Joshua Piovia-Scott

Joshua Piovia-Scott

Partner
Location:
Pasadena, California
Phone:
626-381-9261
866-457-2590 (Toll-Free)
Fax:
626-577-7079
Email:

Joshua Piovia-Scott is a partner at the civil rights litigation firm of Hadsell Stormer & Renick, LLP. Mr. Piovia-Scott specializes in both class action and individual civil and constitutional rights cases involving police misconduct, harassment and discrimination, wrongful termination, retaliation for whistleblowing, slavery and human trafficking, the right to free speech and wage theft by employers. Mr. Piovia-Scott has practiced in both state and federal court, and has represented clients at all stages of litigation. He helped open the firm's Bay Area office in 2016 and now works out of both the Los Angeles and Bay Area offices.

Mr. Piovia-Scott has worked on a wide range of high profile cases, including as one of the lead counsel in Mayfield v. Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, where he helped obtain a $5 million settlement on behalf of a young man who was beaten in the Sacramento County Jail, whose mental illness went untreated and who was paralyzed in a suicide attempt. In De La Trinidad v. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Mr. Piovia-Scott helped secure a $5.3 million settlement on behalf of the family of a man who was shot and killed by Sheriff's deputies, and in Ruiz v. Jackson, where a jury awarded $1.6 million against a Sony Executive for coercing a Filipino woman into service as a domestic slave. Mr. Piovia-Scott was one of the lead counsel in Claypole v. Monterey County, where he helped obtain a $1.1 million settlement on behalf of the mother of a young man who committed suicide in the Monterey County Jail, and Navarro v. Pacifica, a class action on behalf of hotel workers who were not being paid overtime or receiving their meal and rest breaks that settled for $6.5 million.

Mr. Piovia-Scott served as lead trial counsel in a three-week arbitration trial in which he obtained a $1 million verdict on behalf of a long-time employee who was discriminated against and then terminated because of his age.

Mr. Piovia-Scott is also one of the lead counsel in Keunang v. LAPD, a case on behalf of the family of an unarmed homeless man whose videotaped killing by the LAPD was seen by millions of people around the world and Morad v. Long Beach Police Department, a case on behalf of the family of an accomplished college student who was shot and killed by the Long Beach Police Department despite the fact that he was unarmed and seriously injured.

Mr. Piovia-Scott secured a published appellate court victory for the First Amendment right to political speech. He was one of the lead counsel in the case of former Orange County Sheriff Jeff Bardzik, who alleged that he was retaliated against by then-Sheriff Michael Carona for supporting Carona's opponent in the election for County Sheriff. Mr. Piovia-Scott successfully briefed and argued the case in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which issued a published opinion holding that Bardzik could proceed to trial on his First Amendment right to political speech claim and that Carona was not entitled to qualified immunity for his retaliation. Bardzik v. County of Orange, 635 F.3d 1138 (9th Cir. 2011). The case later settled for $950,000, one of the largest settlements of this kind in the history of Orange County.

Mr. Piovia-Scott received the 'Religious Liberty Award' from the ACLU of Southern California in 2012 for his work on a case challenging the United States government's surveillance of Muslim Americans solely on the basis of their religion. Fazaga, et al. v. Federal Bureau of Investigations, et al., SACV11-00301CJC (VBKx).

Mr. Piovia-Scott was selected as a "Super Lawyer" by the Los Angeles Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine in 2017 and 2018 after being selected as a "Rising Star" by the same publication each year since 2005. He is frequently asked to speak about civil rights litigation by legal organizations, law schools and universities, including the UCLA School of Law, Loyola Law School and Occidental College.

Mr. Piovia-Scott graduated from the UCLA School of Law in 2002 as part of the Program in Public Interest Law and Policy and was a member of the second class of the law school's Concentration in Critical Race Studies. While in law school, Mr. Piovia-Scott worked for the ACLU of Southern California, the Western Center on Law and Poverty and the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. He spent his first law school summer in Guatemala helping prepare a case on behalf of families of people who had been kidnapped and murdered by groups aligned with the government during that country's civil conflict and his second summer in Geneva, Switzerland working on the World Conference Against Racism at the United Nations.

Mr. Piovia-Scott graduated from the University of California at San Diego with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and from Berkeley High School.

Areas of Practice

  • Class Actions
  • Individual Civil and Constitutional Rights

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2002
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit

Education

  • University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. - 2002
    • Honors: Program in Public Interest Law and Policy
    • Honors: Member of the Second Class of the law school's Concentration in Critical Race Studies
    • Honors: World Conference Against Racism at the United Nations
  • University of California San Diego, San Diego, California
    • B.A.
    • Major: Political Science
    • Minor: Law and Society
  • Berkeley High School

Representative Cases

Classes/Seminars

  • Litigating Human Slavery Cases, Loyola Law School, 2012 - Present
  • Speaker, Civil Rights Litigation, UCLA School of Law
  • Speaker, Civil Rights Litigation, Loyola Law School
  • Speaker, Civil Rights Litigation, Occidental College

Honors and Awards

  • Religious Liberty Award, ACLU of Southern California, June, 2012
  • Rising Star, Los Angeles Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine, 2005 - 2015
  • Super Lawyer, Los Angeles Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine, 2017 - 2018

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • California Employment Lawyers Association
  • National Lawyers Guild

Past Employment Positions

  • ACLU of Southern California
  • Western Center on Law and Poverty
  • Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles

Pro Bono Activities

  • National Police Accountability Project, Member

Languages

  • Spanish