W. Scott Thomas


W. Scott Thomas, Esq. is a director of estate litigation with Dickenson Peatman & Fogarty in Napa, California. He has focused on estate planning, estate administration and estate litigation for more than three decades.  Worth Magazine has named him one of the Top 100 Estate Planners in the United States, and he is regularly chosen by his peers at other law firms for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America and the Northern California Superlawyers lists.
     Scott has planned the estates of a broad variety of family business owners, corporate executives and professionals, and has set up many charitable foundations for his clients.  He has advised fiduciaries on the proper administration of numerous multi-million dollar estates and has successfully defended the estate tax returns filed by such estates.  Scott has represented both fiduciaries and beneficiaries in estate litigation, including the much publicized litigation regarding the estates of the founders of DHL Courier Services and Squaw Valley Ski Resort.
     In addition to his practice, Scott has lectured for the American and California Bar Associations, has written for the University of Southern California Tax Institute and the California Continuing Education of the Bar, and has taught estate planning at the University of San Francisco School of Law.  He has served as chairman of the 3,500-member Tax Section of the California Bar Association.


A.B., Stanford University
J.D., Hastings College of Law
LL.M., Taxation, Golden Gate University

Bloomberg BNA Tax Management Portfolios:

1900 T.M., California Personal Income Tax (co-author)

1930 T.M., California Property Tax (co-author)