Scott Emblidge

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in San Francisco, CA

Moscone Emblidge & Otis LLP
 | 220 Montgomery Street, Suite 2100
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: 415-362-3599
Fax: 415-362-2006
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2009, 2011 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1985
Education: Harvard Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (20%),
  • Land Use/Zoning (30%),
  • State, Local & Municipal (20%),
  • Appellate (10%),
  • Constitutional Law (10%),
  • Real Estate: Business (10%)
Attorney Profile

Scott Emblidge is the co-founder and managing partner of Moscone Emblidge & Otis LLP based in San Francisco, California. Assisting individuals, businesses and government entities throughout the state, he focuses his practice primarily on complex civil litigation, including trade secrets, real property disputes, land use and environmental claims and fraud. Mr. Emblidge also provides advice and counsel to clients who are seeking local or state government contracts or permits.

A 1982 graduate of California State University, Fullerton, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in political science, Mr. Emblidge pursued his legal studies at Harvard Law School and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1985. After graduation, he spent several years with the Office of the City Attorney of San Francisco, where he advised city officials and regulatory agencies on a variety of matters including civil rights, disability access, freedom of speech, affirmative action, and state and federal preemption issues. He also represented the city in high-profile lawsuits before co-founding his current firm in 1998. Admitted to practice in California, Mr. Emblidge is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Since entering private practice, Mr. Emblidge has gained the respect of his colleagues for his superb ethics and successful track record. Among his achievements are an AV Preeminent* peer-review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 "Superb" peer-review rating through Avvo. A mediator for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Mr. Emblidge is frequently invited to deliver presentations to groups of fellow attorneys on topics related to his practice areas, including e-discovery, land use and the California Environmental Quality Act.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 20%Business Litigation
  • 30%Land Use/Zoning
  • 20%State, Local & Municipal
  • 10%Appellate
  • 10%Constitutional Law
  • 10%Real Estate
Focus Areas

Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements, State, Local & Municipal Litigation, Appeals


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Super Lawyers: 2009, 2011 - 2020

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About Scott Emblidge

Admitted: 1985, California

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  • Recognized in the Northern California edition of Super Lawyers
  • AV-Preeminent rating, Martindale Hubbell
  • One of San Francisco’s Top Rated Lawyers, American Lawyer Media

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • United States District Court, Northern District of California, Mediator

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Presenter, Santa Clara County Counsel’s office on Recent Developments in E-discovery, 2016
  • Presenter, County Counsel’s Association on the Voters’ Role in Land Use Decisions, 2014
  • Presenter, Public Works and Contracts Section of the County Counsel’s Association on Navigating CEQA, 2014
  • Presenter, California State Bar’s Public Sector Conference on Post-Employment Benefits: Vesting, Impairment, and Bankruptcy, 2013


  • Dispatch & Tracking Solutions, LLC v. City of San Diego, 2016 WL 1407739 (Cal. Ct. App. 2016)
  • Associated General Contractors of America v. California Dept. of Transp., 713 F.3d 1187 (9th Cir. 2013)
  • Air Transport Ass’n of America v. City and County of San Francisco, 266 F.3d 1064 (9th Cir. 2001)
  • Scheinberg v. County of Sonoma, 2014 WL 5305857 (Cal. Ct. App. 2014)
  • Wolfe v. City of Fremont, 144 Cal.App.4th 533 (2006)
  • Sierra Club v. City and County of San Francisco, 2015 WL 5724809 (Cal. Ct. App. 2015)
  • Coral Const., Inc. v. City and County of San Francisco, 50 Cal.4th 315 (2010)

Educational Background:

  • California State University at Fullerton, B.A., Major: Political Science, Honors: Highest Honors, 1982
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Office Location for Scott Emblidge

220 Montgomery Street
Suite 2100
San Francisco, CA 94104

Phone: 415-362-3599

Fax: 415-362-2006

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Last Updated: 3/24/2020

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