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Scott S. Anders

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In addition to business and real estate experience, Scott Anders has experience as a former civil prosecutor and former District Court Judge in Clark County, Washington. This combination allows him to offer a unique skill set very few attorneys can provide. With his extensive background and deep understanding of government workings, lobbying, and the dynamics that exist between public and private entities at the local, state, and regional levels, Scott knows the paths and processes needed to work with government to achieve goals, and he can effectively and collaboratively work towards solutions.

As a shareholder at Jordan Ramis, Scott's legal practice focuses on commercial real estate and land use law, and serving as outside business counsel to his clients. His practice is driven by his desire to help people navigate the complex legal system to achieve their goals, be successful in business, and help build community. Scott's clients include local businesses, as well as international corporations in industries including commercial, retail, manufacturing, high tech, and education. Scott's reputation and breadth of experience has earned him an Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® Attorney rating.  He has been a member of the Rotary Club of Vancouver for 11 years and is currently President.

Real Estate and Land Use Law

Scott regularly assists developers, property managers, private landowners, and municipalities with a wide range of real estate development, transactional, commercial leasing, land use, and project finance issues. His real estate experience includes:
  • Purchase, sale and leasing of commercial and retail property.
  • Commercial and retail landlord/tenant issues including evictions and collection of past due amounts.
  • Code enforcement, condemnation, and pursuing foreclosure of commercial property on behalf of clients.
  • Development.
  • Finance.
  • Leasing and property management.
  • Real property tax issues.

Outside General Counsel

Due to his expansive legal experience, Scott is able to advise on a broad range of legal issues. His business clients can rest assured knowing that their attorney is well-versed in business issues from both the public and private perspective. Smaller issues can be handled easily, and Scott readily draws from the larger resource of lawyers at Jordan Ramis to deal with specialized areas when needed. His experience includes both work for private businesses, as well as for public and government entities:
  • Public and Government Entities
    Elections laws, operating statutes and codes, ordinances and resolutions, collection and debt matters, police powers, annexation issues, service issues, public bidding and processes, general governance, contracts, ethics issues, budget and public finance, public purchasing, formation governance, and operation of special purpose districts.
  • Private Businesses
    Real estate, land use and development, leases, tenant issues, collections, contracts, equipment leasing, corporate governance, formation and financing, and mergers and acquisitions.
Scott's leadership as a District Court Judge enabled him to serve as a liaison between the court and county commissioners.  While performing the usual duties of a judge, he also presided over a successful mental health court, now emulated by other counties throughout Washington and Oregon. An active member of the community, Scott also draws on his past experience in the credit industry to give regular presentations to high school juniors and seniors on the potentials and pitfalls of using credit.  His professional involvement has included assisting in the development of guidelines for improved access to the judicial system in the state of Washington and serving on a best practices subcommittee to create performance standards in trial courts.

Education & Admissions

Education:
  • J.D., Northwestern School of Law, Lewis & Clark College,1989
  • B.S., University of Oregon, Rhetoric and Communications and History, 1984
Admissions:
  • State of Oregon
  • State of Washington
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon

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Memberships & Activities

  • Rotary Club of Vancouver, President
  • American Bar Association 
  • Clark County Bar Association
  • Vancouver Chamber of Commerce
  • City of Vancouver Fire and Building Code Commission, Member at Large

Awards and Honors

  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® Attorney

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