Professional Details

Scott K. Behrendt

Senior Attorney

Scott Behrendt is a results-oriented attorney specializing in Business Fraud and Complex Commercial Litigation Disputes, with an emphasis on providing excellent client service in a cost-effective and efficient manner.  Scott has a solid reputation for assisting clients in favorably resolving complicated disputes informally, when possible, and successfully litigating those disputes, when necessary.

Scott has more than fifteen years of experience in a wide-range of complex litigation matters in both state and federal courts involving multi-party business financing, equity, and accounting disputes, class actions, commercial leases, private and public sector construction, race and gender discrimination, unfair business practices, professional liability, trade secrets, trade dress, patent infringement, entertainment, licensing agreements, franchise agreements, white-collar crime and inspector general investigations, public utility rates, consumer credit reporting and reseller services, and interstate judgment enforcement and debt collection.

Scott has successfully represented and advised a diverse cross-section of both large and small private and public entity clients in industries such as engineering and construction, global communications, entertainment, biomedical research and treatment, education, commercial real estate, medical device manufacturing, national credit reporting, water and power utilities, hospitals and skilled nursing facilities, textiles, meteorological sensors and aviation weather systems, law enforcement, specialized laser application products, notebook computer manufacturing, and others.

Scott has also successfully prosecuted numerous criminal jury and bench trials, hundreds of felony preliminary hearings, and related criminal proceedings as a certified law student under the supervision of the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office, Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, and the Orange County District Attorney's Office.

Prior to joining Theodora Oringher PC, Scott was an associate with the Los Angeles firm of Jones Day.

Scott clerked for the Hon. Harvey A. Schneider (Ret.), Los Angeles Superior Court.

Scott resides in the firm's Los Angeles and Orange County Offices

Representative Matters

  • Represented a global engineering and construction company in a $600 million stock purchase price adjustment dispute that involved fraud allegations and a detailed analysis of construction claims, estimating practices, construction budgets, forecasts, and construction techniques on more than 20 projects around the world, including industrial processing facilities, transportation projects, and power projects that utilized traditional design-bid-build, design-build-operate-maintain, and other forms of "turnkey" construction methods
  • Represented a large public entity in a complex multimillion dollar putative class action brought on behalf of approximately 600 Sheriff's Deputies alleging systematic race and gender based discrimination in recruitment, hiring, salaries, bonuses and promotions in violation of state and federal law
  • Represented an investment group in a complex commercial lease dispute with their publicly-traded corporate tenant
  • Represented a major transit authority and commuter rail system in matters involving complex lease transactions for public transportation facilities and assets
  • Obtained favorable settlement of claims on behalf of a medical device manufacturer for misappropriation of trade secrets, violation of noncompete clause, and breach of contract arising out of an exclusive marketing and distribution agreement concerning brachytherapy seeds and a computer-based workstation and automated cartridge-based needle loading system for prostate cancer treatment
  • Represented developer and supplier of specialized laser application products in a significant intellectual property dispute
  • Obtained case dismissal on behalf of investment holding company and internationally known actress in a complex entertainment litigation matter involving breach of contract, fraud, and investment related claims brought by a Taiwanese production company arising out of the financing and distribution of an award winning motion picture
  • Represented a global communications company in a $38.8 million interstate judgment enforcement matter
  • Represented a large public school district in approximately 100 complex construction litigation and advisory matters in connection with all aspects of construction, including false claims, competitive bidding requirements, design-build projects, lease/lease-back projects, bonding and surety issues, and stop notice procedures, and involving general contractors, subcontractors, architects, construction managers, sureties, unions and insurers
  • Represented national credit reporting agency in numerous state and federal court cases throughout the US brought by consumers under the Fair Credit Reporting Act and related statutes, as well as cases involving disputes with resellers of credit information
  • Represented a private operator of health care facilities in a broad range of matters, including subpoena compliance and indemnity, eminent domain and construction, Hospital Lien Act, account satisfaction, and interpleader, and patient-initiated disputes
  • Represented an investor and physician in litigation with a publicly traded hospital management company involving alleged breach of fiduciary duties and complex financing and equity issues
  • Represented world renowned restaurant in litigation concerning the design, engineering, fabrication, and installation of a state-of-the-art kitchen
  • Represented a county and flood control district as plaintiffs in a $100 million lawsuit against other governmental entities for indemnity and breach of contract arising from the construction of a storm drain built to protect a freeway that resulted in the flooding of and damages to a private developer's adjacent property
  • Represented a flood control district as plaintiff in litigation against other governmental entities for inverse condemnation, nuisance, dangerous condition and indemnity to recover for the damage to, and taking of, the flood control district's property caused by a freeway-related flood control channel
  • Represented a construction authority on an intercity light rail transit project involving a design-build contract and Dispute Review Board proceedings concerning delays, schedule recovery, and change orders
  • Represented a water district against claims by a private developer for nuisance, negligent interference with economic relationships, and inverse condemnation purportedly attributable to the construction of a multi-mile pipeline project
  • Represented a water district in a pipeline construction matter involving complex disputes with the contractor concerning untimely project completion, alleged differing site conditions as to the strength and quantities of rock and existence of groundwater throughout the project, and various claims for changes and alleged disruption and acceleration of performance
  • Represented a customer service call center company in litigation involving international contract disputes and business torts against one of the world's largest electronics manufacturers that culminated in a jury finding of fraud and $1.4 million award in favor of the client
  • Represented a customer service call center company in a multimillion dollar earn-out accounting dispute related to the acquisition of a company via a stock purchase agreement
  • Represented a large U.S.-based personal and commercial property and casualty insurance company in complex bad faith litigation and defeated plaintiff's claims for punitive damages, fraud, and attorneys' fees, which lead to a favorable settlement for the client

Publications

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  • Reopening of Closing Arguments to Break Jury Deadlock Read more >

News

  • Theodora Oringher Attorneys Named To 2017 Southern California Super Lawyers List Read more >
  • Theodora Oringher Attorneys Named To 2016 Southern California Super Lawyers List Read more >
  • Theodora Oringher Attorneys Honored as 2015 Southern California Super Lawyers Read more >
  • Theodora Oringher Attorneys Honored as 2014 Southern California Super Lawyers Read more >
  • Theodora Oringher Attorneys Honored as 2013 Southern California Super Lawyers Read more >
  • Theodora Oringher Attorneys Honored as 2012 Southern California Super Lawyers Read more >
  • Theodora Oringher Attorneys Honored as 2011 Southern California Rising Stars Read more >
  • Theodora Oringher Attorneys Honored as 2010 Southern California Rising Stars Read more >