Northern California

2261 Lava Ridge Court
Roseville, CA 95661
916.780.9050 Fax

Central Coast

200 Sky Park Drive
Monterey, CA 93940
916.780.9050 Fax

Southern California


3401 Centrelake Drive, Suite 670
Ontario, CA 91761
909.937.2034 Fax

Ronald J. Scholar

Ronald J. Scholar is a partner in the Roseville office of Cota Cole & Huber LLP. He brings over 20 years of experience to his representation of public entity and private business clients. Mr. Scholar’s expertise is in litigating on behalf of, providing advice and counsel to, and conducting investigations for public agencies and private clients in matters involving employment law, civil rights, and general liability matters.

A skilled trial attorney, Mr. Scholar is experienced in a wide range of litigation matters, including federal and state civil rights, Section 1983, employment law, dangerous conditions of public property, including claims of wrongful death, as well as contract and business disputes.

Mr. Scholar dedicates the same focus and attention to detail in his trial practice to advising public agency and private clients as he assists them in navigating complex laws and regulations and conducting investigations, all with an eye toward avoiding costly disputes. He is adept in matters involving access to public records, open meeting requirements, employee investigations, law enforcement, discipline and arbitration, discrimination and harassment in the workplace, employee privacy, and the use of social media and technology in the workplace.

Mr. Scholar joined Cota Cole after 11 years with one of Sacramento’s largest law firms where he was a shareholder and represented numerous public agencies and private clients in employment, liability, law enforcement, and litigation matters. From 1998 to 2005, Mr. Scholar was a partner at a small Sacramento law firm where he specialized in representing public entities in all manner of litigation, including Section 1983, law enforcement, and employment matters. Prior to that Mr. Scholar was a Public Defender in Atlanta, Georgia, where he represented indigent defendants in criminal matters at trial and on appeal.

Mr. Scholar graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1993. At Santa Clara, Mr. Scholar was an Emery Scholarship recipient, a member of the Moot Court Honors Board, and a participant in nationwide Moot Court Competitions. Prior to attending law school, he graduated with honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology.

Mr. Scholar was named to Sacramento Magazine’s Top Lawyers List for 2016. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of California, Davis School of Law, where he also serves as a Mock Trial Competition Team coach. A supporter of youth aquatics programs in the Roseville area, Mr. Scholar has served on the boards of directors for California Capital Aquatics, the Woodcreek Seawolves, and Woodcreek High School Aquatics. In his spare time, Mr. Scholar enjoys landscape and wildlife photography.

Associations and Memberships:

  • California Bar (1998)
  • Georgia Bar (1993)
  • United States District Courts of California



Ronald J. Scholar

916.780.9009 Office
916.780.9050 Fax

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