Scott G. Cross

Partner | Fresno

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Tel: 559.431.5600
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Scott G. Cross is the Managing Partner of Lozano Smith's Fresno office. Mr. Cross currently provides a full range of legal advice and services in all aspects of public agency and municipal law. He serves as City Attorney and assistant City Attorney for numerous cities in the Central Valley, and also provides general counsel to other public agency clients. His practice includes general counsel and advisory administrative advice, general municipal representation, land use advice, the negotiation and drafting of the full range of agreements for all types of municipal services and issues faced by public agencies. He also assists clients with real property acquisitions, including eminent domain; government liability and risk management issues; Brown Act, Public Records Act, and conflict of interest issues and compliance; and public agency defense litigation.

In his civil litigation practice, Mr. Cross has litigated cases in administrative proceedings, trial courts and appellate courts of the State of California, and the federal court system. His litigation practice primarily focuses on breach of contract, real property disputes, including eminent domain, and government liability claims.


Mr. Cross received a Bachelor of Science from California State University, Fresno in 1994. He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, with distinction, in 1998.

New Law Clarifies Defense And Indemnity Obligations For Architects And Engineers

By: Scott CrossArne Sandberg-

New Law Clarifies Defense And Indemnity Obligations For Architects And Engineers...

Removal Of Governing Board Member's Vice Presidency Title Did Not Violate Free Speech Rights

By: Scott Cross-

July 2010 Number 23 CLIENT NEWS BRIEF REMOVAL OF GOVERNING BOARD MEMBER’S VICE PRESIDENCY TITLE DID NOT VIOLATE FREE SPEECH RIGHTS The United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that a school district’s governing board did not violate a governing board member’s free speech rights when it voted to remove his title of Board Vice President. In Blair v. Bethel School District (9th Cir. 2010) ___ F.3d ___ [WL 2351928], the appellate court found that a public official may...

Significant Cases
Mr. Cross successfully represented a number of public agency clients in the published case Chisom v. Board of Retirement of Fresno County Employees' Retirement Assn. (2013) 218 Cal.App.4th 400. He has also successfully represented public agency clients in numerous other administrative, trial court, and unpublished appellate court cases.