Attorneys & Management
Our lawyers have had distinguished careers as employment or corporate attorneys, most of them with prominent law firms. Each lawyer has been selected for his or her exceptional analytical skills and judgment, excellent oral and written expression, and keen business sense.
Not every lawyer who understands the legal issues facing executives qualifies to work with Executive Law Group. Beyond their lawyering skills, our attorneys are attuned to the human issues associated with involuntary separation, workplace crises, and the unknowns of starting a new position.
Our lawyers are patient and empathetic with our executives, but tough when resolving an executive's issues with the employer. While Executive Law Group attorneys bring highly-developed legal and personal skills to their work, each one receives additional training from founder and CEO, R. Craig Scott, before beginning executive representation. Regular in-service training and attendance (both as presenters and participants) in Mandatory Continuing Legal Education courses keep our lawyers on their toes.
The satisfaction of our executives is the final test of our services. We regularly determine from the executives, whether the responsible Executive Law Group attorney has met our high client service standards.
R. Craig Scott
Founder & Managing Partner
One thing the thousands of executives he has represented like best about R. Craig Scott, is where he comes from professionally. Mr. Scott is uniquely qualified to represent executives because of his forty years representing employers. Mr. Scott understands how employers typically deal with executives' employment issues. And from that understanding, he has developed techniques and strategies to assist executives to cut the best deals possible, whether they are moving into, or out of, an employment situation.
Mr. Scott's success in the representation of executives lead to his being named "Lawyer of the Year," in both 2013 and 2019, by Best Lawyers® for Employment Law-Individuals, Orange County.
Further evidence of Mr. Scott's distinguished career is found in the annual Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, Inc.) survey in which his peers have recognized him as one of California's top labor and employment law attorneys every year since 1996. For many years, Mr. Scott has held the highest distinction of being "AV Preeminent®" Rated by his peers, for legal ability and ethical standards. Since the recognition was first announced in 2004, Mr. Scott has also regularly been named a Southern California Super Lawyer by Los Angeles Magazine.
Prior to establishing the management-side employment law firm of Scott & Whitehead in 1993, Mr. Scott was the partner leading the Orange County, California employment law practice of the 260 attorney law firm of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton and, later, of the 50 attorney law firm of Pettis, Tester, Kruse & Krinsky.
For over five years, Mr. Scott authored a regular column, "Employment Law," in the Orange County Business Journal. He has published over 75 columns and articles on labor and employment law issues for publications including the Orange County Employer Advisory Council's Advisor, Business-to-Business, Long Beach Business Journal, Personnel Administrator and Small Business Report. He is the author or co-author of five books on employment law, including his Severance Agreements: 6 Steps™ To A Better Deal.
In addition to his professional achievements, Mr. Scott takes pride in his involvement in community affairs within his city of residence, Laguna Hills, California. Mr. Scott served four terms as Mayor, and 19 years on the City Council. He was twice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Orange County Fire Authority, and its Executive Committee. Mr. Scott graduated from the University of Utah's College of Law, where he received his J.D. Degree in 1978. He was a Member (1976-1977) and Articles Editor (1977-1978) of the Utah Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif.
Brian E. Cole
Mr. Cole served as Vice President and General Counsel for BAX Global, a major international transportation and logistics company, prior to becoming a partner at Scott & Whitehead. Mr. Cole has also served as in-house counsel to Federated Department Stores and Downey Savings & Loan.
Mr. Cole has been named a Southern California Super Lawyer by Los Angeles Magazine.
In his over 30 years of practice, Mr. Cole has had extensive experience representing management in labor and employment matters in the United States and internationally. He has regularly appeared before state and federal agencies in employment disputes and has successfully represented management in wrongful termination, sexual harassment, and discrimination cases, and defended employers in wage and hour class actions.
In addition to his employment law practice, Mr. Cole handles corporate and transportation law matters. Mr. Cole has testified in front of Congress on behalf of the aviation industry and has appeared before the DOT, FAA, NTSB and California P.U.C.
Mr. Cole's corporate practice includes representing numerous domestic and international corporations in the areas of contracts, corporate governance, OSHA, regulatory compliance, and business litigation. Mr. Cole has handled administrative compliance matters before the DOT, the U. S. Navy, the U.S. Air Force, OSHA, California's Department of Corporations, California Contractors' Board and the California Department of Real Estate. Mr. Cole has been a Board of Directors member and officer of several international corporations.
Mr. Cole graduated from Whittier College School of Law, where he received his J.D. degree in 1981. Mr. Cole received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Redlands in 1974. Mr. Cole was a graduate candidate at Harvard University.
Clarence Carter has served as the General Manager of Executive Law Group since its inception in 2000. Mr. Carter is responsible for the development of Executive Law Group's overall business strategy and personally heads the development of execlaw.com, Executive Law Group's web site and its back-end elements.
Mr. Carter has extensive marketing and advertising experience in the legal field. For over five years, Mr. Carter was responsible for all aspects of advertising for the Law Offices of Larry H. Parker, a well-known personal injury attorney. With precise target marketing towards its key demographic, the campaign developed the slogan "Larry Parker got me $2.1 million," into a household phrase in the Los Angeles broadcast market. Also of significant note, working with attorneys for actress Pamela Anderson regarding the wrongful distribution of the infamous "Pamela and Tommy Home Video," Mr. Carter's investigative and marketing skills, and knowledge of the Internet, contributed directly to the first ever court-approved service of temporary injunction and restraining orders via the World Wide Web.
Mr. Carter personally interacts with all clients and often is the first point of contact during the engagement of Executive Law Group's services. His ability to help executives and professionals immediately identify and evaluate their legal requirements, significantly streamlines the entire consultation process.