Overview

Mr. Isaacson is a member of the firm's International section. He advises domestic and foreign businesses and not-for-profit organizations regarding all aspects of international trade and business, with specific emphasis in Latin America. Mr. Isaacson previously served as International Legal Counsel for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, supervising all of the church's legal work in South America. As part of this position, he managed international real estate acquisitions and construction, complex litigation and international arbitration, international tax compliance for not-for-profit organizations, government relations, and legal implementation of new programs.

On a regular basis, Mr. Isaacson makes presentations at international seminars held in countries such as Chile, Argentina, and Mexico about legal matters related to non-profit and religious organizations.

Mr. Isaacson is recognized as one of Utah's Legal Elite in international law.

Experience

  • From 1998 through 2004, served as International Legal Counsel, Office of General Counsel, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, supervising all Church legal work in South America; managed international real estate acquisitions and construction, managed complex litigation and international arbitration, international tax compliance for not-for-profit organizations, managed government relations, legal implementation of new programs.
  • 1989 to 1998, King & Isaacson, P.C., Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • 1985-1989, Davis Graham & Stubbs, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1981-1985, Davis Graham & Stubbs, Denver, Colorado

News & Events

Speaking Engagements

  • Hosana – Tabor: The Limits of Autonomy for Religious Organizations in Employment
    Santiago, Chile, 09.2012
  • The Role of Religious Organizations in the Illegal Immigration Conflict in the United States
    Bogota, Colombia, 09.07.2012
  • Recent Troubling Developments in Religious Organization Laws in Latin America
    Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, 04.25.2012
  • Policies and Arguments Supporting Religious-Based Standards of Conduct and Belief as a Conditions for Employment by Religious Employers
    Lima, Peru, 09.2010
  • Religion in Public Schools of the United States, International Seminar - The Right to Freedom of Belief
    Santiago, Chile, 10.2009
  • Religious Liberty: The Latin American Experiences, A Practical Perspective, International Religious Freedom Association
    Conference in Santo Domingo-Dominican Republic, 2009
  • US Military Assistance and Religious Diversity, Annual Latin American Religious Liberty Consortium
    Buenos Aires, Argentina, 04.30.2008
  • Civil Recognition of Religious Marriages in the United States: Anything goes
    Colloquium of the Latin American Consortium for Religious Liberty Annual Meeting, 2007
  • Religion and the Media in the United States: "The Challenges and Opportunities of a Free Market"
    VI Colloquium of the Latin American Consortium for Religious Liberty, Rio de Janeiro, 10.2006
  • Legal Recognition of Religious Associations and Churches and Their Relation to the State
    V Colloquium of the Latin American Consortium for Religious Liberty, Mexico City, 11.2005
  • Religion and the Legal Traditions of Latin America: A Practical Perspective
    2005 International Conference for Law and Religion at Brigham Young University
  • Participation in Panel: "Religion in the Public Sphere: The Reality in the United States"
    Latin American Consortium of Religious Liberty in Santiago, Chile, 08.13.2004
  • Presentation at the annual meeting of the Latin American Consortium of Religious Liberty
    Santiago Chile
  • A Spiritual Awakening in Latin America and the Role of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies at Brigham Young University
    Presentation at the 15th Annual Conference of the International Society, David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies, Brigham Young University, 04.05.2004

Publications

  • Legal Aspects of Temple Building: Interview with Scott Isaacson
    J. Reuben Clark Law Society Newsletter, May 2014, Vol. VI, Issue III
  • Religious-Based Employment Practices of Churches: An International Comparison in the Wake of Hosanna-Tabor
    26 Temp. Int'l & Comp. L.J. 263, 2012
  • Achieving Peace Through Respecting Freedom
    Fides et Libertas, the Journal of the International Religious Liberty Association, 2005
  • Advances in Religious Liberty in Peru
    BYU Law Review, 2004
  • A Practical Comparison of the Laws of Religion of Colombia and Chile
    The International Journal for Not-for-Profit Law, 09.2003
  • Preventive Law: A Personal Essay
    Utah Bar Journal, 10.1996
  • Opposing Proposed Pari-mutuel Gambling Law in Utah
    Deseret News Guest Editorial, 06.04.1992
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