T. Scott Belden

office: 661.864.7827
fax: 661.878.9797

Bar Admissions

State Bar of California, 1996 U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1997
All California Federal District Courts, 1996 and 1997


Bachelor of Science, cum laude,
University of Alabama, 1993
Juris Doctor, with distinction, University
of the Pacific, McGeorge School of
Law, 1996
Master of Business Administration
(Accounting and Finance), Regis
University, 2005

T. Scott Belden

T. Scott Belden is a founding member  and Managing Partner of Belden Blaine Raytis, LLP. Scott was previously managing partner at the Bakersfield law firm of Klein DeNatale Goldner, having worked there for over 17 years. Scott's practice encompasses all aspects of business and commercial litigation, with an emphasis on management-side employment litigation. Scott's litigation experience has included management, resolution, and trial of complex business, employment, oil and gas, agricultural, partnership, and environmental disputes in states and federal courts throughout California.

Practice Focus

Employment (Management) Litigation, Business Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Business Reorganizations, and Creditor Rights

Professional Associations and Leadership

  • Kern County Bar Association, 1996-present
  • Society of Human Resource Professionals, 2019-present
  • Federal Bar Association, 2007-2017
    Board of Directors, 2012-2015
  • Central California Bankruptcy Association, 1996-2017
    President, 2005-2006
  • Professor, California Pacific School of Law; Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure 2000-2002
  • Professor, Kern County College of Law: Remedies, Employment Law, 2019-present
  • Lawyer Representative, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judicial Conference, 2010-2013

Reported Cases

Parker v. Community First Bank (In re Bakersfield Westar, Inc.) 123 F. 3d 1243 (9th Cir. 1997)
Parker v. United States of America, 226 B.R. 227 (9th Cir. BAP 1998)
Seed Services, Inc. v. Winsor Grain, Inc., 868 F.Supp.2d 998 (E.D. Cal. 2012)

Professional Experience

Belden Blaine Raytis, LLP, 2013-present
Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, Cooper, Rosenlieb & Kimball, LLP, 1996-2013
Judge Advocate General, California State Military Reserve, Col, 2005-present
Commander, Legal Support Command, Staff Judge Advocate, California State Guard, 2019-present
U.S. Air Force, Active Duty 1982-1992; Reserves 1992-1996; Office of Special Investigations 1988-1996


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