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Scott Roberts Weaver

Litigation Attorney at Seattle, WA

4.9   23 reviews
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  • State Years
    Washington - WA 24 years
    California - CA 27 years
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1999
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1996
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Scott

Learn Scott’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    30%
    A large portion of my practice involves litigation pertaining to real estate disputes, business disputes, partnership disputes, defamation, landlord-tenant disputes, shareholder disputes, intentional torts, and any general business dispute.

    27 years

  2. Real estate
    30%
    My team and I handle both commercial and residential real estate transactions. We also handle litigation matters that pertain in any way to real estate: boundary disputes, brokerage disputes, adverse possession, ownership disputes, etc.

    27 years

  3. Landlord or tenant
    20%
    A large portion of my practice pertains to commercial landlord tenant disputes. My team and I also handle commercial leasing matters. I represent residential landlords. Rarely do I represent a residential tenant unless significant dollars at stake.

    27 years

  4. Construction and development
    10%
    Our team handles all aspects of construction and development matters. We represent some of Seattle's largest developers and contractors. Whether your need is transactional in nature or litigation, somebody on the team can provide you with service.

    27 years

  5. Libel and slander
    10%
    The last few years I have developed a niche in defamation matters. I have had two such matters go all the way through trial. In one, I obtained a $200,000 judgment. In the other, I obtained a $900,000 judgment.

    8 years

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My practice focuses on business and commercial litigation. A great deal of my work involves real estate disputes, landlord tenant disputes, construction disputes and general business disputes. I represent both large companies and small individuals. Some of my large real estate/development/construction related clients include the Benaroya Companies, Samis Foundation, Morris Piha Real Estate Services, Legacy Partners Commercial and Residential Real Estate, The Stratford Group, SRO, Schnitzer NW, Opus, Heger Architects, Forest City Residential, Tarragon and Western America.

When a client retains me to assist with a dispute, I fight to resolve the dispute in a manner that most economically benefits my client. Sometimes that involves fighting like a junk yard dog through trial. More often though, it involves being reasonable and cool headed while convincing the adverse party and his/her attorney of the merit's of my client's case. When I do my job correctly, the adverse party backs off his/her position and negotiates a resolution that most benefits my party. If I do my job correctly, we don't unnecessarily churn through thousands or hundreds of thousands of dollars in attorney's fees. My clients never say, "the only winners in the litigation were the attorneys."  

