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Scott MacLatchie

Scott MacLatchie
11215 North Community
House Road
Suite 750
Charlotte, NC 28277

Scott MacLatchie is a Partner in our office in Charlotte, North Carolina, and he has more than three decades of experience as a trial attorney, law enforcement officer and consultant to law enforcement agencies.

Scott has served as trial counsel for numerous law enforcement agencies on both coasts, and has defended class action litigation involving conditions at the Los Angeles County Jail, the nation’s largest municipal jail system. He regularly handles cases in both federal and state courts at both the trial level and on appeal.  In addition to his active litigation practice, Scott also serves as police attorney for six police departments in the Charlotte region.  He also regularly appears as the on-air commentator for Charlotte’s ABC affiliate on high profile law enforcement topics.

Scott served 42 years as a reserve deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department before retiring in 2021. Scott spent most of that time in patrol assignments, including a 22 year stint at LASD’s Special Enforcement Bureau, working saturation patrol in target areas countywide. Due to Scott’s background, he is often engaged to educate and provide counsel to law enforcement leadership and frontline officers on liability issues such as the use of force, day-to-day operational matters, and the challenges posed by First Amendment auditors and other constitutional activists.  To address the latter topic, Scott developed a training class, “Dangerous Crossroads Ahead: The Intersection of the First and Fourth Amendments.” Since 2016, Scott has presented this training to law enforcement and risk management audiences across the country.

Scott earned a Juris Doctorate from Loyola Marymount University, where he was named to the Dean’s List and participated in the Moot Court Honors Program. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern California.

He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Legal Officers’ Section, and was voted into the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).

EXPERIENCE

Scott has served as lead counsel in class action cases including a multistate diet drug lawsuit and defense of a major federal civil rights case regarding conditions at the Los Angeles County Jail. A seasoned investigator of workplace harassment, sexual harassment and a variety of other employment claims, Scott has extensive experience in state and federal courts and through the appeals process. He received an Award of Excellence for legal services from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and is often invited to speak at legal conferences, law enforcement training classes and to the media about the complexities of modern law enforcement.

ADMITTED

  • All North Carolina State Courts
  • All Georgia State Courts
  • All California State Courts
  • All Nebraska State Courts
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth and Ninth Circuits

EDUCATION

  • J.D., Loyola Marymount University
  • B.S., cum laude, University of Southern California

PUBLICATIONS

MEMBERSHIPS

  • International Association of Chiefs of Police Legal Officers’ Section
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • North Carolina Bar
  • Georgia Bar
  • California Bar
  • Nebraska Bar

Recognitions

  • Award of Excellence for legal services from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

PRESENTATIONS

  • Creator and trainer for Dangerous Crossroads class on constitutional law for law enforcement
  • On-air commentator for Charlotte’s ABC affiliate on high profile law enforcement topics
Written by: Scott MacLatchie, Esq. You have probably watched some of the first generation of videos that popped up on social media sites and on YouTube showing
CHARLOTTE, N.C. –  Hall Booth Smith, P.C. is pleased to announce that seasoned law enforcement consultant, workplace investigator and litigator Scott MacLatchie is joining the
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Scott MacLatchie is a Partner in our office in Charlotte, North Carolina, and he has more than three decades of experience as a trial attorney, law enforcement officer and consultant to law enforcement agencies.

Scott has served as trial counsel for numerous law enforcement agencies on both coasts, and has defended class action litigation involving conditions at the Los Angeles County Jail, the nation’s largest municipal jail system. He regularly handles cases in both federal and state courts at both the trial level and on appeal.  In addition to his active litigation practice, Scott also serves as police attorney for six police departments in the Charlotte region.  He also regularly appears as the on-air commentator for Charlotte’s ABC affiliate on high profile law enforcement topics.

Scott served 42 years as a reserve deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department before retiring in 2021. Scott spent most of that time in patrol assignments, including a 22 year stint at LASD’s Special Enforcement Bureau, working saturation patrol in target areas countywide. Due to Scott’s background, he is often engaged to educate and provide counsel to law enforcement leadership and frontline officers on liability issues such as the use of force, day-to-day operational matters, and the challenges posed by First Amendment auditors and other constitutional activists.  To address the latter topic, Scott developed a training class, “Dangerous Crossroads Ahead: The Intersection of the First and Fourth Amendments.” Since 2016, Scott has presented this training to law enforcement and risk management audiences across the country.

Scott earned a Juris Doctorate from Loyola Marymount University, where he was named to the Dean’s List and participated in the Moot Court Honors Program. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern California.

He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Legal Officers’ Section, and was voted into the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).

EXPERIENCE

Scott has served as lead counsel in class action cases including a multistate diet drug lawsuit and defense of a major federal civil rights case regarding conditions at the Los Angeles County Jail. A seasoned investigator of workplace harassment, sexual harassment and a variety of other employment claims, Scott has extensive experience in state and federal courts and through the appeals process. He received an Award of Excellence for legal services from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and is often invited to speak at legal conferences, law enforcement training classes and to the media about the complexities of modern law enforcement.

ADMITTED

  • All North Carolina State Courts
  • All Georgia State Courts
  • All California State Courts
  • All Nebraska State Courts
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth and Ninth Circuits

EDUCATION

  • J.D., Loyola Marymount University
  • B.S., cum laude, University of Southern California

PUBLICATIONS

MEMBERSHIPS

  • International Association of Chiefs of Police Legal Officers’ Section
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • North Carolina Bar
  • Georgia Bar
  • California Bar
  • Nebraska Bar

Recognitions

  • Award of Excellence for legal services from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

PRESENTATIONS

  • Creator and trainer for Dangerous Crossroads class on constitutional law for law enforcement
  • On-air commentator for Charlotte’s ABC affiliate on high profile law enforcement topics
Written by: Scott MacLatchie, Esq. You have probably watched some of the first generation of videos that popped up on social media sites and on YouTube showing
CHARLOTTE, N.C. –  Hall Booth Smith, P.C. is pleased to announce that seasoned law enforcement consultant, workplace investigator and litigator Scott MacLatchie is joining the
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