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Scott J. Hyman

Scott J. Hyman

Clients hate surprises. To help clients avoid them, Scott frequently authors and lectures on industry legal developments, dives into litigation matters early, and offers honest and practical advice and solutions.

Scott is the Firm’s Data Protection Officer, and holds CIPP/US, CIPP/E, CIPT, and CIPM certifications from the International Association of Privacy Professionals.  Scott completed the Harvard VPAL Cybersecurity: Managing Risk in the Information Age program, and has been appointed to the Advisory Board for the Certificate Program in Big Data at the College of Extended Learning at California State University — East Bay.

Scott was appointed to two back-to-back 2-year terms to the State of California’s Department of Financial Protection and Innovation’s Debt Collection Advisory Committee.  (2021-2023, 2023-2025).  This appointment follows 25 years of legal practice devoted to representing financial institutions, national banks, automobile finance companies, and loan servicers. Scott has counseled and defended the Firm’s clients on privacy and cyber-security matters, and has extensive experience defending individual and class actions brought under state and federal Truth-in-Lending laws, UDAP laws, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA).

Scott is a Fellow of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers and is a Vice President and Governing Committee member of the Conference on Consumer Finance Law.  Scott has published dozens of articles in the Conference on Consumer Finance Law Quarterly Report and other scholarly periodicals on legal issues of interest to the financial services industry.   Scott also is a contributing author to Debt Collection Practice in California (CEB), having authored since 1998 the CEB’s treatise on “The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act” and co-authored since 2014 the CEB’s treatise on “The Telephone Consumer Protection Act”. Since 2008, Scott has authored the Firm’s California Personal Property Finance industry weblog, having summarized and posted on over 3,000 decisions related to consumer finance.

Scott joined the Firm’s San Francisco office in 1995, and moved to Orange County in 1999 to help open the Firm’s new Irvine office.  Scott and his wife remain in Irvine and raised their two children there.  But, Scott’s family has kept its Bay Area roots by remaining involved the athletic and academic community of Stanford University.  Their son won back-to-back NCAA D-1 National Championships in soccer while at Stanford, and then graduated with a Masters Degree in Industrial Design from Georgia Tech.  Their daughter received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in mechanical engineering from Stanford, and works for a robotic surgery systems manufacturer.


  • The University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, J.D., with Distinction, 1990
  • The Pennsylvania State University, Schreyer Honors College, B.A., with Honors, 1987
  • Harvard VPAL Cybersecurity: Managing Risk in the Information Age (2020)


  • California
  • Southern District of Texas
  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court


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