Scott S. Humphreys

Tel 424.204.4333
Fax 424.204.4350
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)
  • National Conference of Black Mayors, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson as President of NCBM et al. (successful trial court and appellate affirmance in reverse-California Public Records Act action)
  • G&G Productions, LLC v. Rita Rusic (summary judgment granted in dispute over ownership of Jean Michel Basquiat painting)
  • Rumble, Inc. v. The Daily Mail et al. (defense of copyright infringement claims)
  • Zirkin v. Shandy Media, Inc. (defense of defamation and false light claims)
  • Spinal Tap Productions et al. v. Vivendi S.A. et al. (initiation of accounting fraud and copyright termination claims concerning rights in This Is Spinal Tap)

Product Liability

  • Alexander v. Exxon Mobil Corporation (complete defense of Exxon Mobil in mass tort action through exclusion of experts in Daubert/Sargon evidentiary hearings)
  • Arcelik v. E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Co. (defense of DuPont in international products liability claims)
  • Torres v. BMW of North America, Inc. (defense of BMW in class action opt-out product liability action)
  • Kantor v. Subaru of America, Inc. (defense of Subaru in class action opt-out product liability action)

Complex Business/Real Estate

  • Alpha Grp., Inc. v. Subaru of America, Inc., (defense of Subaru in motorsport rally car dispute)
  • CC-Plant Fee v. Veolia/Brookfield (summary judgment granted for all defendants in commercial property dispute)
  • Petroholding Dominicana LTD. v. Gordon (dismissal of action on foreign statute of limitations grounds asserting claims involving foreign real estate development)
  • Jenhanco, Inc., v. The Hertz Corporation, Dollar Rent A Car, Inc., Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc. (defense of Hertz in franchisee claims)
  • Ben-Shahar v. Pickart, et. al., (successful trial court and appellate affirmance concerning application of California anti-SLAPP statute to real estate dispute)

Other Representative Matters

  • Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) v. American Pension Services, Inc. (representation of court-appointed receiver in SEC enforcement action involving over $350 million in assets and 5,550 defrauded investors across the country)
  • Banking Litigation – Represent JPMorgan Chase Bank in multiple actions involving deposit accounts and other payment methods, including cases involving consumer fraud, and conversion of negotiable instruments.
  • Franchise Litigation – Representation of national franchisors in state and federal courts to protect trademarks, trade dress, and other intellectual property; representation of franchisees in opt-out lawsuits against a national restaurant franchisor.

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


Co-author, "Federal Judge Permits 'Snap Removal' in Defamation Suit," Ballard Spahr alert, February 15, 2019

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