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Watson, Scott L.

Scott L. Watson



Scott has a diverse practice that includes intellectual property matters, international tort claims and consumer class actions on behalf of technology clients.  He has extensive experience with trade secret and copyright litigation. He has also litigated securities and corporate fraud claims, antitrust actions and large contractual disputes.

In 2015, Scott was named a Law360 Rising Star, which recognizes attorneys under 40 who have demonstrated outstanding career accomplishments. Scott was one of just 9 attorneys in the nation who were named a 2015 Rising Star in intellectual property law. He was also honored in The National Law Journal's 2013 Appellate Hot List following a victory in the Federal Circuit.

In the smartphone wars, Scott was the architect of the causation and damages strategy in Apple’s suit against Samsung that resulted in a jury award of less than 5.5% of Apple’s requested $2.2 billion damages.

  Representative Clients

  • Samsung
  • Mattel
  • Gartner
  • IBM
  • Hitachi Global Storage Technologies
  • Gateway
  • Lowe’s
  • Lincoln Property Company
  • Shell Oil
  • Unisource

  Notable Representations

  • Defeated motion for preliminary injunction and led causation and damages case that resulted in damages award of less than 5.5% of the amount Apple sought in April 2014 trial between Apple and Samsung in the Northern District of California.
  • Representing the PAH Litigation Trust in litigation asserting claims against the former owners and professional advisors to Physiotherapy Associates, one of the largest physical therapy providers in the U.S., for their role in structuring the leveraged buyout of the insolvent company based on false financial statements, culminating in its bankruptcy.
  • Defeated motion for preliminary injunction against Japanese client based on alleged trade secret theft.
  • Obtained very favorable 8 figure settlement for Penn National Gaming on eve of preliminary injunction hearing in section 1983 civil rights lawsuit against a municipality in Ohio.
  • Represented a Jordanian defense sub-contractor in an Alien Tort Statute and RICO case pending in Houston, Texas arising out of the provision of labor at U.S. military bases in Iraq. The case settled after a favorable ruling at summary judgment. Also represented the same client in a False Claims Act case in federal court in Washington DC.
  • Obtained a litigation cost settlement on behalf of a master land developer in a dispute with a real estate developer who sought almost $700 million in damages for breach of a series of land purchase agreements, after obtaining a ruling that the vast majority of the claimed damages were inadmissible.
  • Obtained dismissal of all claims against three outside directors of Crown Vantage Corporation arising out of $500 million spin-off transaction, which was subsequently upheld by the Ninth Circuit.
  • Obtained dismissal of class action claims against FIA, the governing body of Formula One racing, arising out of the 2005 United States Grand Prix.
  • Successfully argued appeal from a grant of summary judgment in our client's favor in the Ninth Circuit on behalf of major oil company.
  • Won dismissal of Section 17200 and CLRA claims on behalf of technology company in the Northern District of California.
  • Successfully opposed a TRO application in Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf of a company seeking to enforce its non-compete agreement.
  • Represented GE Capital in the McKesson-HBOC merger litigation, arising out accounting restatement related to revenue recognition practices at HBOC; all matters dismissed.
  • Represented a number of high net worth individuals in Marvin actions brought by former girlfriends claiming promises to convey substantial sums and real property.


  • Northwestern University School of Law
    (J.D., magna cum laude, 2000) 
    • Northwestern University Law Review:
      • Articles Board
    • Order of the Coif

  • Claremont McKenna College
    (B.A., cum laude, 1997)


The State Bar of California

  Prior Associations

  • Law Clerk to the Hon. A. Raymond Randolph:
    • United States Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, 2000-2001

Publications and Lectures

  • Guest Lecturer, Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business
  • "Winstar Damages: Restitution Where Benefit Conferred Is Greater than Plaintiff's Out-of-Pocket Cost," 94 NW. U. L. Rev. 305 (1999)