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 systems, lobbying, and 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. He works efficiently and collaboratively with his clients and all parties to reach optimal solutions.
As a shareholder at Jordan Ramis, Scott focuses his practice 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.
Real Estate and Land Use Law
Scott regularly assists developers, property managers, and private landowners with a wide range of real estate development, transactional, commercial leasing, 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
- 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. Scott readily draws from the larger resource of lawyers at Jordan Ramis to deal with specialized areas when needed.
Scott’s history of 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. 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 experience includes 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.
In addition to practicing law, Scott remains an active member of the community. He has been a member of the Rotary Club of Vancouver for 17 years and is a past president, participates in strengthening the region’s economy through Identity Clark County, and is a commissioner for the Clark County Fire District 3.
- J.D., Northwestern School of Law, Lewis & Clark College,1989
- B.S., University of Oregon, Rhetoric and Communications and History, 1984
- 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
Membership and Activities
- Rotary Club of Vancouver
- American Bar Association
- Clark County Bar Association
- Vancouver Chamber of Commerce
- Clark County Fire District 3 Commissioner
- City of Vancouver Fire and Building Code Commission, Member at Large
Awards and Honors
- Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® Attorney
- Co-Presenter, “Real Estate Contracts: Purchase and Sale Agreements, Leases and More,” Webinar, National Business Institute, April 2021
- “Landlord’s Guide to the Legal Universe,” Clark County Realtors Association, May 2018
Southwest Washington – 2001 is coming and will find you
October 2, 2019
By Scott S. Anders, Attorney This article was orginially published in the September 20, 2019 edition of the Vancouver Business Journal. Developers, contractors, and local governments all need to gear up for 2001. Lest you think I have lost my…
Pay Now or Pay Later
November 29, 2017
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Guard Against a Claim of Specific Performance When Selling Your Home
October 3, 2016
BY SCOTT ANDERS This article originally appeared in the September 23, 2016, edition of the Vancouver Business Journal Have you recently had thoughts of putting your house on the market to see what you can get for it? During the…