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, business disputes, as well as a variety of real property disputes.

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

Scott is president of the Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Committee.

Scott Ditfurth is a civil litigator with an emphasis on business 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. Specifically, Scott’s litigation practice encompasses contract claims, business disputes, as well as a variety of real property disputes, including land use and planning, eminent domain and inverse condemnation.

Scott’s clients include the cities of Riverside, Redlands and Arcadia, the Riverside County Transportation Commission and Western Municipal Water District. On behalf of RCTC, he is on the legal team involved with the toll road expansion of State Route 91 in Riverside, a $1.4 billion project.

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 and the Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center.

Scott is admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and is admitted to practice law in the State of California.

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 agency in $750,000 claim for property acquisition, resulting in a jury verdict that represented the appraisal amount set forth by the public agency.
  • Inverse Condemnation: Successfully defended a $600,000 claim for inverse condemnation at court trial 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 millions, 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.


Awards

  • Super Lawyers Southern California Rising Star, Business Litigation, 2013-2015
Expert Witnesses: Effective Questioning
Authored Articles & Publications May 22, 2019

Expert Witnesses: Effective Questioning

Litigator Scott Ditfurth Shares Best Practices in Riverside Lawyer

Best in Law: How to Navigate Legal Pitfalls of Using Airbnb
Authored Articles & Publications Oct 30, 2016

Best in Law: How to Navigate Legal Pitfalls of Using Airbnb

Knowing Local Laws and Rights for Short-Term Rental Success

  • “Is Going Green Worth It? The Legal Complexities and Challenges to Building ‘Green,’” Climate Change Law & Policy Reporter, Vol. 4, No. 2, June 2011
  • “LEEDigation: The Legal Complexities and Challenges to Building ‘Green,’” Daily Journal, Aug. 11, 2011

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