40 under 40: Scott Weavil, Law Offices of Scott Weavil
Tahoe Chamber | July 24, 2018 | 40 Under 40
A lawyer in the healthcare field, Scott Weavil moved to Lake Tahoe five years ago and said he’s just now beginning to appreciate everything the area has to offer.
He’s had a lot to offer the area in return, too. After relocating, Scott quickly participated in the city’s Citizens Academy and the Chamber’s Leadership Lake Tahoe program. He’s also a board member and vice president for the Tahoe Coalition for the Homeless and the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Tahoe Search and Rescue Team.
Congratulations to Scott Weavil, the latest honoree of our 40 under 40 series!
Can you tell us a little about your responsibilities and accomplishments in your current position?
I have a law practice focused on healthcare and, in particular, representing physicians and medical groups in business transactions. My role is to help solve problems, mitigate risk and maximize upside potential. I do that in a variety of contexts, including by advising physicians and practice groups with respect to employment agreements, partnership agreements and associated buy-in and buy-out transactions, service agreements with healthcare facilities, and mergers and acquisitions.
What has been your favorite professional moment in the last year?
This spring, I actually got the chance to work on two deals that were great. In the first, I helped a California psychiatrist leave her then-current practice and start her own practice. I teamed up with a great litigator from the Bay Area whose practice is focused on disputes among start-up founders, and we were able to help facilitate our client’s exit on very advantageous terms.
In the second, I represented a physician from Arkansas who was considering a new position in Tennessee. The new position was potentially a tremendous opportunity that could transform his family’s financial circumstances, but the position also came with risks. He would be pioneering a new clinic and, as the deal was originally structured, almost solely responsible for the new clinic’s overhead and any potential losses. Together, we were able to negotiate to limit the downside to a degree that he felt comfortable joining the practice and relocating his family. Anytime that I’m able to secure not only a good outcome for my client but also put his or her family in a better position for the future, I feel great about that.
Do you have a professional/life mantra that you try to live by?
There are two related phrases that I like to think about. The first one is, “It’s up to me,” adapted from one of Marcus Aurelius’s self-admonitions. The second is the TS Elliot quote, “For us, there is only the trying. The rest is not our business.” Taken together, these remind me that I determine my path in life and should always strive to improve.
What was your first job?
My very first job was as a grocery store cashier back in high school in North Carolina. After law school, I clerked for the Delaware Court of Chancery, which was a great experience (most major corporations are incorporated in Delaware, and Delaware and its judiciary lead the country in the development of corporate law) before starting my career as a mergers and acquisitions associate at Skadden, Arps in New York. In my mind, there’s no better place than Skadden to learn about what being a deal lawyer is all about.
Why choose Tahoe to make your home and career?
My wife, Mandi, and I moved to Palo Alto for work in 2012. During our time there, we enjoyed visiting Tahoe on the weekends to ski and hike and generally escape the crowded metropolitan environment. We were enamored with the area, and when we decided that we wanted to move to the mountains and had the opportunity to come to Tahoe, the choice was easy.
Having lived here for five years, we’re still just beginning to appreciate everything that Tahoe has to offer. We enjoy having an outdoor wonderland in our backyard, as well as being located at the gateway to bigger mountains to the south and open spaces to the east. We also like being close to Carson and Reno and everything that they have to offer.
Now that we have a daughter, I can’t imagine a better place for a child to grow up.
Are you active in any volunteer roles or community groups?
South Lake has a great sense of community, and, luckily, I’ve been fortunate to be involved in several groups. Early on, I participated in the City’s Citizens Academy and the Chamber’s Leadership Lake Tahoe program. Those experiences really helped me get my bearings in what is an amazingly complex political and regulatory environment, and they gave me the confidence to get more involved. Currently, I represent the City of South Lake Tahoe as a lay member of the TRPA Advisory Planning Commission, and I’m vice president and a board member of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office Tahoe Search and Rescue Team. I am also the founding vice president and a board member of Tahoe Coalition for the Homeless, a much-needed organization that has resulted from the tremendous efforts of so many in our community.
What is your favorite thing to do outside of work?
Anything outdoors. We moved to Tahoe for snow and skiing, but, as everyone who was already here told us, “You come for the winter but stay for the summer.” We definitely have found that to be the case, and summer has really grown on us. In the warmer months, I enjoy hiking, mountain biking, and (struggling at) trail running. I also like horseback riding down in the Carson Valley and fishing in the Eastern Sierra. In the fall and early winter, I enjoy taking my dog out to chase chukar across northern Nevada. Recently, I’ve gotten into climbing, and that has given me a totally new way to get out in the Sierra and further afield.
Where are your favorite South Shore stomping grounds?
In the warmer months, I’m out on the trails quite a bit. Tahoe Mountain and Mule Deer Connector up to Angora Ridge are my home circuits, but all of our trails are great. Tahoe has one of the country’s premier trail networks, for which TAMBA, the Tahoe Rim Trail Association, and the Forest Service can’t be praised enough. In the winter, Tallac and the Emerald Bay area, as well as the Carson Pass area, are great for skiing. Indoors, I like to go to Ernie’s for the hospitality (and the fried egg sandwich).
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