“I pledge to be impartial, to adhere to the oath of office with integrity, and to enhance and maintain confidence in our legal system by respecting and honoring the judicial office as an office of public trust.”
Scott and his wife, Susan, have been married for 42 years. They have two children, Tony and Lauren, and one grandchild, Leo.
Scott is a lifetime Washington resident, residing in Dayton since 1984. He received his bachelor’s degree at Central Washington State (now University) and his master’s degree at National University, in San Diego CA. In 1983, Scott earned his law degree from Gonzaga University and was admitted to the Washington State Bar. Scott is also admitted to practice in federal court - the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington.
Following law school, Scott worked in the law office of Terry Nealey, becoming a partner 1986 (Nealey & Marinella). In addition to private practice, Scott served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Columbia County from 1984-1998. In 2015, following Terry Nealey’s retirement, Kimberly Boggs became Scott’s law partner (Marinella & Boggs). Their multifaceted law practice includes, but is not limited to: General Trial Practice, Personal Injury, Real Estate, Family Law, Probate, Wills and Trusts, and Business Law.
Scott was elected Columbia County District Court Judge in 2002 and continues to serve in that position today. In 2002, Scott was appointed Commissioner for Superior Court in Asotin, Garfield, and Columbia counties. He currently serves as Superior Court Judge Pro Tem in those counties.
Scott is an active member of the District and Municipal Court Judges’ Association and has served on the Board of Governors. He served as the Association’s President from 2016 to 2017.
Scott has participated in numerous Superior Court trials both as a Deputy Prosecutor
and in his private practice. Additionally, Scott has argued cases before the Court of
Appeals and the Washington State Supreme Court.
There is simply no substitute for extensive trial and judicial experience. Scott’s
wide-ranging involvement in both the court system and the community make him well qualified to serve as the Superior Court Judge for the great people of Asotin, Garfield, and Columbia counties.