives and other professionals in transition. His success in the representation of executives led to his being named “Lawyer of the Year” in 2019, by Best Lawyers® for Employment Law-Individuals, Orange County.

In addition, Martindale-Hubbel, the most recognized lawyer-rating institution in the nation, has given Mr. Scott its most prestigious, AV® Preeminent™ rating for legal ability and professional ethics.

Mr. Scott is the author or co-author of three books, and over 75 columns and articles on employment law topics.

Mr. Scott graduated from the University of Utah's College of Law, where he received his J.D. Degree in 1978. He was a Member (1976-1977) and Articles Editor (1977-1978) of the Utah Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif.

Mr. Scott served four terms as Mayor, and 19 years on the City Council, of Laguna Hills, California. He was twice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Orange County Fire Authority, and its Executive Committee.

Practice Specialties

Executive Employment Agreements

A sophisticated employer wants its relationship with each senior executive unambiguously defined, all contingencies provided for, and...more

Executive Separation Packages

Employers must comply with state and federal laws, as well as with any contractual obligations (such as severance) they may have...more

Bet-The-Company Workplace Litigation
Potential damages, in some employment litigation, are of such magnitude that the employer's very survival is...more

Sensitive Investigations
Public Agencies...more
Private Employers...more

Public Sector Representation
Employment Litigation...more
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