Scott J. Lantry, San Francisco family law attorney

Scott J. Lantry


Scott J. Lantry, San Francisco family law attorney

Scott J. Lantry


“Clients often ask how we achieve our results. Imagine that, in one hand, I hold an olive branch, representing our commitment to amicable settlement. And in the other hand, I hold a sword, symbolizing our readiness and ability to litigate. With this two-pronged approach, even the most complicated and difficult cases can be resolved on terms favorable to our client.”

Scott J. Lantry

Scott J. Lantry is a Certified Specialist in the field of Family Law and is a Partner with the law firm Whiting, Ross, Abel & Campbell, LLP. Mr. Lantry exclusively practices family law and is committed to empowering his clients to resolve disputed issues on terms most favorable to the client and his/her children, either by mutual agreement or by focused and efficient family court litigation.

Continuously since 2017, Mr. Lantry has been selected for inclusion in the Northern California Super Lawyers® Rising Stars List, which is comprised of attorneys who are age 40 or younger, in practice for 10 years or less, and have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Less than 2.5% of attorneys in Northern California are named to Rising Stars.

In Superior Court proceedings that led to the published appellate decision In re Marriage of MacIlwaine, Mr. Lantry successfully persuaded the trial court to find that a guideline child support award would exceed the needs of the children. Representing a “C-Suite” executive of a publicly traded technology company, the Superior Court granted also Mr. Lantry’s request to calculate child support as of the date his client elected to exercise employer provided stock options, as opposed to when the stock options vested. (In re Marriage of MacIlwaine (2018) 26 Cal.App.5th 514 [reversed on appeal].) Mr. Lantry has since gone on to represent and advise both support payors and support recipients in cases where the payor’s income arguably exceeds the children’s needs under section 4057(b)(3), and where the support obligation is based on income from all forms of equity compensation.

Mr. Lantry joined Whiting, Ross, Abel & Campbell, LLP in 2004, working as a File Room Clerk. When he passed the California Bar in 2008, he became a member of the team of family law attorneys at the firm. Mr. Lantry took a two-year hiatus from the firm during which time he represented airlines and aerospace companies in civil litigation in California State and Federal Courts. Since his return to the firm, he represents clients through all phases of family law litigation including filing of initial court documents, complying with all discovery and disclosure requirements, settlement proceedings, and trial.


  • University of San Francisco School of Law, J.D., 2008
  • Grove City College, B.A., cum laude, 2005


  • 2012, United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • 2012, United States District Court for the Southern District of California
  • 2012, United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • 2008, United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • 2008, California State Bar

Reported Cases

  • In re Marriage of MacIlwaine (2018) 26 Cal.App.5th 514
  • In Banga v. Gundumolgula, Mr. Lantry successfully defended a foreign airline in Federal District Court by obtaining a dismissal of a consumer protection lawsuit. Banga v. Gundumolgula, 2013 WL 3804046 (United States District Court, Eastern District of California).

Article and Publication

  • Author: “Thanks for the Settlement! But Must I Share It With My Spouse?: Division of Tort Recoveries Upon Divorce” – The Verdict Magazine, Spring, 2020
  • Author: “Deficient Discovery Responses and Disclosures in Family Law Cases: Causes and Alternatives” – Contra Costa Lawyer, April 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter: Updates to MacIlwaine – Association of Certified Family Law Specialists (ACFLS), January 2021
  • Presenter: “Extraordinary Wealth, Extraordinary Needs? Or Good Plated Diapers: Equity Compensation and Child Support.” – Alameda contra Costa Trial Lawyers’ Association (ACCTLA), October 2020
  • Presenter: “Characterizing and Dividing Employee Stock Options” – American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) Annual Symposium in Napa, California, June 2016
  • Presenter: “The Intersection of Extraordinary High Earner and the Vesting of Stock Options in Determining Child Support” – American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) Mentoring Group, June 2016


  • 1st Place, G.S. Rich National Moot Court Competition, Western Region

Contact Whiting, Ross, Abel & Campbell, LLP to discover more about how our expert California divorce attorneys can help you in all matters of divorce and family law.

California Family Law Specialists
Scott J. Lantry Rising Star Super Lawyer
California Family Law Specialists
Scott J. Lantry Rising Star Super Lawyer
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