Biography Details

Scott Wm. Davenport

Scott Wm. Davenport

Scott Wm. Davenport is a Partner in the San Diego office of Manning & Kass. He serves as the firm’s general counsel and is the leader of the firm’s Appellate Law (Strategies, Writs, and Appeals) Practice.

Mr. Davenport, a certified specialist in appellate law, has served as the chair of the California State Bar Committee of Bar Examiners and the Appellate Law Advisory Commission. He is an AV® Preeminent attorney (the highest Martindale-Hubbell ranking an attorney can receive for legal quality and ethics) and was selected as a 2009–2020 Super Lawyer, a distinction awarded to no more than five percent of attorneys in a state who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Throughout this career, Mr. Davenport has served as the lead counsel in approximately 400 appellate matters, many of which resulted in published opinions involving cases of first impression, including a per curiam summary reversal in the United States Supreme Court. He has also written multiple amicus briefs on behalf of the Southern Poverty Law Center, a national organization known for its civil rights victories and tolerance education programs.

In addition to currently serving as an appellate settlement officer with the Second District Court of Appeals, Mr. Davenport has served as a judge pro tem in the San Bernardino Superior Court. Mr. Davenport recently co-authored a book for the Continuing Education of the Bar on the proper use of scientific evidence, is a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Daily Journal and has recently been featured in the State Bar’s Ad Campaign, “What Kind of Lawyer Becomes a Certified Specialist?” He also served as a legal consultant on the CBS television series “The Guardian,” an activity which resulted in the drafting of a recurring character for the program named “Scott Davenport.”

In 2006, Mr. Davenport was involved in three United States Supreme Court matters and one matter before the California Supreme Court. In 2007, Mr. Davenport was back in front of the High Court, this time obtaining a summary reversal in Rettele v. County of Los Angeles. From 2008 to 2010, Mr. Davenport filed multiple briefs in the California Supreme Court in the Marriage Cases, as well as an Amicus Curiae brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the subsequent constitutional challenge to Proposition 8.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Davenport served as a deputy attorney general with the California Department of Justice and as a judicial extern with both the California Court of Appeal and the United States District Court. Based on this background, Mr. Davenport is often called upon to defend the State of California and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in extraordinary writ petitions venued in the variety of trial and appellate courts throughout the state. Mr. Davenport is also a licensed real estate broker who provides practical advice to the firm’s real estate clients.

In 2011, Mr. Davenport authored a book on workers’ compensation appeals. He regularly presents on the topic of workers’ compensation appeals.

Fluent in Spanish, Mr. Davenport has coached youth baseball and soccer, and is a 32nd-degree Mason and a Shriner. Mr. Davenport and his wife of 30 years reside in Huntington Harbor.