Ruth P. Scott of Counsel

Ruth P. Scott of Counsel

of Counsel
Los Angeles, California

Ruth Scott is a member of the American Bar Association and the LA County Bar, and is admitted to practice before all California Courts, and the United States District Court Central District of California.
Ms. Scott came to Castro & Associates with an extensive legal and research background. She clerked with the Employee Relations Division of the Los Angeles City Attorney, and served as a Research Attorney in the Appellate, and Law and Motion departments for the Fresno Superior Court. She has also clerked at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

Ruth Scott is noted for her extensive writing skills. She has prepared both appellate briefs and writs, and has participated in numerous site investigations that required interaction with structural, mechanical, and architectural experts.

Ruth Scott came to the Castro firm in 1988 and has been responsible for a variety of construction defect cases in Southern California, involving hundreds of condominium projects and single family residences. She assisted Mr. Castro in the acclaimed Monterey Hills case, contributing notably to both litigation and trial. She has brought these same skills to every other trial and arbitration in which she has participated. Notably, Ms. Scott has been involved in the litigation over the apartment collapse that resulted in 16 deaths as a result of the Northridge Earthquake. Ms Scott also second-chaired in the Promenade Case, the first structural engineering design defect case in Los Angeles County.

Ruth Scott was formerly associated with insurance defense firms where she handled numerous claims. In addition, Ms. Scott was involved in complex business litigation, attorney malpractice, and toxic tort litigation which benefited from her outstanding writing skills.

Year Joined Firm

  • 1988

Areas of Practice

  • Defective design/construction cases
  • Construction injury/death cases
  • Landslides, soils, slope failures
  • Earthquake, structural damage cases
  • Construction insurance cases
  • Water intrusion, mold cases
  • Failure analysis
  • Welded steel moment frame cases
  • Contract disputes
  • Concrete, foundation defects
  • Framing, windows, doors defects
  • Roofs, balconies, deck defects
  • HVAC, mechanical defects
  • Plumbing, electrical defects
  • Stucco, plaster, drywall defects
  • Steel Frame High Rise
  • Soils
  • Condominium, townhouse cases
  • Apartment, commercial cases
  • Single family residence, estate cases
  • High rise building cases
  • Restaurant/Hotel cases
  • Industrial/Manufacturing cases
  • Construction Insurance cases
  • Schools, hospitals, non profit cases
  • Green structures, LEED certification
  • Parks, recreational, playing field cases

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California


  • Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. - 1979
  • UC Berkeley
    • B.A. - 1965
    • Major: French
  • UC Berkeley
    • Master of Arts - 1969
    • Major: History

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • LA County Bar, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Employee Relations Division of the Los Angeles City Attorney, Clerk
  • Fresno Superior Court, Appellate, and Law and Motion departments, Research Attorney
  • Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Clerk