Scott Alexander currently serves as the managing partner of Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP. Scott practices business and commercial litigation throughout all California state and federal courts, with a primary emphasis in construction and real estate litigation, public contracts and complex contract disputes.
Scott routinely represents public entities, private owners, general contractors, subcontractors, and architects and engineers on a broad array of issues within the construction industry, including contractor licensing matters, bid protests, prosecution and defense of impact, delay and disruption claims, defective construction claims, complex contract disputes, negligence and tort claims, false claims, and mechanics’ lien, stop notice and bond claim actions. Scott’s broad experiences on public (both state and federal) and private projects have provided him with critical background in the areas of design and engineering standards, construction management, construction means and methods, and the presentation and defense of construction claims.
During his legal career, Scott has attained considerable trial, writ, arbitration, and mediation experience. He has also appeared and submitted briefs before the California Courts of Appeal.
In addition to his litigation practice, Scott has significant experience drafting and negotiating all types of public and private project construction contracts, including design-build and energy service performance contracts, and related construction documentation across various construction project delivery systems.
Scott presently serves as general counsel to both a chamber of commerce and a travel and tourism organization located within the Sacramento region.
Scott received his J.D., with distinction, from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1997. Prior to receiving his law degree, Scott facilitated municipal finance transactions and drafted related legislation for the California Housing Finance Agency. He graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Economics. Prior to joining Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP in January 1999, Scott was an associate in the Business and Tort Litigation Group with Diepenbrock, Wulff, Plant & Hannegan, LLP.
Scott is recognized by Martindale-Hubbell as an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated lawyer. He is listed in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America for excellence in three practice areas: construction litigation, commercial litigation, and real estate litigation. Scott was selected to Northern California Super Lawyers for construction litigation in 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023. Scott was named in Sacramento Magazine’s Top Lawyers 2020 through 2023 Lists for excellence in construction law and also in construction litigation in 2022. Scott has served as Chairman of the Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors since 2019.
- University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
J.D., with distinction, 1997
- Rhodes College
B.A., cum laude, 1993
Business Administration and Economics
- State Bar of California
- Chairman of the Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors (2019 to Present)
- Construction Financial Management Association, Board of Directors
- National Association of Construction Auditors
- American Bar Association
- Sacramento County Bar Association, Construction Law Section
- Prosecuted to successful resolution a multi-million dollar direct cost and impact claim on behalf of a mechanical contractor arising from its modernization of an extensive truck load-out at a wastewater treatment facility.
- Represented electrical subcontractor in the successful prosecution of a multi-million dollar delay and labor productivity claim arising from the construction of a new baseball stadium.
- Represented contractor in the successful pursuit of multiple direct cost and impact claims arising from both water and wastewater treatment facility projects, including the defense of liquidated damage assessments and false claim allegations.
- Represented public owner of a metropolitan airport facility in the evaluation and successful prosecution of significant design and construction defect claims arising from a large renovation and expansion project.
- Represented municipality in the defense and, ultimately, the favorable resolution of a prime contractor’s damages claim in excess of $28 million arising from a wastewater treatment expansion project.
- Represented municipality in the successful defense of contractor claims for direct costs and impacts arising from the construction of new parking structure.
- Represented private commercial facility owner in the successful resolution of construction defect claims arising from the facility’s roofing system.
- Represented special district in the pursuit and successful resolution of both design and construction claims associated with a defective roofing system.
- Represented contractor on claims in excess of $1 million against a subdivision bond subsequent to the project developer’s default.
- Significant experience and success handling all aspects of the pursuit and defense of bid protests on California public works projects, including writ proceedings.
- Revised and drafted front end bid documents, including general conditions, on behalf of numerous local public entities throughout the State of California.
- Drafted and negotiated prime contracts and subcontracts representing hundreds of millions of dollars of public and private construction project work.
- “Managing Construction Claims: What Do You Do When a Good Project Goes Bad, or a Bad Project Gets Worse?”; 2012 National Association of Construction Auditors Annual Conference (September 17, 2012)
- “A Construction Claims Primer: What Do You Do When a Good Project Goes Bad…Or a Bad Project Gets Worse?”; Construction Financial Management Association, Sacramento Chapter (March 16, 2012)
- “California Construction Contracts: ‘Battleground’ Clauses,” Construction Financial Management Association, Sacramento Chapter (September 16, 2011)
- “The 2012 Mechanics’ Lien/Collection and Insurance Primer: Stay Ahead of the Curve,” Sacramento, CA (September 15, 2011)
- “Survive & Thrive: New Legal Tools For Your Toolbox,” San Ramon, CA (July 27, 2011)
- “Survive & Thrive: New Legal Tools For Your Toolbox,” Stockton, CA (May 11, 2011)
- “Public Works Construction: The Successful Project Primer,” Placerville, CA (March 1, 2011)
- Panelist, 3rd Annual Business Outlook Breakfast, Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce, Rancho Cordova, CA (February 25, 2011)
- “Survive & Thrive: New Legal Tools For Your Toolbox,” Sacramento, CA (January 27, 2011)
- “Federal Construction Contracting: The Basics,” Sacramento, CA (April 13, 2010)
- “California Employment Laws & the Construction Industry,” Sacramento, CA (March 24, 2009)
- “California Employment Laws & the Construction Industry,” Sacramento, CA (November 11, 2008)
- “California Public Works/Construction Contracts from Bidding to Completion,” Lorman Education Services (July 2007, June 2006 and July 2005)
- Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Construction Litigation, Commercial Litigation, and Real Estate Litigation (2024)
- Super Lawyer in Northern California Super Lawyers, Construction Litigation (2020-2023)
- Sacramento Magazine’s Top Lawyers List, Construction Law (2020-2023)
- Sacramento Magazine’s Top Lawyers List, Construction Litigation (2022)
- Fellow, Construction Lawyers Society of America
- AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell