G. Scott Williams

Mr. Williams is a shareholder of the firm. His practice focuses on environmental, land-use and commercial litigation, and assisting private clients with land-use and environmental issues during the entitlement process and in real property transactions.

Mr. Williams has extensive experience litigating environmental and land-use matters in state and federal courts. While at Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek and in his previous position as a senior attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., Mr. Williams has handled complex civil litigation under major federal and state environmental statutes, including CEQA, the Subdivision Map Act, Proposition 65, the Polanco Act, CERCLA, RCRA, NEPA, the Clean Water Act, and the Clean Air Act.

In addition to his litigation experience in environmental and land-use matters, Mr. Williams helps developer clients obtain project entitlements and leads negotiations with government agencies regarding environmental and entitlement issues. Mr. Williams has helped resolve issues under CEQA, NEPA, the Subdivision Map Act, the California Coastal Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act on many projects, including housing developments with hundreds of new homes, correctional facilities with thousands of beds, destination resorts, high-rise condominiums, cultural institutions, and commercial and industrial facilities. He has also assisted clients in such matters as zoning and general/specific plan issues, remediation of contaminated properties, the creation of habitat preserves for project mitigation, the demonstration of adequate water supplies for large-scale projects, and compliance with new stormwater regulations and emerging greenhouse gas emissions requirements.

Mr. Williams’ litigation experience also encompasses a variety of additional civil and commercial matters, including representing a national grocery chain in litigation with multiple landlords, representing the owner of a mobile home community in litigation with its tenant-operator, defense of a class action against a nationwide service company, defense of a law firm accused of improper conduct during the course of precedent-setting litigation, disputes over ownership and control of stock in public and privately-held companies, and sophisticated commercial disputes involving large-scale private and public entities.


Mr. Williams received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Harvard College in 1983. He received his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 1988, where he was Articles Editor of the Columbia Law Review.

Employment Background

Mr. Williams served as a senior attorney in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the United States Department of Justice, and as a trial attorney in the Commercial Litigation Branch of the Civil Division, where he conducted affirmative and defensive commercial and contract litigation on behalf of numerous federal agencies.

Before joining the Department of Justice, Mr. Williams clerked for Hon. Dolores K. Sloviter of the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

Professional Affiliations & Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • Bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Professional Awards & Honors

  • Named to Top Attorneys for 2020 by SD Metro Magazine
  • Named one of San Diego’s Best Lawyers 2016 by SD Metro Magazine
  • Named to The Daily Transcript's list of Top 100 Influential Leaders in San Diego


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