Biography

Scott's broad experience as both in-house and outside counsel to employers allows him to guide clients through the full spectrum of legal issues that arise from the employment relationship. Scott focuses on providing practical advice to quickly achieve clients' business objectives.

Scott helps clients to develop best practices and provides practical and timely advice on employee discipline and terminations, discrimination and harassment, independent contractor classification, wage and hour law compliance, disability accommodation, leaves of absence, unfair competition and trade secret theft, and workforce reductions. He also is skilled at drafting employment agreements, independent contractor agreements, and separation agreements, and regularly conducts workplace training, including anti-harassment training.

When litigation cannot be prevented, he brings to bear his extensive employment litigation experience, which includes successfully trying employment cases through jury verdict. Scott regularly represents clients in court and before federal and state agencies in cases involving claims of employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, wage and hour violations, breach of contract, and litigation involving non-competition and trade secret matters.

He also serves the legal needs of executives, professionals (including physicians and dentists), and consultants as they enter and exit their key employment, partnership, and independent contractor relationships. He regularly advises and negotiates on behalf of executives concerning the terms of their employment, separation, equity, change in control, and other key business agreements.

Between college and law school, Scott served as an Infantry Officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. He attained the rank of major and was awarded four Marine Corps Achievement Medals, two Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and the General Wheeler Award for Infantry Leadership. He deployed to Mogadishu, Somalia, with 1st Battalion, Ninth Marines, during Operation Restore Hope 1993-1994.

Services/Industries

Education

  • Harvard College  (B.A., cum laude)
  • Boston College Law School  (J.D., magna cum laude)

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Labor & Employment Steering Committee, Boston Bar Association

Honors

  • Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers© under Employment & Labor
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Rising Stars© under Employment & Labor (2009-2010)
  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, Up & Coming Lawyer (2009)

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Court and Other Admissions

  • First Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

Firm Highlights

Blog

2021 LexisNexis “Workers’ Compensation Emerging Issues Analysis”

I just read a wonderful resource for anyone who has dealings with any aspect of workers’ compensation law. “Workers’ Compensation Emerging Issues Analysis”, the 2021 LexisNexis volume co-authored by Thomas A. Robinson and National...

Blog

Limiting Harassment Claims When Returning to IRL Engagement

It is April 2022 and after 2 years of pandemic-related in-person meeting restrictions (also known as meeting In Real Life (IRL)), we are seeing increases in employers permitting work-related travel. That, coupled with requirements...

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Massachusetts Employee Fired For Submitting PIP Rebuttal Protected By Public Policy

In a recent decision, Terence Meehan v. Medical Information Technology, Inc. , the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that an employer cannot terminate an employee for exercising the right to file a rebuttal to...

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BLM-Masked Employees of Whole Foods Lose Race Bias Appeal Regarding Dress Code

Blog

Supreme Leak: NLRA Rights

For blog followers, you likely saw last week’s post reminding you to revisit your confidentiality policies in the wake of the leaking of the Supreme Court’s draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health...

Blog

Supreme Leak: Religion at Work

Over the last year, our society has navigated COVID-19 and rules concerning vaccination and masking. As a society and on this blog, we have discussed regularly the role religious freedoms play in the work...

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News of Supreme Court Leak is a Good Reminder to Revisit Confidentiality Policies

If you have been on social media today (or yesterday) or picked up a newspaper or listened to the radio or watched television—really if you have consumed news in any format, you likely are...

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Massachusetts Employers Beware: Any Late Wage Payment Means Liability for Triple Damages

Blog

How to Break Up With An Employee: 10 Tips for Avoiding Claims and Liability

As with other types of relationships, breaking up with an employee is seldom easy. And employee terminations result in more lawsuits than any other employment action. Employers should keep the following 10 tips in...

Blog

“Mug-shots”: Are Employees’ risky beverage containers a cause for concern?

Prior to (and more so during) the pandemic, many individuals who found themselves working from home were limited in ways to express their uniqueness, their personalities, the things that made them, well, them. It...

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