R. Craig Scott
Founder & Managing Director
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 nearly forty years representing employers. Mr. Scott understands how employers typically deal with executives' employment issues. And from that understanding, for twenty-five years, 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.
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 "AVPreeminent®" 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.
Brittany Ann Melling is a Senior Attorney with Executive Law Group, in its D.C. Metro office, where she focuses her practice on advising executives and other professionals. She assists her clients to obtain, understand or augment their severance packages. Ms. Melling also helps executives understand their rights when entering employment agreements, and she counsels executives in workplace crisis.
In addition to her work with executives, Ms. Melling assists her Washington D.C. clients with their estate plans and probate work.
Before joining ELG, Ms. Melling was a law clerk for Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo in their Cerritos and Irvine, California offices. She worked in the firm’s Education Law Section, starting in the summer of 2010, where she assisted school districts throughout Southern California navigate their discipline, termination, and other personnel issues. She actively participated in layoff hearings and mediations and prepared responses to complaints submitted to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against various school districts. She has experience reviewing and preparing documents in response to expansive and contentious public records requests.
After Ms. Melling moved to Washington D.C., she spent some time as a news reporter for MLex Market Insight covering International Trade issues. She became very familiar with the Department of Commerce and International Trade Commission’s processes in dealing with antidumping and countervailing duty complaints. She published over 200 news articles for the online publication.
Ms. Melling received her B.A. degree from Brigham Young University, and her J.D. degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2011 where she was a member of the law review and graduated cum laude.
Ms. Melling is licensed to practice law in Utah and Washington D.C. She is an active member of the Washington D.C. Bar’s Labor and Employment Law, and Estates, Trusts and Probate Law Sections.
Ms. Melling currently resides outside of Washington D.C. in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband and two children.
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.