James D ScottSan Diego divorce lawyer James D. Scott is a Board 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.

“I have been a client of Mr. Scott’s for 20+ years. I have used Jim’s law firm for our corporate filings, wills and living trusts. I have also recommended Mr. Scott to my friends for personal injury cases and have had a great response from them. He has always been fair and extremely thorough.”

Randy Aron

“I always feel confident when referring family law clients to Jim Scott. I’ve known Jim since law school. We’ve tried cases together. I’ve seen him prepare and work hard to make sure his clients’ interests are fully represented. When a client or a friend needs a family law attorney, Jim’s name is always first on my list.”

Michael J. Vallee, Esq.

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified Family Law Specialist

Designated “Expert” United States Department of Labor.

Qualified “Expert” California Superior Court.


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

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1981
  • Minnesota, 1995


Examples: Superior Court verdicts for abused children:

  • $750,000.00 SDSC No. 578139
  • $2,311,000.00 SDSC No. EC003511

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.