Scott W. Skavdahl was born and raised in Western Nebraska. He received his B.S. in political economics from the University of Wyoming in 1989, and his law degree from the University of Wyoming School of law in 1992.
In 1992, Judge Skavdahl joined the law firm of Brown, Drew & Massey, LLP as an associate attorney and in 1994 accepted a law clerk position with the Honorable William f. Downes, United States District Judge for the District of Wyoming. In 1997, after completing a three year clerkship with Judge Downes, Judge Skavdahl joined the law firm of Williams, Porter, Day & Neville, P.C. in Casper, Wyoming.
In December 2001, Judge Skavdahl was appointed as Part-Time United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Wyoming and in July 2003 he was appointed by Governor Freudenthal to the Seventh Judicial District as a District Court Judge. Judge Skavdahl again returned to the Federal bench on February 2, 2011, to serve as the full time Magistrate Judge for the District of Wyoming. On February 16, 2011, President Barack Obama nominated Judge Skavdahl to serve as a Wyoming Federal District Court Judge, replacing the Honorable William F. Downes, in Casper, Wyoming. On November 3, 2011, Judge Skavdahl's nomination was confirmed by the United States Senate. He resides in Casper, Wyoming with his wife and daughter.