Scott Hames knew he was born to be a lawyer after he won his first case in Small Claims Court at the age of 17. He quickly became self-taught on the ins and outs of lawyering and luckily tasted success by prevailing over the defendant. From that point on, Scott became laser focused on becoming a lawyer. Knowing firsthand the impact cancer has on families with his own father’s passing, Scott recognizes these cases involve the whole family. It is in this spirit that his passion to debunk might makes right is what drives him to aggressively and tirelessly advocate for justice on behalf of his clients and to hold defendants accountable.
For over 20 years, Scott has represented thousands of victims and family members of asbestos exposure. He has litigated against some of the largest and most offending corporations in the world and has conducted all phases of litigation, including the initial meeting of new clients through obtaining multi-million-dollar verdicts—his largest verdict being $208 million in asbestos litigation. Scott’s primary focus is on his clients and helping them prepare for depositions, while holding the offending companies’ feet to the fire to ensure they pay for their past wrongdoings. Knowing his clients would never willingly expose themselves to asbestos and subject themselves to developing mesothelioma, he works tenaciously to demonstrate how asbestos companies intentionally concealed information from the public and to hold them accountable for the injuries and damage they caused.
As the founding member of the Veterans Asbestos Alliance, an organization dedicated to helping veterans and their families who are victims of asbestos exposure, Scott finds seeking justice for their suffering to be the most rewarding aspect of his job. Known to be loyal to a fault and always in “help mode,” clients value Scott’s tenacity and perseverance when working on their case.
How I Help Clients
Guide them through understanding their rights
as we strive to uphold and protect the principle of accountability against wrongdoers.
Provide peace of mind
to clients through highly responsive service and complete accessibility.
Build personal, family-like relationships
with them to bring comfort, extend trust, and let them know I’m fighting for them as if they were my own family.
Ensure their needs are met
as my background and shared life experiences allows me to relate well to them and their challenges.
Scott graduated from California State University in 1995 and earned his law degree from New College of California School of Law in 1998. Just two short months after passing the bar, Scott won his first trial for a personal injury action and was recognized in legal periodicals. After that victory, he realized his potential to help more people and their families by representing individuals who have been exposed to asbestos and have developed mesothelioma. Scott has previously been recognized by Super Lawyers in Northern California.
How I like to spend my time…
Outside of the office, I enjoy spending time with my wife and three children. I love the outdoors including camping, boating, fishing and hunting as well as playing guitar.
What’s on my bucket list…
- Sailing the Caribbean
- SCUBA Diving the Great Barrier Reef