■ Brooklyn Law School, J.D.,1998, Dean's Merit Scholar
■ City University of New York, B.A. in English & Fine Literature, cum laude, 1995
■ Arizona (admitted 1999)
■ New York (admitted 1998)
■ United States Supreme Court
■ U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
■ Maricopa County Bar Association
■ Southwest Super Lawyers (2012)
■ Judge Pro Tempore, Maricopa County Superior Court (2013 Term)
■ AV® Peer Rated
■ Obtained the largest individual settlement paid by the State of Arizona to a Public Employee
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Scott Zwillinger represents clients in both state and federal courts in a wide range of complex litigation matters. He has represented banks and other financial institutions in numerous disputes related to bank operations and all types of commercial and residential loans, including successfully defending lender liability claims, prosecuting numerous claims arising out of personal guarantees and pursuing individuals who commit mortgage fraud and financial disclosure fraud.
Scott also represents commercial clients in litigation involving real estate transactions, company ownership disputes, human resources related claims and all types of litigation arising from contract disputes. In this regard, Scott has developed an expertise in dealing with the governance of limited liability companies and other closely held corporations.
Scott’s practice also includes the representation of licensed individuals in not only civil litigation but also administrative law matters. This includes the representation of fellow lawyers before the State Bar of Arizona, real estate appraisers before the Arizona Board of Appraisers and other matters where an individual is facing the loss of their license and livelihood. In this regard, Scott had the honor of serving as counsel in the largest and most complex attorney discipline matter in the history of the United States, The Members of the State Bar of Arizona adv. Thomas, Aubuchon and Alexander, PDJ-2011-9002.
In addition to his commercial practice, Scott represents individuals in civil rights, wrongful death, and other tort related claims. As a result, Scott has developed substantial expertise in handling claims brought under the Federal Civil Rights Act, the Federal Tort Claims Act, Arizona’s wrongful death statute, and other claims arising out of catastrophic injuries. Most particularly, this includes the representation of individuals who have had their Civil Rights violated by police, correction officers or other Government officials and employees.
Prior to entering private practice, Scott had the honor of serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Mary H. Murguia, who was then a United States District Court Judge for the District of Arizona and now sits on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. It was in his role as law clerk to Judge Murguia, that Scott developed his passion for cases involving the violation of Civil Rights afforded by the United States Constitution.
Scott is also dedicated to giving back to the community. He regularly volunteers his time with Community Legal Services’ Volunteer Lawyer Program, where he has assisted indigent individuals facing foreclosure and the interests of children in his role as a Court Appointed Advisor.
Scott has been recognized by his peers and earned the preeminent AV rating from the Martindale Hubbell Peer Review rating system. He has also recently being selected as a Southwest Super Lawyer, and appointed as a Judge Pro Tempore by the Maricopa County Superior Court.
Scott Zwillinger grew up and was educated through law school in New York City. Despite his love of Arizona, he remains a third generation die-hard New York Yankee fan.