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Scott Malzahn
USC Gould School of Law

Scott Malzahn

Lecturer in Law

699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA

Last Updated: May 22, 2017




Scott Malzahn is a partner at Baker Marquart, where his practice focuses on general business litigation and intellectual property disputes. He has successfully represented Fortune 100 companies and individual clients at all stages of litigation in a range of matters, including constitutional cases and contract litigation. He has served as lead trial counsel and argued motions in both federal and state courts in California, as well as in other jurisdictions. Malzahn has consistently been named a “Rising Star” by Los Angeles magazine from 2012 through 2016.

Malzahn has handled many high-profile cases. He was a member of the trial team in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, which won a historic federal court decision striking down California’s ban on same-sex marriage as a violation of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. He also has handled many appeals in the federal court and has represented third parties in amicus briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court. He also won political asylum for a young Iraqi boy and his family after CNN covered the story of a terrorist attack on the boy in dozens of news articles and on television. He is a board member of Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization.

Malzahn graduated from UC Hastings in the top 1% of his class, where he won an intercollegiate moot court competition and received a prestigious scholarship from law school faculty. He graduated summa cum laude from The College of William and Mary with a BS degree. He was selected by his college faculty to join Phi Beta Kappa, and worked during college as a Ropes Course Instructor. He enjoys playing beach volleyball.
 

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Bloomberg Government
June 22, 2022
Re: Franita Tolson

Franita Tolson was interviewed about how federal lawsuits from North Carolina, Alabama, and Arkansas test the limits of the Voting Rights Act, the boundaries of state government authority, and the ability of voting rights groups to file racial gerrymandering cases. “These doctrines and approaches in these cases fundamentally reset the rules of the game,” she said. “In 2030 we will live in a completely different world than we lived in in 2020, and 2020 was not favorable to minority voters at all.”

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