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Scott P. Thorne

Scott focuses on labor and employment law, primarily representing peace officers and firefighters. Scott came to MAJ as a PORAC LDF Panel Attorney with previous experience from two prominent Northern California law firms that primarily represent peace officers. Scott has extensive experience representing peace officers, firefighters, and other public sector employees in disciplinary investigations and appeals, contract grievances, and arbitrations, as well as in criminal investigations that arise from critical incidents such as officer-involved shootings, death in-custody investigations, inmate escape investigations, and investigations that result from Code 3 driving. He has also defended peace officers in civil matters, including state and federal civil rights litigation.

In law school, Scott worked as a Certified Legal Intern for the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office where he was assigned to the Firearms Calendar representing the People of California in W&I 8103 hearings. He also worked for two terms as a Legal Intern for the U.S. Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) where he gained valuable experience in federal sector labor-management relations by resolving disputes and ensuring compliance with the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute.

Prior to becoming a member of the Bar, Scott was a police officer in the East Bay Area, and a deputy sheriff in both southern and northern California. His experience as a law enforcement officer has proven to be an extremely valuable asset when representing peace officers. Scott knows, first hand, that officers must diligently defend not only their lives but also their livelihood.

Scott enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter, son, and German Shepherd. He and his family like to travel and enjoy the outdoors, especially on the California coast.

U.C. Hastings College of the Law, J.D. 2016
San Francisco State University, B.A. Philosophy and Law magna cum laude 2013
State Bar of California
Sacramento County Bar Association
Author, “Decision Further Clarifies (and Limits) POBR Statute of Limitations Protections,” PORAC Law Enforcement News (June 2023)

Co-author with Alison Berry Wilkinson, “Alameda Officers Found ‘Not Criminally Liable’ in Prone Restraint Death,” PORAC Law Enforcement News (May 2022)

Contributing author, The Labor Beat, Messing Adam & Jasmine’s periodic publication and alerts highlighting topics germane to public sector labor employees.

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