Awards

Client's Choice 2012
Client's Choice
2012

Location

Carney Badley Spellman, P.S.
701 Fifth Avenue
#3600
Seattle, WA, 98104

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  23 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2012
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | September 25, 2010
Very responsive and hard working!
We recently used Scott for a very difficult eviction and he delivered terrific results. We were referred to Scott after dealing with another attorney for several months. That attorney was happy to take our money but never made any progress. Scott rolled up his sleeves and went to work as soon as we contacted him. I knew right away we had found someone who was willing to work hard on our behalf. Scott's billing is fair and he earns every penny!
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Posted by anonymous | November 8, 2010
He's the best!
Scott helped us with a particularly difficult lawsuit. We had never been this situation before. He understood our needs and kept the hours as reasonable as he possibly could. He truly worked FOR us, keeping our emotional state and financial goals at the forefront. We would recommend him wholeheartedly.
Posted by Gung | March 28, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr. Weaver is a rock star
Scott is amazing! He litigated a big win for my case against one of my former tenants. My case was rather unique as the defendant was a lawyer himself, and basically told me if I decide to sue him, he will make it long, painful and expensive for me. I called a handful of lawyers but Scott was the only one that was passionate not only winning the case, but make sure the defendant understands his behavior will not be tolerated. Scott was mindful of my expenses and I efficiently brought an action against the attorney and in the end, he paid you every penny owed, interest and the great majority of your attorneys fees. I am very happy with my experience with Scott and his team and would definitely hire him again.
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Posted by anonymous | March 6, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great trial attorney who attains incredible results
A direct competitor to our business was posting defamatory information about our company online. Scott sued the competitor for defamation. Scott warned us all along that because we could not prove actual damages, the amount of damages awarded was completely within the discretion of the jury. He jokingly would say the jury can award you a ham sandwich and a cup of soup or $750,000. We spent seven days in trial. Scott took command of the courtroom from the beginning and maintained control throughout. In his closing argument, he asked the jury to award $750,000. He underestimated the power of his presentation of the case. The jury came back with an award of $900,000. Scott and his team are masterful at their trade. Highly recommend.
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Posted by Kerry | September 22, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Professional, Helpful, and Timely
I consulted with Scott regarding a legal matter and he provided dynamite service. Highly recommended!
Posted by anonymous | August 15, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney. Fights for what you want and gets you more
I would highly recommend Scott to anybody looking to litigate a complex real-estate or business issue. Not only did he excel in in all pre-trial phases, depositions, pre-trial motions, and negotiations, but when the case went to trial, he was the most prepared attorney in the room and expertly presented our case while dissecting the primary defendant. We used Scott to litigate a complex commercial real estate and defamation claim with a cantankerous neighboring business/co-tenant . The other party was trespassing on our property, bullying our employees and other tenants, and spreading lies about our company. The landlord was of no help as he was scared of the tenant, had previously lost a lawsuit against the tenant, and locked into a 10 year lease with the tenant. Scott won most of the pre-trial motions and obtained an award of sanctions against the primary defendant and his counsel. Scott vigorously tried to find a settlement, but the other party refused any reasonable settlement offer. Eventually, we were forced to try the case. In court, Scott put on an absolute show. He quickly won the respect of the judge and stood out above all the other attorneys in the room. Scott was full of energy, quick to craft arguments on the spot, and his preparation showed as he expertly navigated the complex real-estate and defamation issues. Watching Scott cross examine the primary defendant was like something out of a movie. By the time Scott was through with the primary defendant, every person in the room was absolutely convinced that the defendant was a liar and a bully. Even the bailiff and the clerk were glaring at the defendant. Going into trial, it was unclear if we would win our claims because of all the conflicting testimony. By the time Scott made his closing argument, we were sure that we had won our case. Eventually, the judge ruled in our favor on every claim, and gave us more money than we ever expected prior to starting trial. Throughout the whole process, Scott was conscientious about our expenses and always had our financial interests in mind. He pursued many different paths to settle the case, but eventually, we were forced by the primary defendant to try our case to the court. I would easily choose Scott again to try this case and fully plan on using him for any future real-estate or business disputes that we may have.
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Posted by anonymous | November 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hire Scott Weaver!
This review is long over due, Scott Weaver handled my real estate legal matters. I contacted several attorneys before him that said there was nothing they could do for me, and I thought I would never be able to move past the issue. He was absolutely amazing! He is worth every penny, and works very hard for his clients. He is most likely a workaholic, and is always answering emails when he should be relaxing! I highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | October 13, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
I sent Scott a late night message with my timely situation and then called him the next morning. He directly answered (fairly uncommon with lawyers) and told me he was busy but talked for a few minutes. He then told me he would carve some time out of his day between court appearances and we talked a few hours later.
Posted by Rick McGuire | July 22, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Knowledgeable, Helpful
