Bryan K. Scott has resided in North Las Vegas and Las Vegas since April 1970. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (Management) from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1988 and a Juris Doctorate degree from Northwestern School of Law, Lewis and Clark College in 1991. An Attorney since October 11, 1991, he has worked for the City of Las Vegas since August 5, 1996 and is currently the City Attorney for the City of Las Vegas. During his time with the City of Las Vegas, Scott has practiced in the areas of General Civil Litigation, Special Improvement Districts, Condemnations, Land Use, Zoning and Planning, Ethics, Cannabis Regulation, Public Records and the Open Meeting Law. From 1996 to 2005 he served as a Deputy City Attorney. From 2005 to 2016 he served as the Assistant City Attorney. From 2016 to 2020 he served as the Senior Assistant City Attorney. On June 17, 2020, Scott was unanimously ratified by the Las Vegas City Council as the 23rd and first African-American City Attorney for the City of Las Vegas in the city’s history (119 years).
From 1991-1993, Scott was an Associate Attorney for Donald J. Campbell & Associates (NKA Campbell & Williams) and an Associate Attorney for Rawlings, Olson, Cannon, Gormley & Desruisseaux (NKA Olson Cannon Gormley & Stoberski) from 1993-1996.
From 2006 to 2009 and from 2010 to 2018 Scott was a member of the State Bar of Nevada Board of Governors. He was the 88th and first African-American President of the State Bar of Nevada in 2016-2017. He was a member of the Nevada Board of Continuing Legal Education from 2011 to 2014. Scott was the first African-American President of the Clark County Law Foundation in 2006 and was elected as the first African-American President of the Clark County Bar Association in 2005. He served as a Board Member/Secretary-Treasurer/President-Elect of the Clark County Bar Association from 2000 to 2004.
In 1996 Scott was elected as the President of the Las Vegas Chapter of the National Bar Association. He served in that position until 1999.
Scott is the past Chairman of the State Bar of Nevada’s Diversity Committee and served on the Nevada Supreme Court’s Bench-Bar Committee for three years. Scott currently sits on the Board of the Justice Michael L. Douglas Pre-Law Fellowship Program which seeks to introduce students from underrepresented communities to the rigors of law school and the benefits of having a legal education.
Since 2021, Scott has been a member of the Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board’s Cannabis Advisory Commission’s Subcommittee on Social Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Scott has won a number of awards and accolades for his legal, public service and community service work, including:
On October 8, 2022 The Las Vegas City Attorney’s Office was recognized by the Las Vegas Chapter of the National Bar Association (LVNBA) as “Law Firm of the Year” for its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) efforts during the LVNBA’s 41st Annual Scholarship and Awards Gala.
On February 1, 2022 Scott was recognized by the Clark County Black Caucus as one of Nevada’s Black Law Trailblazers and spoke on a panel of distinguished Nevada Legal “firsts” during the Las Vegas Mob Museum’s “Leaders in Law: Celebrating Nevada’s Black Legal Trailblazers” Black History Month Program.
On October 1, 2021, during its Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA) awarded Scott with “The Burk E. (Buck) Delventhal Legal Advocacy and Education Award”
In June 2021, the State Bar of Nevada honored Scott with naming its annual “Trailblazer Award” after him and awarding him the Inaugural “Bryan K. Scott Trailblazer Award” during its Annual Meeting on Coronado Island
In May 2019, Scott was named the “James M. Bartley Distinguished Public Lawyer” by the Public Lawyers Section of the State Bar of Nevada in Lake Tahoe, Nevada
In 2019, Scott was named as “Trailblazer of the Year” by the Nevada Association of Real Estate Brokers.
In September 2018, Scott was recognized by the Las Vegas Chapter of the National Bar Association as its “Attorney of the Year”
Scott was honored by the Las Vegas Chapter of the National Bar Association in 2019 by the establishment and awarding of the “Bryan K. Scott Book Scholarship” for Law Students.
In 2018 Scott was recognized by the Asian American Advocacy Clinic with its “Unsung Hero” award.
Scott was the Keynote Speaker and awarded the “Educational Pioneer Award” by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach in 2017.
Scott has been recognized as a “Legal Elite: Nevada’s Top Attorneys (Government) by Nevada Business Magazine in 2012, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Scott was honored by the Las Vegas Chapter of the National Bar Association during its 2006 annual Scholarship Gala.
In 2005, Scott received the Martin P. Dowling Volunteer of the Year award from the Clark County Bar Association
In 2002, Scott was awarded the Clark County Bar Association’s Circle of Support Award.
Scott has participated as a speaker during numerous Community events, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) sessions and acted as a speaking panelist and authored numerous articles on various subject matters including: Cannabis regulation, Special Improvement Districts (SIDs), Appearing before an administrative agency, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and Nevada African American Attorney “firsts” among other subject matters for the State Bar of Nevada’s Nevada Lawyer Magazine, the Clark County Bar Association’s Communique’ Magazine and other legal publications.