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Scott Malzahn

Scott Malzahn

Lecturer in Law

Last Updated: Monday, May 22, 2017

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

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.


Buzzfeed News
March 18, 2018
Re: Niels W. Frenzen

Niels Frenzen was quoted on the lower evidentiary standard for arresting someone based on immigration status instead of a criminal act. The majority of immigration arrests in the United States are warrantless arrests, Frenzen said. "I don’t know if that is the case with this recent arrest in San Diego, but if CBP really had evidence that she was involved in a transnational human smuggling operation of some kind, that would definitely be a case where CBP would seek to criminally prosecute first and deport second," Frenzen said. "So the fact that CBP has arrested her on the civil law violations suggests that CBP does not have enough evidence to convince a judge to issue a criminal arrest warrant."


Robert K. Rasmussen
January, 2018

"Puerto Rico and the Netherworld of Sovereign Debt Restructuring," Workshop, Duke Law School, Durham, NC. 

Pauline Aranas
January, 2018

Pauline Aranas participated on a panel on "Effective Assessment:  Measuring Your Law Library's Impact" at the Association of American Law School's Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA.

Pauline Aranas
January, 2018

Pauline Aranas concluded her year-year term on the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law School's Section on Law Libraries and Legal Information.