ellerby_photoScott Ellerby is a longtime Seattle-based attorney. His main areas of practice are real estate litigation, probate, trusts and estates litigation, municipal law, creditor-debtor law, banking law, construction law, commercial transactions, and commercial litigation. He has lectured at numerous legal seminars over the past 28 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

 

Education
University of Washington, J.D., 1986
Pacific Lutheran University, B.A., summa cum laude, 1982

 

Admitted to Practice
Washington
U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington

 

Representative Work
REAL ESTATE
Real Estate Litigation
COMMERCIAL LAW
Commercial Litigation
Commercial Transactions
MUNICIPAL LAW
Municipal Liability
CREDITOR and DEBTOR LAW

 

Professional and Community Activities
PROFESSIONAL
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

COMMUNITY

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
REAL ESTATE
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

CREDITOR and DEBTOR LAW
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

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

 

Recognition
Selected to Seattle’s Top Rated Lawyers(R), National Law Journal, 2013
Peer Review Rated “AV Preeminent,” Martindale.com Lawyer Directory
Avvo Superb Rating: 9.9 out of 10

 

Background and Interests
West Sound Beekeeper’s Association