ellerby_photoScott Ellerby is a longtime Seattle and Kitsap County-based attorney. His main areas of practice are real estate litigation, probate, trusts and estates litigation, municipal law, land use, creditor-debtor law, banking law, construction law, commercial transactions, and commercial litigation. He has lectured at numerous legal seminars over the past 36 years on topics in his practice areas, and has represented a wide range of private clients and public entities in negotiations, mediations, arbitrations, and bench and jury trials. Scott was a contributing author of the Washington Lawyers Practice Manual and the Practice Guide on Washington Civil Discovery, and was chair of the King County Bar Association Real Property, Probate and Trust Section. He earned his B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from Pacific Lutheran University and his J.D. degree from the University of Washington School of Law.

Scott has broad experience representing a variety of local and nationally-based businesses, individuals, municipalities, and financial institutions. He has a “Preeminent AV” rating by Martingale-Hubbell (TM) and the highest rating of “Superb” by Avvo. Scott is frequently selected as an arbitrator by other lawyers and serves as a hearing officer for the Washington State Bar Association, acting as a judge in cases concerning legal ethics and compliance.
Practice Areas

Commercial Law
Real Estate
Municipal Law
Construction Law
Creditor and Debtor Law
Tort Litigation
Probate, Estate and Trust Litigation
Banking Law
University of Washington, J.D., 1986
Pacific Lutheran University, B.A., summa cum laude, 1982
Admitted to Practice
U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
9th Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. Supreme Court
Representative Work
Real Estate Litigation
Land Use
Commercial Litigation
Commercial Transactions
Municipal Liability
Professional and Community Activities
King County Bar Association
KCBA Bankruptcy Law Section
KCBA Real Property, Probate & Trust Section (Chair, 2001)
Washington State Bar Association
WSBA Disciplinary Board Hearing Officer
WSBA Legislation Committee
WSBA Rules of Professional Conduct Committee


Bethany Lutheran Church, Bainbridge Island, President
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Parliamentarian, Mediator, and Attorney
Foss Home and Village, Board of Trustees
Martha & Mary Health Services, President
Martha & Mary Lutheran Services, Board of Trustees
Poulsbo Boy Scout Troop 1571, Assistant Scoutmaster
Bainbridge Island Cub Scout Pack 496, Cubmaster
WSBA Credit Union, Board of Directors

Publications and Speaking Engagements
Author, “Real Estate Financing and Security Devices,” 2009
Author, “Executing Judgments Against Real Property Requires Proceeding with Caution,”
WSBA Litigation Section Newsletter, February 2013
Author, “Thoughts and Tips on Executing Judgments Against Real Property,”
WSBA Litigation Section Newsletter, 2013
Author, “Chapter XIV: Real Estate Financing and Security Devices,”
Washington Lawyers Practice Manual, 2000

Presenter, “Going to Court: Obtaining a Judgment,”
Sterling Educational Services, 2003
Presenter, “Civil Litigation/Debt Collection,” Collection Techniques & The Law,
Sterling Educational Services, 2003
Presenter, “The Impact of the New Washington Lien Act of Lenders & Borrowers,”
King County Bar Association, 1992
Presenter, “Lender Liability: Disclosure of Customer Information,”
King County Bar Association, 1991

Contributing Author, “Practice Guide on Washington Civil Discovery,”
LexisNexis Practice Guide, 2013

Selected to Seattle’s Top Rated Lawyers(R), National Law Journal, 2013
Peer Review Rated “AV Preeminent,” Martindale.com Lawyer Directory
Avvo Superb Rating: 10 out of 10
Background and Interests
West Sound Beekeeper’s Association