"In advising businesses and developing long-term strategic collaborations, I seek to educate myself on my clients’ products and services, and their business objectives, both short-term and long-term. The strong relationships my clients and I form give me a deep and detailed understanding of their goals, needs, preferences, and operations. I take pride in drawing on my extensive experience and knowledge to efficiently deliver exceptional and tailored legal advice, which translates into a fantastic value for my clients."
Representing mostly private sector organizations both regionally and nationally, Stephen Scott provides strategic business counseling and advocates skillfully for employers in federal and state courts, in arbitration hearings, and before federal and state agencies, such as the EEOC, OSHA, the NLRB, and the Department of Labor. In his highly respected and comprehensive nationwide labor and employment practice, Stephen vigorously defends and advocates for the interests of his clients in traditional employment law disputes involving claims of discrimination, retaliation, and harassment. He also has extensive experience defending clients in matters under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and other whistleblower litigation, as well as guiding clients in the area of traditional labor law, including unionization efforts.
As a seasoned trial lawyer, Stephen often takes the lead counsel position in complex and high-profile cases. He defends and prosecutes contract claims involving intellectual property disputes, trade secret misappropriation, executive contract formation and disputes, non-competition agreements, fiduciary obligations, non-solicitation disputes, and confidentiality and proprietary obligations.
Coupled with an extensive client base composed of consulting organizations with diverse portfolios of service offerings, Stephen also advises an array of medium and large clients, including healthcare providers, food service distributors, bottlers, retailers, manufacturers, oil and gas companies, and hospitality industry businesses such as restaurant chains. His previous experience working with public agencies gave him valuable insight into how those institutions function and bolstered his ability to help private-sector clients in their interactions with regulators and other governmental entities.
Stephen finds it highly gratifying to work proactively to protect his clients’ interests while partnering with them to further their business objectives and position themselves for short- and long-term success. Routinely looking down the road, he astutely spots potential problems and identifies and implements solutions that minimize risk and insulate organizations from litigation. His shielding efforts are enhanced through developing or updating policies, procedures, and worker training exercises, drafting and negotiating advantageous contracts, auditing personnel functions, planning for emergencies, addressing insurance coverage issues, and educating managers, and compliance and human resources professionals on volatile issues.
Well-versed in labor relations law, Stephen represents businesses in matters stemming from union organizing and decertification, wage and hour conflicts, collective bargaining, and unfair labor practice charges. He also oversees due diligence on employment concerns when clients are looking at potential acquisitions. Additionally, companies grappling with an ever-shifting workforce that’s increasingly prone to prioritize quality-of-life job considerations turn to Stephen for informed, practical counsel.