He has served as lead counsel in class action cases, including a multistate diet drug lawsuit and a federal civil rights case about conditions at the Los Angeles County Jail, the nation’s largest municipal jail system. He regularly handles cases in both federal and state courts at both the trial level and on appeal. He is a sought-after expert for investigating workplace harassment, sexual harassment and a wide variety of other employment and liability claims. In addition to his active litigation practice, Scott also serves as police attorney for five police departments in the Charlotte region. He also regularly appears as the on-air commentator for Charlotte’s ABC affiliate on high profile law enforcement topics.
Throughout his career, Scott has maintained his status as a sworn officer with a major metropolitan U.S. law enforcement agency, and is often engaged to educate and provide counsel to law enforcement leadership and frontline officers on liability issues, day-to-day operational matters, use of force and electronic control devices, and the changing dynamics in this era of citizens trying to bait police into overreaction while recording officers and police facilities on smart phones. To address the latter phenomenon, Scott developed a training class, “Dangerous Crossroads Ahead: The Intersection of the First and Fourth Amendments.” Since 2016, Scott has presented this training to law enforcement and risk management audiences across the country.
Scott earned a Juris Doctorate from Loyola Marymount University, where he was named to the Dean’s List and participated in the Moot Court Honors Program. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree, cum laude, from the University of Southern California.
He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Legal Officers’ Section, and was voted into the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).
Scott has served as lead counsel in class action cases including a multistate diet drug lawsuit and defense of a major federal civil rights case regarding conditions at the Los Angeles County Jail. A seasoned investigator of workplace harassment, sexual harassment and a variety of other employment claims, Scott has extensive experience in state and federal courts and through the appeals process. He received an Award of Excellence for legal services from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and is often invited to speak at legal conferences, law enforcement training classes and to the media about the complexities of modern law enforcement.
•“Defending Good Police Shootings Against Trigger-Happy Lawsuits,” American Bar Association’s The Brief: Tort & Insurance Practice Section, Summer 2001
•Award of Excellence for legal services from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
•Creator and trainer for Dangerous Crossroads class on constitutional law for law enforcement
•On-air commentator for Charlotte’s ABC affiliate on high profile law enforcement topics
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Hall Booth Smith Welcomes Scott MacLatchie as Partner in Charlotte Office
January 22, 2019
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Hall Booth Smith, P.C. is pleased to announce that seasoned law enforcement consultant, workplace investigator and litigator Scott MacLatchie is joining the
•International Association of Chiefs of Police Legal Officers' Section
•Defense Research Institute (DRI)
•American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
•North Carolina Bar
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