James-D-ScottBoard Certified Family Law Specialist focusing on complex cases in contested matters of divorce, alimony, child custody, child support, paternity, representation of families of professional baseball and football players, business evaluation and division. The defense of professional practices and separately held businesses in divorce.

James Scott is Professionally trained, qualified and experienced marital mediation where the husband and wife are willing to work together to share information about their finances and child rearing to bring closure to their marital problems out of court and out of the eye of the public.

We continue to accept a very limited number of cases representing injured children. We continue to represent parents wrongfully accused of abuse.

Most marital problems arise in middle class families as a result of issues with sex, money, or chemical dependency, or a combination of these issues. We understand the root causes and the desires of most people to keep these problems private.


Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified Family Law Specialist
  • Designated “Expert” United States Department of Labor.
  • Qualified “Expert” California Superior Court.

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1981
  • Minnesota, 1995


Divorces Involving Professional Practices and Family Businesses:

  1. Attorneys Law Practices
  2. Architects
  3. Doctors and Medical Offices
  4. Restaurants
  5. Ship Building
  6. Import/Export
  7. Manufacturing and many more.

Areas of Practice

  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Mediation & Collaborative Law
  • Child Support
  • Custody & Visitation
  • High Asset Divorce
  • Property Division
  • Business Valuation
  • Net Worth Valuation


University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego, California

  • Juris Doctor – 1981
  • Editor in Chief, The University of San Diego Law Periodical, 1981
  • Editor in Chief, SDIRC Handbook, 1995
  • Editor in Chief, SDIRC Handbook, 1996

Macalester College

  • B.A., Bachelor of Arts – 1977
  • Major: English Literature

Professional Mediation Training 1994, The Northern California Mediation Center

  • With Joan B. Kelly, Ph.D. and Nancy J. Foster, J.D.

Trial Lawyers College Palomar Warriors 1998, 1999, 2000

  • With Gerry Spence J.D., John Nolte, PhD., Don Clarkson ACSW, and Katyln Larimer, MSW


Associate, Holt and Baugh 1981 – 1983:

  • Family Law Practice in High Volume


Partner, Holt, Baugh and Scott 1983 – 1988:

  • Family Law Practice and Injuries to Spouses and Children


Partner, Scott and Wentz, 1988 – 1990:

  • A law firm specializing in family law, real estate and personal injury focusing on complex family law and tort injuries to spouses and children.

Contact Our Family Law Attorneys Serving The Greater San Diego Area

Is mediation right for you? To find out, contact our San Diego divorce mediation lawyers to schedule a consultation.
During that consultation you will learn how to effectively make disclosure and how to keep your case out of court.

Call 858-974-4900 now to make your appointment.


Credit cards are accepted.