Scott Ditfurth

Partner

scott.ditfurth@bbklaw.com

Tel: (951) 826-8209

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At a Glance

Scott’s litigation practice encompasses contract claims, construction claims, business disputes, as well as a variety of real property disputes, including land use writ, inverse condemnation, easement disputes and eminent domain.

He appeared on the Super Lawyers Southern California Rising Star list for business litigation three years in a row beginning in 2013.

Scott is a member of a number of different nonprofit organizations, including the Mary S. Robert Pet Adoption Center, Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful, Riverside Downtown Business Counsel and the Riverside Chambers of Commerce.

Scott Ditfurth is a civil litigator with an emphasis on business, construction and real property-related disputes for both private and public clients. A partner in Best Best & Krieger LLP’s Riverside office, his practice broadly encompasses all aspects and stages of litigation for both private and public clients in a variety of settings. Scott practices in both state and federal court. Specifically, Scott’s litigation practice encompasses contract claims, business disputes, construction disputes, as well as a variety of real property disputes, including land use and planning, writs, eminent domain and inverse condemnation.

Scott has worked with a number of public clients, including the cities of Arcadia, Goleta, Hillsborough, Lafayette, Ontario, Palm Springs, Pomona, Redlands, Santa Ana, and San Buenaventura, the Riverside County Transportation Commission, the Western Municipal Water District, the San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency, the Western Riverside Council of Governments, the Western Riverside County Regional Wastewater Authority and the Western Riverside County Regional Conservation Authority.

At BB&K, Scott is a member of the Recruitment Committee and is involved with associate training. He is very active in local professional and community organizations, including the Riverside County Bar Association, the Riverside County Mock Trial Program, Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful, the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce and the Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center.

Scott is admitted to various Districts of the U.S. District Court in California and the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Representative Matters

  • Real Property Litigation (Property Development): Successfully represented interests of a developer in obtaining mineral rights judgment to develop property for commercial use.
  • Real Property Litigation (Commercial Property): Obtained preliminary injunction to prevent the foreclosure of commercial property owned by clients. Able to successfully resolve the litigation so the client was able to sell the property and provide payment to the lender at a reduced rate.
  • Transient Occupancy: Successful defense of public agency against class action lawsuit related to the use and implementation of transient occupancy taxes. Obtained summary judgment verdict.
  • Business Litigation: Successfully defended against claim for breach of partnership, which sought half the ownership of the franchise business. Obtained jury verdict that entitled client to retain full ownership of the business.
  • Eminent Domain: Represented public agencies in claim for property acquisition, resulting in a jury verdict that represented the appraisal amount set forth by the public agency.
  • Inverse Condemnation: Successfully defended claims for inverse condemnation at court trials and on appeal.
  • Construction Litigation: Successfully represented a contractor at jury trial for breach of contract as a result of a developer’s failure to provide payment for the construction of a multi-million dollar retail shopping center. Obtained a jury verdict of $2.7 million, as well as successfully defended against the developer’s cross-complaint for claims of construction defect. Both judgments were successfully upheld on appeal.


Education

  • Whittier Law School, J.D., magna cum laude
  • California State University, Fullerton, B.A.


Admissions

  • California


Awards

  • Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star, Business Litigation, 2013-2015

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