|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Awards in Torts and Insurance Law||AMERICAN JURISPRUDENCE AWARD||1989|
|Partner||Daniels, Fine, Israel, Schonbuch & Lebovits||1991 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|State Bar of California||Member||N/A|
|Association of Southern California Defense Counsel||Member||N/A|
|Loyola Law School, Los Angeles||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1991|
|University of California - San Diego||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1987|
|National Corporate Meetings||Claims Handling||2013|
Posted by anonymous
Technically, Scott Leavitt was not "my" attorney, as I represented a client on the other side of the "v." But I believe my position as opposing counsel provides a perspective just as useful, if not more so, than that of a client.
I found myself initially frustrated with Scott’s sterling representation of his client, but that frustration ultimately transformed into a respect for his skill as a litigator and his approach to litigation. Though it has not happened often in my nearly 20 years of practice, over the course of the case, it became clear that Scott was an attorney I would recommend to others, including my own clients should a conflict keep me from handling a matter. I think the most telling recommendation is my certainty that if I needed a litigator to handle a matter for a non-legal business I also own, Scott would be the first I would contact.
Scott is truly a litigator's litigator -- it's that simple. His mastery of the critically important aspects of litigation -- which I believe to be documents and depositions -- is pitch-perfect. I had a front row seat observing Scott's ability to handle adverse witnesses at the numerous depositions held in our matter. More often than not, his "conversational approach" put the witness at ease and resulted in Scott getting the information he needed without much resistance (ergo my frustration). And in those instances where the witness tried to be difficult, Scott's tenacity with every question eventually led to an answer – and it was generally the one he sought. In our case, I was often in awe of his ability to steer a witness back to his targeted area of inquiry, regardless of the witness's intent on rambling down irrelevant paths of useless information. In my experience, Scott's command of the deposition is nearly unrivaled.
Scott's approach to the written aspects of litigation is equally impressive. He understands that written communications with opposing counsel serve a dual purpose as those same writings will likely be put before the court in support of, or opposition to, any number of motions. Any time he put pen to paper, he wrote to counsel with the court as his other audience. In doing so, his motions, like his correspondence, focused on the issue at hand, and he exhibited little interest in the grandstanding that is ultimately off-putting to most courts.
Throughout the course of our case, it also became clear that Scott is an amazing leader, supervising and working with a number of associates who had the good fortune of having Scott as their mentor. His team was incredibly focused and dedicated to the client and to Scott, which suggests Scott’s approach to his team is as on-target as his approach to the case at hand.
But it takes more than excellent litigation skills and a good team to make an attorney a great counselor. All too often, individuals skilled in litigation lose their effectiveness because they fail to factor in the business aspects of a case. But Scott brings what I can only describe as a keen insight of business into his litigation style. He simply refuses to get lost in the forest of litigation and lose sight of the trees of business. In our case, his detailed understanding of his client's business (and that of the other parties involved in the matter) ultimately led him to recognize the merits in my client's case against the other defendants, while continuing to pursue and secure his client's vindication.
If it is not clear yet, I will put it simply – Scott Leavitt is an amazing attorney with a set of skills and an approach to litigation that would enormously benefit any prospective client.
Posted by Andrew
Scott was able to "dig" into a large corporate maze of insurance paper pushers and found "the right person" that could correct a clerical error that almost cost my company a ton of money. Without Scott fighting for me, this "insurance snafu" could have put me out of business. I highly recommend Scott for his honesty, his integrity, his experience and his candor. He was always upfront and forthright with me, always explaining the positive and the negative of every action I wanted to take.
Posted by Charles
Had the pleasure to work with this great man for three years. I was thrown into the middle of a nasty situation with no knowledge of how it happen. Scott provided a secure and comforting environment as he sorted out the mess. He was very patient with me explaining all of the legal-ease and accusations my company was being assaulted with. When depositions were occurring, he performed like a champion protecting us from being tricked by the other side. In the end he saved my company from major exposure. I highly recommend him to anyone who cant afford to lose.....
Robert Moss, Litigation Attorney
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
I represented a plaintiff in a personal injury action in which Scott defended the matter aggressively in a most professional and ethical manner. During expert discovery, he demonstrated a remarkable breadth of knowlege of the complex medical issues involved. He was thorough and well prepared. He has excellent skills as a trial lawyer and was a formidable competitive adversary. He represented his client well. He is a most well qualified and competent attorney, and I strongly endorse him.