Scott M. Malzahn

Top rated general litigation attorney in Los Angeles, California

Waymaker LLP
Scott M. Malzahn
Waymaker LLP

Practice Areas: General litigation, Intellectual property litigation; view more

Licensed in California since: 2003

Education: University of California Hastings College of the Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2007, 2013 - 2017

Waymaker LLP

515 S. Flower St
Suite 3500
Los Angeles, CA 90071 Visit website


Scott Malzahn’s practice focuses on business, tort and intellectual property disputes.  He has successfully represented clients at all stages of litigation ranging from pre-dispute resolution through trial and appeal. He has served as lead trial counsel and argued motions in both federal and state courts in California, as well as in other jurisdictions.  He teaches Constitutional Law at USC Gould School of Law and taught Civil Procedure at UCLA.  

Scott has extensive experience representing corporate and individual clients both as a plaintiff’s and defense lawyer.  Before joining Baker Marquart, he represented many of the country’s largest corporations at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and Howrey Simon in Los Angeles.  He then joined a boutique plaintiff’s contingency firm where he managed dozens of litigation matters ranging from personal injury matters to complex consumer class actions.  He has continued to draw upon these experiences at Baker Marquart where he represents both plaintiffs and defendants in an aggressive, strategic and cost-conscious manner.  

Scott has handled many high-profile cases.  He was a member of the trial team in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, which won a historic federal court decision striking down California’s ban on same-sex marriage as a violation of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  He also won political asylum for a young Iraqi boy and his family after CNN covered the story of a terrorist attack on the boy in dozens of news articles and on television. 

Scott graduated from UC Hastings in the top 1% of his class, where he won an intercollegiate moot court competition and received a prestigious scholarship from law school faculty.  He graduated summa cum laude from The College of William and Mary with a Bachelor of Science degree.

Practice areas

General litigation, Intellectual property litigation

Focus areas


  • 60% General litigation
  • 40% Intellectual property litigation

First Admitted: 2003, California

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Pro bono/Community Service:
  •  Instructor, Ropes Course
  • Vice President, Equality California
Educational Background:
  • The College of William and Mary, Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
  • Named as “Rising Star” by Los Angeles magazine, 2012 - 2016
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • “SB 491: Protecting Consumers’ Right to Join Together,” Daily Journal (June 25, 2012)
  • “The Alien Tort Statute: A Powerful Weapon Against Corporations Engaged in War Crimes,” Daily Journal (November 8, 2011)
  • “What November Means for California Justice,” Daily Journal (October 29, 2012)
  • “State Sponsorship and Support of International Terrorism: Customary Norms of State Responsibility”, 26 Hastings Int’l & Comp. L. Rev. 83 (2002)
  • Guest Panelist, American Psychological Association, Annual Convention (2011)
  • Key Note Speaker, Colorado GLBT Bar Association, Annual Awards Dinner (2011)
  • “Ninth Circuit Joins Other Circuits In Holding Corporations Potentially Accountable For War Crimes,” Los Angeles Daily Journal (November 8, 2011)
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Lecturer in Law, USC Gould School of Law
  • California
  • Northern District of California
  • Southern District of California
  • Central District of California

Office location for Scott M. Malzahn

515 S. Flower St
Suite 3500
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Phone: 424-652-7800


5 Years Super Lawyers
6 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2007, 2013 - 2017

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