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John Scott Isherwood

Litigation Attorney at Walnut Creek, CA

5.0   8 reviews

also known as Scott Isherwood

  • Licensed for 28 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1995
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    General civil litigation with an emphasis in commercial real estate and business.

    27 years

  2. Business
    Representing clients related to business and commercial disputes.

    17 years

  3. Personal injury

    16 years

  4. Real estate
    Representing clients in property disputes.

    21 years

  5. Debt collection

    13 years

I am an experienced civil litigator and counselor. I offer legal solutions for businesses, associations and individuals and tailor our services to effectively solve legal problems based on each client’s unique needs and circumstances.


In representing clients, I thoroughly analyze each problem and provide realistic options to reach a satisfactory result. With an understanding of the issues and a defined plan, I have the experience and resources to solve these matters whether by informal communications, by mediation or arbitration, and/or by representation in a civil lawsuit resulting in a jury trial or appeal.

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Law Offices of J. Scott Isherwood
1990 N. California Blvd., 8th Floor
Walnut Creek, CA, 94596


5.0 / 5.0
  8 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | April 13, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Amazing Human being
I called 20+ attorney's yesterday. John is one person, he took 10min of his time and explained details around it.
Posted by anonymous | August 20, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Wonderfully Helpful
John quickly understood our challenges and the questions we had around them and graciously consulted on how to answer them. In the end, the agreement we worked out with our landlords was a win-win, and John was really helpful in making that happen.
Posted by anonymous | January 22, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent no-nonsense attorney
After having the misfortune of being involved in more than 3 unrelated lawsuits in the last 2 years, I retained Mr. Isherwood to handle my cases. Mr. Isherwood is an outstanding multifaceted attorney with the ability to quickly understand complex cases already in progress and provide excellent clarity in communicating with his client. This is not the first time I have had to retain an attorney, but it certainly is the first time I feel I retained an upstanding, highly skilled, responsive, and highly experienced attorney with excellent knowledge of relevant statutes and the ability to quickly respond and stand up to big-money law firms. Scott's ability really helped put my mind at ease. I won the first 2 cases. As for the third case, it was initially mishandled by another lawyer who was ultimately removed from my case. I again contacted Mr. Isherwood to help understand and clean up the giant mess left behind by the former incompetent attorney as well as help avert a complete catastrophe in my life brought on by a crooked mortgage servicer. In the courtroom I was amazed by Mr. Isherwood's lightning fast ability recall facts and quickly object to the opposing party. Also, in court he often recalled the facts about my case faster than I did and was able to use these facts to ultimately win my case against a larger lavishly-funded law firm. They say "Litigation is not a poor-man's sport", fotunately Mr. Isherwood has continually demonstrated a knack for averting long, drawn out and potentially expensive litigation and getting straight to the point. I have so far used Mr. Isherwood against a fraudulent "restraining order request" which he won, a fraudulent claim for defamation, in which I also prevailed, as well as litigation against a bad mortgage servicer for which he has continued to provide extremely valuable and helpful services that have helped avert multiple catastrophes instigated by much larger large firms and people with deep pockets. Mr. Isherwood has also been invaluable for general legal advice.
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Posted by Mark | December 15, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Title: Great person, very nice, patient, and helpful
I had a horrible tenant recently, who I needed to get out. Scott was very nice, and patiently advised me how to handle the problem legally. He took an genuine interest in my problem and spent the time to make sure I got the best result. He is very knowledgeable in law and communicated it in a way I could understand. His advice is practical and detailed. I highly recommend him for your legal needs.
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Posted by Deb | September 8, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best choice I ever made was to hire Scott
I was hit by a truck in a crosswalk in Davis, CA and found out later that the truck driver did not have insurance. As a result, I hired Scott as my personal injury lawyer to file an uninsured motorist claim with my insurance company. Throughout the whole process, Scott was reassuring, attentive, caring and on-the-ball. He took care of everything and always left every phone call with, “Take care of yourself and I will take care of everything else.” That’s Scott: he really, really cares about you, not just your case. His decades of past experience working with insurance companies, taking care of claims like the one that I was filing, was the whole reason I decided to hire him. He knew the entire process from start to finish and was not afraid to go to trial to get what we wanted. He is fair, honest and unabashedly willing to fight for you. I cannot recommend him more highly.
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Posted by Ilonah Angel | July 20, 2015
Helpful and all around GREAT
I am so thankful for this website. I had been searching for a lawyer for hours and was at the point of giving up until I found Mr. Isherwood on Avvo. He was so helpful and VERY knowledgeable. He was able to mediate the situation. He showed he cared and really wanted to help us out. Pros: -Trustworthy -Honest -Well Informed -Kind -Caring -Fair Priced -Helpful Cons N/A
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Posted by mary | January 31, 2015
He is my GoTo Guy
I have used Scott a couple of times when legal situations have arisen and I as a layperson simply didn't know what to do. He was kind, listened, did his research and then offered me options. Once, when it was out of his area, referred me on to someone who was a better match for that case. He has always let me know what was going on as soon as he knew, which can sometimes take a while. I have never been disatissified or felt as if there was something better that could have been done. I recommend him highly.
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Posted by Andy | January 30, 2015
Always there when needed
I worked with Scott and he was always there when needed. Didn't matter if it was a simple question or something more complex. He would get us the info we needed and never charged us for every little question Scott handled a variety of different cases and they always would come to quick resolution with great results. I would not hesitate to recommend using him for your legal needs
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Work Experience