I must admit I was a little skeptical that Avvo's low cost 15 minute lawyer consult could produce much. After all, most things that sound too good to be true really are too good to be true, right? Thus I was pleasantly surprised when I got a call from Scott Weaver and he answered way more questions on way more real estate and landlord/tenant issues than I thought possible. This guy knows his stuff, and even better, knows how to communicate and tell you the things you need to know in a very effective way. He knows the law, knows people, knows about the rental and real estate businesses and I think he would be an excellent choice for any tenant or landlord or purchaser or seller in need of assistance. I know I will be calling him again next time I have any questions. I feel very fortunate to have contacted him and to have talked with him. Definitely got my money's worth, and more.
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Posted by anonymous | March 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
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15-minute advice session
Great, very helpful.
Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
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Real Estate advice session
I got a call from Scott within 3 minutes of my submission. He was cordial and asked how he could help with my real estate matter, and I took him through the issue with enough background so he had the key talking points of our predicament. I asked him to be candid and to the point as I needed clear direction but more importantly to know what my options were. We covered a few scenarios and his advice was sound and he helped prevent me from doing something stupid, so I now have a clear plan on how to proceed and the call took less than 10 min. This was exactly what i needed and if I now need to proceed and require representation, I'll definitely call him and pay for his services. Thanks Scott!
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Posted by anonymous | September 20, 2014
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| Hired Attorney
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Real Estate advice session
Answered my questions.
Posted by vchervilova | December 24, 2014
Impressed with his work and super fast reply to any question / tenants eviction
On December 24th we did contact Scott regarding tenants eviction. I was very impressed to receive his instant reply on that same day just before Christmas! Obviously he works 24/7. No matter what day, no matter what time. We got instant answers to all our questions. I am very happy to have found him here!
Posted by Mark | October 20, 2014
Real Estate with Family Conflict
Scott represented myself and my mother in removing a vindictive lien submitted by a family member to prevent her from selling her home. Although it was not his usual land use or real estate case, Scott handled the emotional and family conflict issues professionally and was able to successfully remove all outside claims to my mother's estate.
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Posted by McDaniel | February 1, 2013
Persistence pay's
Scott assisted me in resolving a particularly troublesome real estate dispute. In fact, a few other attorneys had previously attempted unsuccessfully to resolve the matter for me. In short, I took title to a family property and allowed a family member to occupy the property as a tenant. No good deed goes unpunished, correct? The “tenant” stopped paying rent and sued me claiming that she owned the property. Scott sued to evict her. Scott succeeded after a two day eviction trial, and Scott then successfully defeated the quiet title action that the family member had brought against me. The family member appealed the decisions, but Scott helped me successfully navigate the appeals. The entire matter was grueling and emotionally draining, but Scott successfully resolved the dispute in my favor on all fronts. This was just about a two year battle and Scott PERSISTED until we won! Scott had my back allll the way. He'd be a wise choice for an Attorney.
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Posted by Wayne | October 5, 2012
Trustworthy and Effective
Scott was outstanding helping us through a difficult situation with a tenant. He went over everything carefully with us explaining in detail every step of the way but was respectful to billing time. He helped us achieve an outcome that was as positive as it could be in this situation. Scott was knowledgeable and offered insight from his experience as to how to proceed. We turned the matter over to him and he did a tremendous job. We highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | October 2, 2012
residential eviction process
Scott guided us through the ups and down of a difficult eviction process. He did an excellent job of looking after our best interests and persevered to gain a favorable outcome for us.
Posted by Bernard | October 30, 2008
Vice President RE Development Co/RE Broker/Landlord
Over my last 30 years in the RE business I have used several attorneys to protect my clients' and my best interests. I highly recommend Scott for his technical abilities, but also his straight forward approches, his honest/realistic opinions and also his "up to the minute" updates. He obtained a very satisfactory results for me and partner, in a case that could have easily turned lengthy, very time consuming, and much more expensive!
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Posted by matthew | October 30, 2008
Thorough, expert real estate attorney!
Scott is an experienced r.e. attorney, esp. in landlrod, tenant matters. He is fair in his billings and does not waste client's time and legal expenses. We are pleased with his service, advice and straight talks. Scott is also able to work effectively with opposing counsels to get the job done for his clients. We would recommend his service to any property owners.
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Posted by Rebecca | October 17, 2008
Developer/Property/Leasing Manager
We have relied on Scott to guide us through several tenuous situations with problem tenants. In each case, he was able to achieve very positive results with very little contention between the parties. We felt that he saved us a great deal of expense and legal landmines with direct resolution and client education. We highly recommend him and his services!
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney -- Partner
  • Carney Badley Spellman, P.S.
  • 2010 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Jameson Babbitt Stites & Lombard, PLLC
  • 1999 - 2010
  • Attorney
  • Wendell Rosen Black & Dean
  • 1998 - 1999
  • Attorney
  • Neumiller & Beardslee
  • 1996 - 1998
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Education

