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What Makes Us Unique?

Our Mission

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Years of Combined Experience
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Jury Trials to Verdict
# 1
Excessive-Force Verdict in History $85 Million
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Rest Until We Get Justice

Dedicated and Experienced Attorneys

Why Choose McKenzie Scott Criminal Defense & Civil Rights Attorneys?

We fight for the little guy. And almost everyone is the little guy when facing the power of the government or big corporate money. We limit our practice to defending people against criminal accusations, to suing government agencies when they violate civil rights, and to holding corporations accountable when they hurt people. We emphasize jury trials and combine cutting-edge motions practice with tireless case preparation. That’s how we win.

Michele Akemi McKenzie

Michele A. McKenzie

Michele McKenzie is a founding partner of McKenzie Scott PC. After graduating from Stanford Law School in 2000, Michele McKenzie served for nearly twenty years at Federal Defenders of San Diego Inc. as a Trial Attorney, Trial Team Supervisor, First Assistant, and interim Executive Director before entering private practice. Michele has devoted her career to challenging systemic unfairness in the justice system, including the chronic under-representation of racial minorities on federal juries. Ms. McKenzie’s efforts are widely credited with helping to create a fairer jury pool in the Southern District today.

Timothy A. Scott


A graduate of Stanford Law School, Tim Scott has defended people’s constitutional rights in the courtroom for over 20 years. As a civil rights attorney, Tim Scott served as lead trial counsel in K.J.P. v. San Diego, the largest excessive-force verdict in American history ($85 million in compensatory damages).
As a criminal defense lawyer, he has tried over 60 cases to verdict, obtaining either acquittals, mistrials, or reversals on appeal in approximately three-quarters of them.

Practice Areas

How We Can Help

McKenzie Scott is a full-service civil rights, criminal defense, and personal injury law firm with proven experience in the following practice areas.

Civil Rights

Excessive Force

Federal Criminal Defense

Police Misconduct

White-Collar Criminal Defense

Illegal Search and Seizure

Serious Criminal Defense in Superior Courts

Catastrophic Personal Injury

Wrongful Death

Our Team

Taking on government or corporate entities can be intimidating. With McKenzie Scott’s seasoned team of justice warriors, you’ll have the peace of mind you need throughout the court process.

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    Awards & Recognition

    McKenzie Scott PC. Recognized for excellence in San Diego, throughout California, and nationwide.

    Our award-winning civil rights, criminal defense, and personal injury lawyers have the passion, skill, and experience you need to protect your rights.