Scott M. Pearson concentrates his practice in complex commercial litigation and consumer law. He has successfully defended or favorably settled more than 70 class actions and hundreds of other significant matters. Clients value his practical and efficient approach to dispute resolution, which is driven by the client’s objectives and a comprehensive early assessment of the facts and strategic options.
Mr. Pearson is a leader in the defense of consumer class actions and governmental enforcement actions, representing a wide variety of clients in state and federal courts throughout the United States. In addition to defending financial institutions ranging from the largest commercial banks and credit card companies to community banks and specialty finance companies in these cases, he also represents many other types of firms that regularly deal with consumers and small businesses. He speaks and writes frequently on class action issues, and played a significant role in drafting Proposition 64, an initiative measure which significantly reformed California’s Unfair Competition Law.
Mr. Pearson also regularly handles other types of complex litigation, including claims against directors and shareholders, securities class actions and arbitrations, antitrust cases, intellectual property disputes, false or misleading advertising claims, data security and privacy matters, real estate cases and large contract disputes.
Mr. Pearson has a growing regulatory and compliance practice. He regularly advises some of the world’s largest financial institutions on a wide variety of regulatory and statutory compliance issues, including how to respond to inquiries from regulators and state Attorneys General. He also works with in-house counsel on matters ranging from revising existing agreements and disclosures to minimize class action and other risks to building new consumer businesses from the ground up.
Mr. Pearson chairs the Firm’s Los Angeles pro bono practice and is actively involved in the community. He is the General Counsel of the Green Beret Foundation and also represents the Special Forces Association, individual veterans and the Exotic Feline Conservation Center on a pro bono basis. Mr. Pearson is a member of the Board of Governors of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and co-chairs an annual gala which has raised millions of dollars for cancer and cardiac research during his tenure.
Executive Committee, Board of Governors, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, 2007-present
Pro bono General Counsel, Green Beret Foundation
ADMITTED TO PRACTICE
U.S. District Court, Central, Southern, Northern, and Eastern Districts of California, Districts of Arizona and Colorado; U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; U.S. Supreme Court
J.D., University of Southern California Law Center, 1994
Editor-in-Chief, Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal;
Editor-in-Chief, Major Tax Planning
B.A., cum laude, Claremont McKenna College, 1990