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Scott A Macleod

Bankruptcy and debt Attorney at Phoenix, AZ

4.4   37 reviews
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State AZ
    Acquired 2010
    Status
    Disbarred Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2019

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2019. See details

About Scott

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Scott A. Mac Leod has been an advocate, officer of the court, and attorney in the Maricopa County Justice System for over a combination of ten years. During this span, Scott has dedicated his professional life to ensuring the rights of the indigent, the disabled and clients who deserve another chance.

 

In 1997, Scott graduated from Arizona State University and was a member of the English National Honor Society. Shortly after graduation, Scott joined the Maricopa County Adult Probation Office where he was promoted to an Adult Probation Officer II. During his tenure with the Probation Department, Scott authored presentence reports to the Maricopa County Superior Court and supervised a caseload of over seventy adult felony offenders. While working as a full-time probation officer, Scott also worked on a master’s degree in Education in Criminal Justice with Northern Arizona University, which he completed in 2001.

 

With a deeply entrenched desire to help the community, Scott gained employment at the Maricopa County Public Defender’s Office as a mitigation specialist. While entrusted with providing written and oral reports to the Maricopa County Superior Court, Scott was once again promoted; in 2003 Scott began working as a Capital Case (death penalty) mitigation specialist. For over five years, Scott advocated on behalf of clients charged with crimes ranging from simple drug possession to first degree homicide. Similar to his time spent at the Probation Department, Scott furthered his educational desires by attending evening classes at the Phoenix School of Law (P.S.L.). In 2008, Scott graduated from P.S.L. Although his accomplishments in law school are numerous, it should be noted that Scott was the winner of the Phoenix School of Law’s 2007 school-wide, appellate competition and he was the first student in P.S.L.’s history to author and submit a brief to the Arizona Court of Appeals.

Scott’s involvement and enthusiasm for the law continued after his graduation.

 

While employed as a full-time associate attorney at a firm in the West Valley, Scott represented dozens of clients charged with crimes such as: DUI, Aggravated DUI, Burglary and a host of other felony charges. Scott is also licensed to practice in Federal Court and has counseled clients on the intricacies of filing Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies. In addition, Scott has represented clients in family law proceedings and is well versed in family matters such as child support calculation and parenting time requirements. Scott’s accomplishments in court include, but are not limited to efficacious dismissal of criminal charges, successful Motions to Set Aside Judgment and mitigated sentencing decisions.

 

Since, 2009 Scott has worked as an assistant professor with the Apollo Group (the University of Phoenix and Western International University) by teaching “on-ground” classes in criminal justice and ethics. Recently, Scott was hired by the Gila River Indian Community to act as a hearing officer and preside over disputes between former employees and the Community.

Scott has been an Arizona resident for over thirty years and is well-established family man who currently resides in the East Valley.

 

Scott A. Mac Leod, M.Ed., J.D., Managing Attorney, AZ Office. AZ Bar: 028130. Admitted to practice law only in Arizona. Practice in other jurisdictions is limited to Federal law consistent with the rules of professional conduct of the jurisdiction.