  • Associate
  • McNamara, Ney, Beatty, Slattery, Borges & Brothers, LLP
  • 2003 - 2007
  • Associate
  • McDowell, Meshot & Shaw
  • 1999 - 2003


  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • University of California - Davis
  • undergraduate
  • 1988


  • Robert G. McGrath American Inn of Court
  • President
  • 2020 - Present
  • Robert G. McGrath American Inn of Court
  • Executive Committee
  • 2016 - Present
  • Robert G. McGrath American Inn of Court
  • 2011 - Present
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Robert G. McGrath American Inn of Court
  • President-Elect
  • 2019 - 2020
  • Alameda County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • Can Good Lawyers and Judges Still be Good People?”
  • Legal Ethics
  • 2015
  • Ethics
  • 2013
  • Sex,Lies and Yelping: Parameters of Libel and Legal Ethics
  • Legal Ethics and Defamation on the Internet
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (4)
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Litigation Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Scott and I had the opportunity to jointly represent a client in multiple matters. Scott was easy to work with, and he assisted me in ensuring our strategies were congruent, and helped me achieve a very positive outcome for our client in my case. Scott is very knowledgeable and a very effective litigator. I endorse this lawyer."
Real estate Attorney | Dec 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Isherwood is a dedicated and intelligent attorney."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"As general counsel for a small company, I oversee matters that we regularly refer out to Scott on behalf of our clients. We have enjoyed an excellent working relationship for several years, and I have great confidence in Scott's legal knowledge, as well as his abilities to advocate, negotiate and ultimately obtain consistently excellent results on his cases."
Real estate Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Scott for several years in presenting educational programs for lawyers. Scott is hard working and intelligent, and able to quickly understand and evaluate the issues. Of great significance in distinguishing a good from great lawyer, Scott is a warm and caring individual who will make you feel at ease in discussing your concerns. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Real estate Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Scott is an excellent lawyer with an incisive mind. I highly recommend him."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Scott is an excellent litigator. He's careful and thorough with great research and writing capabilities. He looks at all aspects of the case and addresses each of them. Highly recommend Scott."
Business Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Scott since law school. He has a sharp legal mind and is a talented attorney. You can trust him with your business and real estate litigation matters!"
Business Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott listens intently and appreciates the nuanced complexities of each client’s case. He seeks to find the most efficient, just, and cost-effective result for each client in each situation."
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