R. Christian Scott
Background & Education
R. Christian Scott is a
4th generation attorney in Monterey County. His great grandfather, Russell Walter Scott, born in 1895, was the District
Attorney of Monterey County in the 1930’s and Salinas City Attorney
for over two decades afterwards. His grandfather, Lionel Burr Scott, born
in 1918, was the District Attorney of Monterey County in the 1950’s.
Russell Walter Scott and Lionel Burr Scott also engaged in a private practice
together as a father-son team. Christian Scott's father, Russell Douglas
Scott, was a Deputy District Attorney in Monterey County and is currently
a Monterey County Superior Court Judge. Russell Christian Scott, born
on his great grandfather’s birthday, October 28, chose to pursue
the study and practice of law and continue the family’s proud tradition.
Christian Scott graduated from Palma High School in Salinas, California.
He attended the University of California, Santa Barbara where he earned
a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law and Society. Immediately thereafter,
he attended Monterey College of Law, his father's alma mater. While
a student at MCOL, he interned for the Monterey County District Attorney’s
office, where he gained key trial skills that laid the foundation for
his courtroom success today.
Experience & Areas of Practice
Christian Scott handles
criminal defense, and
personal injury matters. His demeanor combines the drive of a seasoned courtroom litigator
with the careful attention to detail of a legal scholar. Mr. Scott has
an innate understanding as to how others will perceive facts, and he has
the ability to present evidence in a way that is persuasive and convincing.
It's a talent that has ensured the successful results that his clients receive.
Christian feels that the key to representing clients effectively is listening
to them and understanding what outcome they hope to achieve. This commonsense
approach to representation has ensured him the loyalty of his many satisfied clients.
Recent Cases Handled
Recently, Mr. Scott was involved in a particularly contentious custody
case. His client came to him in dire need of help. She had given birth
to her child a mere 20 days earlier. At the time she first met with Mr.
Scott, the infant was in the custody of the 20-year old father, who had
the mother arrested by accusing her of domestic violence. This father
had used this as a means of obtaining temporary custody orders and was
requesting permanent physical custody of the infant. Within 2 days, Mr.
Scott was able to get family court orders returning the child to the mother
and ordering that the father have only supervised visitation. Christian
Scott then represented his client in the criminal case which arose from
the father’s original accusation of domestic violence. After a 5-day
jury trial, his client was found to be not guilty of the charges. Subsequent
to the jury trial, Mr. Scott returned to family court and obtained permanent
orders granting mother sole legal and sole physical custody of her child.
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