Scott S. Humphreys

Of Counsel
Los Angeles
Scott Humphreys is a civil litigator with a diverse litigation practice. He represents clients in all federal and state trial courts in California and in other courts throughout the country. He also has argued appeals in the Ninth Circuit and the California Courts of Appeal.

As a member of Ballard Spahr's Media and Entertainment Law Group, Scott defends the media in defamation, privacy, and related First Amendment litigation and has prosecuted several high-profile entertainment matters. His docket also includes the defense and prosecution of cases for a number of Fortune 500 corporations on matters ranging from intellectual property enforcement to product liability, mass tort, and complex business and commercial real estate disputes.


Representative Matters

Media/Entertainment & Intellectual Property

  • Allstate Insurance Company v. Driveway Software (representation of Allstate in trademark enforcement action under the Lanham Act)
  • Sientra, Inc. v. NewMedical Technology, Inc. (prosecution of false advertising and unfair competition claims under the Lanham Act)
  • National Public Radio v. City of Adelanto (representation of NPR in writ of mandate action to obtain public records under the California Public Records Act)

Professional Highlights

Pro Bono Experience

Scott is committed to providing legal services pro bono to those in need. During law school, Scott defended individuals charged with criminal violations from their first bail hearing to trial. He also worked with the ACLU to protect protestors' First Amendment rights at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, and taught "Know Your Rights" seminars which educated members of the community on how to properly assert their constitutional rights during interactions with police.

At Ballard Spahr, Scott has prosecuted a federal civil rights action against a city police department, represented undocumented immigrants in obtaining U-Visas reserved for victims of criminal activity, and prosecuted claims on behalf of a tenant who was wrongfully evicted from rent-controlled housing. He also has represented homeless individuals in court proceedings to resolve outstanding minor warrants.

Judicial Clerkships

Honorable Justice Ronald E. Nehring, Utah Supreme Court

Professional Activities

Los Angeles County Bar Association

Colorado Bar Association

Ballard Spahr's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council


Co-author, "After Charlottesville, How Committed Do We Remain to Free Speech for All?", Communications Lawyer, Fall 2017



University of Colorado Law School (J.D. 2009)
Associate Editor, University of Colorado Law Review
Recipient, Public Service Pledge Award

University of San Diego (B.A., summa cum laude, 2004)
Member, Phi Beta Kappa




U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California

U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado