Scott F. Gibson


Practice Areas


  • Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law (LL.M, Biotechnology and Genomics)
  • Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1986)
  • Arizona State University (B.A., Journalism, summa cum laude, 1983)

Court Admissions

  • State of Arizona
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit

Practice Areas

  • Employment Law
  • Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Intellectual Property

Professional Memberships & Activities

  • State Bar of Arizona (Employment and Labor Law Section)
  • Defense Research Institute (Employment Law Committee)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Judge Pro Tem, Maricopa County Superior Court
  • Professor at ASU – Teaches Law 691: “Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants”

Publications & Presentations

  • Protect Your Intangible Assets, For The Defense Magazine (2010)
  • Ten Fatal Mistakes Business Owners Make: And How to Avoid Them (2009)
  • Determining Ownership of Genetic Samples, 48 Jurimetrics J. 167-191 (2008)
  • Trade Secrets and Employment Issues
  • What’s Mine is Not Yours (with Charlotte C. Johnson)
  • Attorney/Client Relationship, Arizona Employment Law Handbook (2006)
  • Arizona Section, Employment Law: A State-by-State Compendium (2006)
  • Is the Hedonic Damages Party Almost Over? (with Jerome M. Staller, Ph.D.)
  • Expert Testimony on Hedonic Damages is Inadmissible
  • Securities – Determining Equal Fault Between Tippers and Tippees Under Rule 10b-5

Dedicated to his law practice for 26 years, Mr. Gibson was recently recognized as one of the Valley’s top lawyers in the North Valley Magazine’s October/November 2012 issue. He is committed to helping businesses and individuals navigate the challenges of the legal system. His practice focuses on intellectual property and employment law and helps businesses prosper by properly managing their intangible assets.

Over the years he has developed a reputation for his uncanny ability to quickly discern the most important issues in a case and to focus on ways to resolve rather than to expand litigation. However, when a case cannot be resolved through legal motions or favorable negotiations, Mr. Gibson is a well prepared and capable trial attorney.

His passion for law doesn’t stop there.

He has a keen interest in writing and has an undergraduate journalism background from Arizona State University. Mr. Gibson continually uses the written word to share his knowledge – be it with his law students at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, through his popular blog at or his frequent business related tweets.

In the fall of 2005, Mr. Gibson enrolled as a member of the inaugural class in the LLM program in Biotechnology and Genomics at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU. The program is the first of its type in the world and Mr. Gibson is one of a small group of lawyers who have completed the program.

Scott says the curriculum was challenging but rewarding, providing him a unique perspective on critical legal issues arising from these emerging technologies.

Following graduation from the program in 2007, Scott was offered an opportunity to instruct his own class in the college of law. He is in his second year of teaching Law 691: “Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants” on Tuesday evenings at the Tempe campus.

Scott’s overarching philosophy in how he deals with others – whether it is a client, a family member, a student or a stranger on the street – is simple, but insightful, “treat people right.”

“Be honorable, be fair,” he adds, “Do the right thing, follow correct principles and good things will happen.”

“I am, first of all, a husband and father,” the father-of-four says. “My family is my greatest joy in life.”

“If I could choose to do anything – it wouldn’t matter what – as long as I could do it with my wife,” says Scott.

Expanding his knowledge and skills applies to other areas of Scott’s life as well. For instance, he looks forward each year to the family Christmas Eve dinner celebration, for which he is the main chef. He says preparation starts in early October when he pulls out a variety of cookbooks and begins picking new recipes to try. Although questioned once by a son about why the family doesn’t have “normal food” for Christmas, Scott believes they do enjoy seeing what delicacies might turn up on the table at the annual feast.

Current Events

  • Did Phoenix Police Department Endorse Trump? Attorney Scott Gibson states why that might NOT be the case.
  • Az Business Magazine featured Attorney Scott Gibson as a 2013 Top Employment/Labor Law Attorney in their March/April Az Business Magazine’s special 2013 top lawyer edition

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