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Joel Scott

Associate Attorney

Mr. Scott joined the Gonzales Law Corporation as an Associate Attorney in 2021. He previously worked as a Deputy District Attorney where he gained invaluable courtroom experience prosecuting a wide range of misdemeanor and felony charges. Mr. Scott has deep roots in the Sacramento region, where he graduated from the California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communications and a Minor in Philosophy.

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After graduating college, Mr. Scott began his career working for a United States Congressman serving as a federal caseworker and public representative for the office. He was quickly promoted to Deputy Director of Constituent Services and during his tenure, he helped thousands of constituents resolve complex problems with numerous federal agencies.

While working full-time in this capacity, Mr. Scott attended law school in the evenings at Lincoln Law School of Sacramento. During law school, Mr. Scott made the Dean’s List for ranking in the top 5 of his class and achieved the highest-grade award in multiple classes. After receiving his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) and passing the California Bar Examination, Mr. Scott began working as a Deputy District Attorney in Sutter County.

As a Prosecutor, Mr. Scott quickly developed a comprehensive understanding of how law enforcement and district attorneys build cases and prosecute crimes. This insight has provided Mr. Scott with a keen sense of composure and confidence as a criminal defense attorney who is not afraid to challenge the government and protect his clients’ constitutional rights when faced with adversity.

As a former Deputy District Attorney and Congressional Staffer, Mr. Scott has acquired an exceptional combination of knowledge, skills, and experience to provide effective and dependable legal representation. Mr. Scott prides himself on his strong work ethic and tenacity to be a zealous advocate for his clients.

Outside of his professional life in the courtroom, Mr. Scott is very active within the Northern CA rugby community as a player and coach with the Sacramento State Rugby Team, Sacramento Lions Rugby Club, Sacramento Capitals Rugby Club, and the McGeorge Law School Rugby Club. He also enjoys spending time with his family and friends, traveling, reading a good book, and practicing yoga.


  • California Bar Association

  • B.A., Mass Communications, California State University of Sacramento Minor, Philosophy
  • J.D., Lincoln Law School of Sacramento - Dean's List

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