Location

MacLeod Peterson, PLLC
4700 South Mill Avenue
Suite 5
Phoenix, AZ, 85282

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Reviews

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Posted by Celeste Kovach | January 16, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Thank you
Mr Macleod called me with in 30 mins of me submitting a question to him. Answered my questions and offered me a meeting for a free consult.
Posted by anonymous | December 14, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
very helpful and gave excellent opinions
called Scott over the phone regarding the divorce case i'm about to file, he was very thoroughly and suggest some steps i could do. said nothing specific about what is going to happen since no one know but he gave his inputs on what he thinks the court will do. He is very friendly and knowledge lawyer and offer to meet half way for a in person consul for free
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Posted by anonymous | November 29, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Child support is a mess
Ex sasys I owe 30,000 in child support but that is not correct. Talked to Scott and he gave me some tips for free. Looks like i can get it changed. If i can't, will get Scott to help me out.
Posted by anonymous | October 28, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Stuart and Scott made things easier
We learned so much! Thanks Stuart and Scott. At first, me and the kids were scared. But they answered our questions and things look better. Tomorrow is a new day but for right now, I think i get parenting time and decision making.
Posted by Lorelie | October 6, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Family Law Advice
Scott called us back very promptly and extended lengthily, in depth and practical advice that help us tremendously! We appreciated his generosity in giving his time and efforts knowing he would not collect a fee.
Posted by anonymous | September 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent financial advice
Our case was very confusing. We had lots of back alimony and child support that could have cost us thousands. Scott explained what would happen if we had to pay it all then talked to my ex. He helped all of us understand that getting a deal done last week would be better than dragging on forever. Everybody saved money.
Posted by anonymous | August 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Scott put us all at ease
My ex was being a real pain. Scott took the time to explain to all us what would happen and it made sense. After a few months, we came to an agreemeant and we believe the kids are now better off. We recommend Scott.
Posted by anonymous | June 3, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great consultation
Scott was informative and answered all my questions. He was kind and considerate about my situation. I would definitely recommend him to others.
Posted by anonymous | January 11, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Helped me collect child support
For almost 2 years, my ex refused to pay child support. I did not know what to do. At first, Scott gave us some self help papers. We did the best we could but needed more help. After a free talk, we asked Scott to help us. We went to the judge and finally my ex is paying.
Posted by anonymous | January 8, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Scott saved us $10,000
Last summer, Scott helped us with some big debts. We were afraid we could lose our home and get our wages garnished. But Scott convinced our creditors to get of our backs and settle for pennies. He and his firm were always ready to take a phone call. Thank you.
Posted by Cindi | September 21, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Absolutely wonderful
I spoke with Scott about my issue and he was very helpful. He seems like a very caring person and cares about victims rights. I highly recommend using him for you legal matter.
Posted by Denise | August 18, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Scott was looking out for us
Mr. MacLeod offered me free assistance in finding my ex's wages and income. I did not realize the tools that were available to me, a single mom. But because of Scott's help, I now know that I am not alone in my continuing challenge.
Posted by Lucinda | July 6, 2015
Helped bring our brother home
Mr. MacLeod, My family and I would like to express our thanks for helping our brother/son. We were so very happy to see our brother return to his home within the four sacred mountains. It was a joyful and tearful day for us all. Again thank you very much. I was so happy to see my parents welcome their son home. We hope to have many more visits with our brother/son. Thank you,
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Response from Scott Macleod July 7, 2015
Thank you Lucinda. All too often, clients get "lost" within the bureaucracy of the probation department. An attorney and good law firm are essential to make sure your rights are being fought for regardless of where a client is in the system.
Posted by waytomuch | June 25, 2015
Highly Recommend
I posted a question on Avvo and Scott Macleod graciously went out of his way to respond. My issue was in regards to a student loan that my wife had co-signed previous to us being married. The law firm representing the student loan attached me to a separate law suit stating ARS 25-215 and case law within AZ, a joint property state, obligated me to this debt. Scott provided a free consult, so I called and we discussed the case. I found him to be extremely well versed in this legal matter. He gave me brilliant and sound advice. Although I did not have to retain Scott in this matter, his advice and guidance was so sound that after talking to the other attorneys they dropped the case against me. Should I need to seek legal advice again, I will definitely be contacting Scott and his firm.
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Response from Scott Macleod June 27, 2015
Thank you so much. It was our pleasure. Many clients, such as yourself may be faced with predatory creditors and the firms that represent them. Very often, contact or communications with the creditor or plaintiff's firm can make all the difference Congratulations!
Posted by Edward J. Burse | March 6, 2015
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| Consulted Attorney
security guards
Yes. I did recommend him to a family member and a personal friend already. He reviewed my case based on the information that I gave him not on my finances.
Posted by tony | January 10, 2015
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| Consulted Attorney
review
Scott was very helpful and answered all my questions and let me know if I need anymore help not to hesitated to call him. I would recommend this law firm to anyone .
Posted by tony | January 7, 2015
auto accident possible judgement
Scott call me and discussed with me my problem made me feel at ease and told me to call him anytime if I need help I would definitely use Scott if I needed a lawyer.
Response from Scott Macleod June 27, 2015
Thank you Tony. All too often, even your own insurance company is not looking out for our needs, as the insured. A little "push" from an experienced lawyer and law firm can make a world of difference. Congratulations!
Posted by Pat | December 17, 2014
PEW LAW CENTER
I found Pew Law Center to be very accessible and helpful with all my concerns and questions. They were extremely patient with me when it came to getting all of my documents together. Attorney Scott Macleod and paralegal Natallia were especially attentive, helpful and kind. When you are facing bankruptcy it is very difficult to face that decision head on. I so appreciated the warm and caring way they answered my many questions, guided me through the process and made me feel at ease. I highly recommend them.
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Posted by Brent | December 12, 2014
More than happy to provide
. The team at Pew Law Center helped to ease my nerves and walked me through the process. From the start, they were very understanding of my situation and Natalia assisted me with submitting the petition, taking the time to go over everything with me to make sure everything was in order. Scott MacLeod, the attorney that represented me, took the time to prepare me for the meeting with the Trustee and to outline the steps I needed to take leading up to it. On top of that, any question I had during the whole process was answered promptly, easing my concerns.
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Posted by heather | October 23, 2014
scott was excellent
Scott helped me with some criminal law as well as a family court case. Very professional and I always know who I'll call if I ever need an experienced attorney again!
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
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AVVO RATING 1.0 (Extreme Caution)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2019.

