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Scott Wm. Davenport serves as the firm’s general counsel and leads the firm’s 13 member Strategies, Writs, and Appeals Team. Mr. Davenport, a certified specialist in appellate law, has served as the chair of the California State Bar Committee of Bar Examiners and the Appellate Law Advisory Commission. He is an AV-Rated attorney and was selected by Los Angeles Magazine as a 2004–2006 and 2009–2015 Super Lawyer, a distinction awarded to no more than five percent of attorneys in a state who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Throughout this career, Mr. Davenport has served as the lead counsel in approximately 400 appellate matters, many of which resulted in published opinions involving cases of first impression, including a per curiam summary reversal in the United States Supreme Court. He has also written multiple amicus briefs on behalf of the Southern Poverty Law Center, a national organization known for its civil rights victories and tolerance education programs.

In addition to currently serving as an appellate settlement officer with the Second District Court of Appeals, Mr. Davenport has served as a judge pro tem in the San Bernardino Superior Court. Mr. Davenport recently co-authored a book for the Continuing Education of the Bar on the proper use of scientific evidence, is a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Daily Journal and has recently been featured in the State Bar’s Ad Campaign, “What Kind of Lawyer Becomes a Certified Specialist?” He also served as a legal consultant on the CBS television series “The Guardian,” an activity which resulted in the drafting of a recurring character for the program named “Scott Davenport.”

In 2006, Mr. Davenport was involved in three United States Supreme Court matters and one matter before the California Supreme Court. In 2007, Mr. Davenport was back in front of the High Court, this time obtaining a summary reversal in Rettele v. County of Los Angeles. From 2008 to 2010, Mr. Davenport filed multiple briefs in the California Supreme Court in the Marriage Cases, as well as an Amicus Curiae brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the subsequent constitutional challenge to Proposition 8.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Davenport served as a deputy attorney general with the California Department of Justice and as a judicial extern with both the California Court of Appeal and the United States District Court. Based on this background, Mr. Davenport is often called upon to defend the State of California and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in extraordinary writ petitions venued in the variety of trial and appellate courts throughout the state. Mr. Davenport is also a licensed real estate broker who provides practical advice to the firm’s real estate clients.

In 2011, Mr. Davenport authored a book on workers’ compensation appeals. He regularly presents on the topic of workers’ compensation appeals.

Fluent in Spanish, Mr. Davenport has coached youth baseball and soccer, and is a 32nd degree Mason and a Shriner. A long-time hockey fan, Mr. Davenport finally strapped on the blades himself seven years ago and has been playing ice hockey at least once a week ever since. On two occasions, he was fortunate enough to play in exhibition games immediately following an Anaheim Duck regular season game. He also recently competed in his first half marathon. Mr. Davenport and his wife of 25 years reside in Irvine with their three children.


Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Appeals: 75%
    24 years, 400 cases
  2. Litigation: 25%
    24 years



Hourly ($350-550/hour)

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  • Richard Burton Johnson

    Scott is an outstanding communicator and tactician. His substantive knowledge and practical approach is as good as it gets. I endorse Scott without hesitation.


    Richard Johnson Contracts & Agreements Attorney
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  • Robert Daniel Kelly

    I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Davenport provides good information and knowledge to the community. His written responses on Avvo appear to be very helpful.


    Robert Kelly Personal Injury Attorney
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Manning & Kass

801 South Figueroa, 15th Floor
Los Angeles, CA, 90017


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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certified Appellate SpecialistState Bar of California, Board of Legal SpecializationN/A
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Partner, Appellate DepartmentManning & Kass2000 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Committee of Bar Examiners, State Bar of CaliforniaChairman (2008-2009)2004 - 2009
Appellate Law Advisory Commission, State Bar of CaliforniaChairman (2002-2003)2000 - 2003
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Los Angeles County v. RetteleSummary Reversal at US Supreme Court
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Publication nameTitleDate
Lulu PressWorkers' Compensation Appeals: A Guide for California Claims Examiners2011
Scientific Evidence in Criminal Trials (CEB)Novel Techniques Subject to the Kelly Rule2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California - RiversideN/AOther - BachelorsN/A
California Western School of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Continuing EducationThe Runaway Jury2011