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With a celebrated legal career spanning three decades, attorney and television judge Jacqueline Scott, is one of the most recognizable and successful attorneys in Shreveport-Bossier City. For the past 16 years, Scott has been named top lawyer in Shreveport-Bossier City by SB Magazine – a distinction voted on by her peers. The honor is a testament to Scott’s longevity as an attorney, community activist, philanthropist and ad hoc judge on the Shreveport City Court bench.
Scott has earned a reputation as a problem-solver. Her motto is “You got a problem? I can create a solution. Experience matters.” With more than 20,000 legal cases under her belt, Scott delivers results, putting her clients’ needs first above her own financial gain. Unlike out-of-town attorneys, Scott can often be found in the hallowed halls of courthouses around North Louisiana, successfully handling cases on behalf of her clients. She has worked with notable legal eagles, such as nationally renowned, billionaire attorney, Willie Gary from Stuart, Florida.
Never one to rest on her laurels, Scott continues to reinvent herself. She plays Justice Jacque on the reality show, Cajun Court TV, her locally produced TV mediation reality show. The show is currently being prepared to go into syndication. Scott also has served as a legal analyst on the Cemetery Stalker episode of Fatal Attraction, TV One’s nationally syndicated documentary series, featuring true crime stories of obsession and deadly romance.
Today, Scott plays host to Louisiana state leaders: congressmen, governors and other state elected and appointed officials; a far cry from where Scott’s life began. Her story is a tale of rags-to-riches. Scott grew up in a humble, three room, shotgun house in the working class Shreveport neighborhood of Allendale. Raised by a single mom with five other siblings, Scott worked her way through college, attending University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She sold Mary Kay cologne (Angel Fire) from the trunk of her car. After graduation, Scott worked as a probation and parole agent by day, and at night she worked at Louisiana Downs, picking up trash in the parking lot after the races to gain funds to attend law school. Scott’s life experiences inspired her to attend Southern University Law Center to help reform the justice system.
In 1989, Scott started her law practice as a solo practitioner under the guidance of the late attorney, Alma Jones. At the time, there were fewer than 10 women in private practice in Shreveport-Bossier City. Undaunted, Scott fought for the rights of her clients in court, going toe-to-toe with male counterparts in a largely male dominated field.
“When I first started my law practice 30 years ago, I had to work hard to overcome stereotypes that women should only be mothers or secretaries,” said Scott. “I wanted to prove them wrong by traveling, investing in various seminars and networking to build up my practice and reputation. I primarily have an all-female firm, because I want to encourage other women and to offer opportunities I didn’t have. My life has been about overcoming struggles, and I spend countless hours trying to make a difference in others who are struggling with legal, moral and social issues”
Scott’s Christian faith guides her actions. As a community servant, she has donated to countless churches and school organizations, adopted a career middle school and purchased school uniforms throughout the community. Scott has contributed thousands of dollars to various scholarships and often speaks at churches, schools and charitable organization programs. Despite all these accolades and successes, Scott believes her greatest role is being a mother to her only daughter, Lawryn Scott, a sophomore at LSU in Baton Rouge.
As a tribute to her lifetime of good works, Scott has earned countless awards over her long legal career, including the African-American Women Trailblazers Award and most recently the Making a Difference Award from the Shreveport Bar Association and the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus Foundation Humanitarian Award. She has also served as a faculty member at the Shreveport Bar Association continuing education seminars.
Scott is admitted to practice law before the U.S. Federal Court, Western District of Louisiana, the Louisiana Supreme Court, Louisiana Courts of Appeals and Louisiana Municipal Courts. She is also registered to handle municipal bonds, overseeing millions of dollars in transactions. Scott is a member of many professional organizations including the Best Attorneys of America.