Disbarment issued in AZ, 2019
updated on 06/19/2019

Disbarment is the most serious penalty for a lawyer. If this attorney is currently practicing law, you should contact the Arizona State Bar to understand the reasons for disbarment.

Work Experience

  • Partner / Managing Attorney
  • MacLeod Peterson, PLLC
  • 2014 - Present
  • Managing Attorney
  • MacLeod Law, LLC
  • 2012 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Pew Law Center, PLLC
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Attorney
  • Nielsen Law Group
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Attorney
  • Price and Associates
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Assistant Professor
  • Apollo Group (Univ of Phx and WIU)
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Law Clerk
  • Maricopa County Public Defender’s Office (DUI and Vehicular Division)
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Extern
  • Arizona Attorney General’s Office
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Mitigation Expert and Death Penalty Mitigation Expert
  • Maricopa County Public Defenders Office
  • 2001 - 2007
  • Maricopa County Adult Probation Officer II
  • Maricopa County Public Defender's Office
  • 1998 - 2001
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Education

  • Phoenix School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • Northern Arizona University
  • M.Ed.
  • 2001
  • Arizona State University
  • B.A.
  • 1997

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Pierce v Williams
  • Father received 50/50 parenting time. Exactly what he desired.
  • Martinsen v Cerasani
  • Opposing party's complaint dismissed; case settled
  • Morris v Morris
  • Our client got opposing party's petition dismissed
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Associations

  • State Bar of Arizona, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Community Legal Services (Arizona)
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2013 - Present
  • Channel 12 - Lawyers on Call
  • Attorney
  • 2012 - Present
  • University of Phoenix / Western International University
  • Assistant Professor
  • 2010 - Present
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Arizona Bar Association
  • Family Law Section
  • N/A
  • Arizona Bar Association
  • Bankruptcy Section member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Honored Pro Bono Attorney - Financial Distress Clinic
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • 2014
  • Avvo Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Avvo Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2012
  • Appellate Competition Winner
  • Phoenix School of Law
  • 2007
  • Distinguished M.Ed.
  • Northern Arizona University
  • 2001
  • English National Honors Society
  • Arizona State University
  • 1995
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Private Group Event
  • Restoring Rights & Relief from Judgment
  • 2012
  • Private Group Event
  • Criminal Defense
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

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Given (65)
Endorse Scott
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"This lawyers credentials speak for itself. What are you waiting for? Hire him!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Scott Macleod. Hard working and skilled attorney who is dedicated to the success of his clients. He is a respected member within the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. MacLeod is a very talented attorney with knowledge across a broad spectrum of practice areas. He is very dedicated to his clients and achieves excellent results on their behalf. He provides excellent advice to those seeking guidance on Avvo. I highly recommend Mr. MacLeod."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Macleod. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who produces great results in representing clients! I want all people with legal problems to contact him first."
Family Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A top-notch attorney, highly respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this Scott. He is a highly respected lawyer. He knows the law and fights hard for his clients."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott is exactly the kind of no nonsense, straight forward, attorney that all clients need and only some actually get.. I endorse this lawyer."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"There is no denying it -- Scott A Macleod is a deep thinker and his advice is kind, carefully considered, and yes, unique, as his vast experience brings a different perspective to solving legal problems. I am honored to endorse Mr Macleod."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott is a dedicated attorney who provides superior representation to his clients and is an asset to the AVVO community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Macleod is a respected and knowledgeable attorney who goes the extra mile for his clients."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. His answers to questions posted on AVVO are thoughtful and thorough."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Tough, talented and thorough litigator."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Scott. Highly respected in the legal community with a strong reputation for client advocacy and dedication."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer with no reservation. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community. Very hardworking and diligent. Consistently achieves superior results. Advice is always practical and on point. I recommend to anyone looking for an attorney who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of clients and achieving the most favorable result possible.I endorse this lawyer.I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Scott . He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
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Phoenix Bankruptcy and debt Lawyer Scott A Macleod
Scott A Macleod
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
Phoenix, AZ
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This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2019. See details