  • University of Washington -Seattle
  • Certificate
  • 2008
  • University of California at Los Angeles School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • University of San Diego
  • BBA
  • 1992

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Sunway v. Belltown Billiards
  • Obtained a judgment for plaintiff for $860,000
  • Allstate v Thomson
  • Obtained a settlement in favor of my client
  • McClean v. Seatac
  • Obtained summary judgement in my client's favor
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Associations

  • Seattle Repertory Theatre
  • Trustee
  • 2006 - 2016
  • NAIOP -- National Association of Industrial and Office Properties
  • Summer Social Committee
  • 2000 - 2016

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Washington Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2023
  • Best Lawyer -- Commercial Litigation
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2023
  • Washington Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2022
  • Washington Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2021
  • Washington Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2020
  • Washington Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2019
  • Washington Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2018
  • Washington Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2017
  • Washington Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2016
  • Rising Star of Washington
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2002
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Speaking Engagements

  • Dirty Litigation Tactics: How to Deal with the Rambo Litigator
  • Using Effective Remedies to Combat Rambo Litigation and Ethics: Its Legal but Is It Right
  • 2019
  • Commercial Lease Default, Security Deposit, Guarantees, and Notice Provisions
  • Litigating Commercial Leases
  • 2018
  • Applying the Rules of Evidence: What Every Attorney Needs to Know
  • Determining Admissibility and Authentication of Social Media and Email Evidence
  • 2018
  • Residential Landlord-Tenant Law: Rental and Remedies
  • Landlord and Tenant Obligations
  • 2017
  • How to Get your Social Media, Email and Text Evidence Admitted (and Keep Theirs Out)
  • Establishing Authenticity & Satisfying the Best Evidence Rule: The Insurmountable Challenge
  • 2017
  • Landlord-Tenant Law: From Lease to Eviction
  • Happening Now in Washington Landlord-Tenant Law & Collections: Enforcing Your Judgment
  • 2016
  • Landlord-Tenant Law
  • Evictions: Excuses and Traps When Things Go Bad & Landlord or Tenant Files Bankruptcy
  • 2015
  • Landlord-Tenant Law
  • Landlord or Tenant Bankruptcy
  • 2014
  • Landlord-Tenant Law
  • Landlord-Tenant Evictions, Court, and Litigation
  • 2014
  • Landlord and Tenant Law in Washington
  • Tenant Defaults, Evictions, Eviction Alternatives and Tenant Bankruptcy
  • 2014
  • Landlord and Tenant Law in Washington
  • Tenant Defaults, Evictions, Eviction Alternatives and Tenant Bankruptcy
  • 2013
  • Landlord and Tenant Law
  • Tenant Defaults, Evictions, Eviction Alternatives and Tenant Bankruptcy
  • 2013
  • Landlord-Tenant Law
  • Evictions: Excuses and Traps Things Go Bad and Landlord or Tenant Files Bankruptcy
  • 2012
  • Landlord Tenant Law
  • Bankruptcy and Collecting the Judgment / Evictions: Excuses and Traps When Things Go Bad
  • 2011
  • BOMA 1-Day Education Conference
  • Current Legal Issues in Commercial Real Estate
  • 2011
  • Landlord-Tenant Law Update
  • When Tenant or Landlord Files Bankruptcy & The Eviction and Judicial Process
  • 2010
  • Commercial Landlord-Tenant Law
  • The Eviction and Judicial Process & When Tenant or Landlord Files Bankruptcy
  • 2010
  • Landlord Tenant Law Update
  • The Eviction and Judicial Process
  • 2009
  • Commercial Real Estate Forum
  • Eviction and the Judicial Process
  • 2009
  • Commercial Landlord Tenant Seminar
  • Answer, Defense, Counterclaims & Settlement and Post Judgment Issues
  • 2009
  • Commercial & Residential Landlord-Tenant Law Update
  • When Tenant or Landlord Files Bankruptcy
  • 2009
  • Landlord-Tenant Law in Washington
  • The Eviction and Judicial Process
  • 2008
  • Landlord-Tenant Law in Washington
  • Landlord Rights and Options When the Deal Goes Bad
  • 2007
  • Drafting and Enforcing Commercial Leases
  • Lease Defaults and Landlord Options
  • 2007
  • A Practical Guide To Commercial Evictions
  • The Commercial Eviction & Tenant Files For Banktruptcy
  • 2006
  • Landlord Tenant Law
  • Eviction & The Judicial Process and When The Tenant Files For Bankruptcy
  • 2005
  • Commercial & Residential Evictions and Collecting Overdue Rent
  • Commercial Eviction and Landlord’s Liens and Enforcement of Judgment for Possession and Damages
  • 2005
  • Landlord and Tenant Law
  • Tenant Defaults, Evictions, Eviction Alternatives and Tenant Bankruptcy
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (20)
Endorse Scott
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Scott and I have been working on a very difficult landlord-tenant matter and Scott has obtained a great result for our client."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Scott is an absolute rock star. He is one of the most skilled attorneys I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. More importantly, he’s personable and really enjoys his work. If you are in need of counsel on a real property matter, hire him with confidence."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Well-known and well-respected lawyer. Highly recommended."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Scott for almost ten years. He is a very knowledgeable and respected lawyer in the community. I do not hesitate referring matters to him. I know he gets excellent results for his clients."
Real estate Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Scott for several years. He is an adept lawyer who is well respected in the community for both his competence and professionalism. Most importantly, he gets results for his clients. I highly endorse Scott Weaver!"
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Scott is a very knowledgeable and highly skilled attorney. We have taught a number of seminars together and I always learn something from him."
Real estate Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have handled a number of real estate disputes for clients where Scott has been "on the other side" over the years. Scott is a tremendous advocate and worthy opponent. He knows the law but brings a practical approach to disputes. His clients are always well-served by his strategic thinking and creative and proactive approach to problem-solving. For real estate and real estate disputes, Scott is a valuable asset to have on your side."
Commercial real estate Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Scott is a great lawyer, professional and smart. I am pleased to be able to refer work to him. Opposing someone in a contentious matter always gives you insight into their true character, and Scott's is exemplary. I recommend him."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Scott is an excellent and ethical lawyer. Over the years, I have had the pleasure of working with Scott on several matters. He is as smart, diligent, and will appropriately handle your legal issue for you. I have no hesitation endorsing Scott."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mr. Weaver for several years and believe him to be an excellent and effective attorney. Mr. Weaver and I have taught several CLEs together and his presentations have always been concise and informative. I know he is held in high esteem among other lawyers in King County. I have recommended him to prospective clients in the past needing an effective and aggressive advocate. I am happy, too, to know him as a friend."
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