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R. Scott Alagood

Practice Areas:

  • Residential Real Estate 45%
  • Commercial Real Estate 45%
  • Business Organizations 10%

Certified Legal Specialties:

  • Commercial Real Estate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2001
  • Residential Real Estate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2001

Published Works:

  • Texas Innkeepers and Hotels (Part Two)
  • Texas Innkeepers and Hotels (Part One)
  • Texas State Legislature
  • Follow Up on the Town of Lakewood vs. Bizios
  • Texas Water Rights
  • Texas Property Taxation – Part One
  • Texas Property Taxation – Part Two
  • Texas Title Insurance Mineral Coverage
  • New Authority Concerning Building Within the ETJ
  • Commercial Lease Review – Part Two
  • Commercial Lease Review
  • Receiverships
  • Foreclosure of a Texas Property Owners Association Lien
  • Texas Recording Statutes
  • When an Opinion is Fraud
  • How to Choose An Attorney
  • Buying and Selling a Business
  • Adverse Possession
  • Seller’s Disclosure of Property Condition in Residential Transactions
  • Reverse Mortgages
  • Eminent Domain
  • Contracts: When is a Writing Required?
  • Servicemember’s Civil Relief Act
  • Changes to Texas Justice Courts
  • Buying Property at Foreclosure Sales: A Deal or a Dud?
  • Is Owner Financing Residential Real Estate SAFE?
  • Residential Construction Defects
  • Mechanic’s and Materialman’s Lien Claims: A Few Pitfalls
  • Title Insurance: What It Is and What It Isn’t
  • The Bill of Rights: A Tale of Constitutional Compromise
  • Full Refund of Security Deposit: Fact or Fiction?
  • Should I Use a Quitclaim Deed?
  • Overtime Claims and The Fair Labor Standards Act


R. Scott Alagood has built an impressive commercial and residential real estate practice throughout the State of Texas, with particular attention to the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and Denton County. Although real estate law is Scott's main area of focus, he also has extensive experience in small business consulting, business and civil litigation. Clients often seek his expertise when forming corporations, limited liability companies, and limited partnerships. Scott also handles a wide variety of serious and complex issues involving governmental entities. His knowledge, reputation, and experience has earned him appointments by the Probate Court of Denton County, Texas, as a Commissioner in Condemnation and Eminent Domain cases, as well as appointments as Attorney Ad Litem by the District Courts of Denton County, Texas. Scott is also a trained mediator and offers his services in both the mediation and arbitration arenas.

He is a 1985 graduate of Denton High School, and received his Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance from Texas A & M University in 1989. His interests led him to attend law school, and in 1992 Scott received his law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law. He returned to Denton to practice real estate law at a few select law firms in the Denton County area before forming Alagood & Cartwright, P.C., in 2003 with his law partner, Brian T. Cartwright.

Scott Alagood received his board certification in Residential and Commercial Real Estate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 2001 and has been honored by his peers and legal publications throughout his legal career. Scott was named a "Texas Super Lawyer" as published by Thomson Reuters for Texas Monthly Magazine in 2004 and then again from 2012 to present. Starting in 2010 until present, he received the prestigious AV Preeminent rating (Top) by Martindale-Hubbell and was awarded a 10.0 Superb AVVO rating. The law firm of Alagood & Cartwright, P.C., was voted one of the Best of Denton 2012, Best Law Firms, by the readers of the Denton Record Chronicle. Scott is a past President of the Denton County Young Lawyers Association. He was best of Denton Construction attorney in 2018.

In addition to his thriving law practice, Scott is involved in the local Community. Scott currently serves as Chairman of the Denton County Lake Ray Roberts Planning Commission, and serves on First State Bank's Advisory Board for Denton County, Texas. Scott is also a member of the State Bar of Texas, Denton County Bar Association, and Texas Bar Association Real Estate, Trust and Probate Law Section, and the Denton Chamber of Commerce. Scott also authors a monthly column in the Denton Business Chronicle published by the Denton Record Chronicle.

"I strive to address my client's needs quickly and efficiently in order to achieve optimal results. I believe that by exploring and explaining available options in a straightforward manner, my clients can then make informed decisions and reach their long term goals."

Scott and his wife Dawn reside in northern Denton County, Texas, in close proximity to Lake Ray Roberts with their two sons, Ryan and Jack, and dogs Sofi, and Loki.


  • Texas Tech University School of Law, Lubbock, Texas
    • J.D. - 1992
  • Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
    • B.A. - 1989
    • Major: Finance

Bar Admissions:

  • Texas, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 1993

Honors and awards:

  • Texas Super Lawyers
  • AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale Hubble
  • Avvo 10.0 Superb Rating
  • Best of Denton County - Civil Attorney
  • Best of Denton County - Construction Attorney

Classes and seminars:

  • Seller's Disclosure of Property Condition, Flower Mound Bar Association, 2015
  • Receiverships, Denton County Paralegal Association, 2014
  • Eminent Domain, Lewisville Rotary Club, 2013
  • Residential Leasing in Texas, Advanced Paralegal Seminar/DCPA, 2010 to 2011
  • Residential Construction Defects, DCBA/DC Trial Lawyers Association, 2005

Professional Associations:

  • Denton County Bar Association, Member, 1992 to Present
  • State Bar of Texas, Member, 1992 to Present
  • Denton County Bar Association Real Estate, Trust and Probate Law Section, Member,
  • Denton County Young Lawyers Association – 2001 – 2003, President, 2001 to 2003

Ancillary Businesses:

  • Mediation Services