Scott Villarreal is passionate about the human aspect of the law.
It’s easy to get caught up in technical aspects or legal theories when researching legal issues or drafting documents,” he said. “I remind myself that a person needs my help, and my work can have a positive effect in their life. That reminder encourages me to do the best work I can every day.”
An associate attorney in the Dallas office of Jim Adler & Associates, Scott is a native of nearby Mesquite and has been a fan of the Dallas Stars hockey team since it came to the city in 1993.
After graduating magna cum laude from St. Edward’s University in Austin in the University Honor’s Program with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, he attended Wake Forest University School of Law in Winston-Salem, NC. There, Scott earned his juris doctorate degree in 2012.
Scott was inspired to go to law school after doing research on an immigrant detainment center in Hutto, just outside of Austin. He’d read about horrible conditions families had to endure while waiting for their day in court, and the efforts of a law professor and students from the University of Texas to get them better treatment and decent living conditions.
“I’ve always enjoyed helping someone in need,” Scott says. “This gave me direction to help people through the law.”
In law school he was a member of the Hispanic and Latino Law Student Association, for which he became vice president and president. Scott also participated in the Wake Forest Elder Law Clinic, where he was able to assist low income elderly clients with various legal issues.
He also interned with Lutheran Family Services of the Carolinas, assisting refugees and asylees with immigration services, and with the Felony Trial Division of the Dallas Public Defender’s Office, where he assisted in a capital murder trial.
Now a member of the State Bar of Texas, Scott is licensed in Federal Court for the Northern District of Texas.
Professionally, Scott has worked for defense firms representing large corporations and insurance companies. He worked for such defendants on cases involving asbestos, premises liability, products liability, catastrophic injury, business disputes, criminal charges, motor vehicle accidents and family law.
Now his experience working on the defense side helps Jim Adler & Associates to strengthen plaintiffs’ cases for clients, since he knows what kinds of things will be sought and argued by the other side.
Married since 2012 to his college sweetheart from his freshman year at St. Edward’s, Scott loves to exercise and rides his bike on trails around Dallas on weekends. He also enjoys improving on his cooking and grilling skills, especially for steaks, roasted chicken and smoked brisket. He hopes one day to perfect a recipe for homemade pizza crust.
Meanwhile, he is a dedicated lawyer for Jim Adler & Associates, meeting potential clients as they arrive at the firm, screening their cases for merit and handling cases’ closing, as well as working a small caseload.
He works hard to help clients establish liability after an injury accident.
“Often a person is put at fault because of a language barrier,” says Scott. “Some of our Spanish-speaking clients have told me that the police officer did not even take their statement because the officer did not speak Spanish.”
Scott believes his strengths include being an excellent writer in presenting concise legal information, and being a good listener. “Most people are just waiting for their turn to talk,” he says. “I listen.”