Derek Scott


Derek J. Scott is a Partner with Kasdan Turner Thomson Booth LLP, in the firm’s Irvine, California office. His practice focus is construction defect.

Derek has represented clients in complex litigation in numerous California state courts. He also has extensive experience in arbitration and mediation. After law school, Derek was appointed by the U.S. Court for the Central District of California as Clerk to the Special Masters in the Toyota multi-district litigation concerning unintended acceleration.

He earned his Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude, from Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa, California, where he attended the evening program while working full-time. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Philosophy and American Studies from Keele University in the United Kingdom. While at law school, Derek served as Editor-in-Chief of Whittier Law Review.

Derek’s professional affiliations include the Community Associations Institute (CAI) and the Educational Community for Homeowners (ECHO).

Awards & Honors

  • Whittier Law Review, Editor-in-Chief | 2008-2009
  • Dean’s Citation Award: outstanding leadership & service | 2010
  • CALI Awards: 8 classes
  • Dean’s Merit Scholarships | 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
  • Eugene Mills Scholarship | 2008
  • Certificate in Legal Writing

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • Just Try It!, 43 CAOC Forum 6, 12 (Nov./Dec. 2013)
  • Consumer Advocates Successful in Thwarting Legislation, 125 LA Daily J. 171, 8 (Sept. 4, 2012)
  • Funding Crisis: An Old-Fashioned Call for Revenue, 125 LA Daily J. 126 1 (June 29, 2012)
  • To Arbitrate or Not to Arbitrate, That is the Question, 125 LA Daily J. 70, 4 (April 11, 2012)
  • National Conference of Law Reviews, Panel Speaker | 2009
  • The Zen of Arbitration: Contracting for Judicial Review of Arbitration Awards, 29 Whittier L. Rev. 743 (2008)