P. Mars Scott

Attorney

Professional Biography:     Mars is a fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, has been selected as a Mountain States Super Lawyer, is certified with the National Board of Trial Advocacy, elected as one of America’s top 100 attorneys in the state of Montana, is the immediate past Chairperson of the State Bar of Montana Family Law Section, past Chairperson of the State Bar of Montana Domestic Relations Study Commission, a member of the State Bar of Montana Professionalism Committee, a member of the Montana Trial Lawyers Association, and a current member of the Montana Supreme Court Commission on Technology's Electronic-Filing and Remote Access Task Force. Mars is peer and client-rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell. He has authored several legal articles and presents at continuing legal education events on a regular basis.

 

Lectures & Writings:     Presenter, “Limited Scope Representation”, Missoula College, University of Montana Paralegal Studies, (April, 2016); Presenter, “Limited Scope Representation,” Law Week CLE, University of Montana, (April of 2016); Presenter, "Complex Asset Distribution," "Family Law Apps for iPad and Android in 60 minutes," & "Client Interview Techniques"; Montana State Bar, Family Law Annual CLE, (June, 2014); Presenter, "Issues Related to Self-represented Litigants and the Impact of the Court System"; 2014 Board of Trustees' Retreat, (May, 2014); Contributed to website:@ www.realworlddivorce.com, Research & Explanation, Phillip Greenspun's Book, John Hopkins University; Montana Section (2014); Presenter, on the Efficacy of Implementing State-Wide Parenting Guidelines, Judge's conference, (May, 2014); Panelist, "My Life in Family Law: Why/How/What I Wish I Had Learned in Law School."; University of Montana Law School, Family Law Class, (January, 2014); Presenter, "2013 Legislative Changes to Family Law Statutes"; Statutory & Case update, Montana State Bar, Family Law Section Webinar, (November, 2013); Presenter," Family Law in a time of change (concurrent session)";State Bar of Montana Annual Meeting, Family Law Section,( September,2013); Presenter, “Limited Scope Part I"; Montana State Bar, Family Law Section Webinar (August, 2013); Presenter, "in Re: to the marriage of Funk." Northwestern Montana State Bar, Family Law Section (May, 2013); Presenter, "Family Law 101"; Montana State Bar, Family Law Section Webinar (July, 2013); Presenter, "Ethics Panel: Office Management, Fee Agreements, File Organization, etc." Montana State Bar, Family Law Section Annual CLE (May, 2013); Contributed to website:@ www.realworlddivorce.com, Research & Explanation, Phillip Co-Moderator, Annual Family Law Section CLE (2013);Summarized Legislative Process, Judges' Conference (2013);Presented CLE, Northwest Montana Bar Association (2013); Lecturer at the University of Montana School of Law, Family Law class, (2012); Summarized necessary family debt for State Bar of Montana's Veterans' Guide, (2012); Contributed to memorandum for MontGuide publication regarding premarital agreements, (2012); Published the article, Not the Cleavers Anymore: Third-Party Parental Interests in Minor Children and the Evolving American Family, in the Montana Law Review, (2012); Co-Author, article regarding Necessary Family Debt, Necessary Family Debt section, Veteran's Guide; For Montana veterans in an effort to improve legal services available to veterans in Montana, (2012); Lecturer, How to Read a 1040 Tax Form from a Dissolution Perspective, Montana State Bar Association, (2011); Lecturer, Montana Family Law Update, Montana State Bar--Great Falls, Montana, (2011); Lecturer, Montana Family Law Update, Montana State Bar Billings, Montana, (2011); Published an article in the Montana Lawyer magazine on six ways lawyers can foster the public's trust in the legal system, Author, Six Ways to Foster Public Trust in the Legal System, State Bar of Montana, (2011); Fee Agreements and Letters of Engagement, State Bar of Montana (2011); Pros and Cons of Allowing Limited Scope Representation and Ethical Considerations, State Bar of Montana (2011); 6 Ways to Foster Public Trust in Lawyers, Montana Lawyer (2011); Lecturer, How to Review a 1040 Tax Form from a Dissolution Perspective, Montana State Bar Association, (2010); Lectured to high school students about the judicial branch of government and why the rule of law is important in our society, Lecturer, Law Day Lecture, Western Montana Bar Association,(2010); Presenter, The Law, the Guardian and the Judge, Montana Fourth Judicial District Court, (2009); Discussed how two fundamental rights guaranteed by Montana’s Constitution, namely the Public’s Right to Know, Article II, Section 9, and the Right of Individual Privacy, Article II, Section 10, can be in conflict with each other in a dissolution action, Lecturer, Privacy Rules as They Related to Family Law, Montana Bar Association, (2009); Privacy Rules as They Relate to Family Law, State Bar of Montana (2009); Presenter, Why Do We Practice Family Law?, Montana State Bar Association, (2008); Balancing Personal and Work Life, Montana Lawyer (2007); Ethical Consideration, State Bar of Montana (2004);  Professionalism - Has the Meaning Changed?, Montana Lawyer (1989).

 

Personal Biography:     Mars was raised in Helena. He graduated from the University of Montana with dual honor degrees in psychology and political science. As an undergraduate, he was a member of the varsity tennis team and a member of Silent Sentinel. Mars then worked for the United States Senate as a legislative aide. In 1980, he received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Montana School of Law. After law school, he worked for a law firm doing insurance defense, labor, banking and corporate law. In 2000, Mars started his own law firm, emphasizing the practice of family law. Mars is retired from the United States Naval Reserves as an intelligence officer earning the rank of Commander. Mars is married and has two adult children. He is active in the Missoula community and enjoys hiking, biking, tennis, skiing, and spending time at Flathead Lake.