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

Publication/Podcast

Policies to Guide Employee Conduct and Respond to Misconduct

Scott Connolly, partner in Verrill’s Employment & Labor Group, has authored the chapter “Policies to Guide Employee Conduct and Respond to Misconduct” in MCLE’s book, Drafting Employment Documents in Massachusetts (4th Edition 2021). The...

Blog

This Week's Show: New Tools to Coach, Counsel, and Cheer

On Saturday, July 17, David Ciullo, co-host of HR Power Hour, interviewed Christopher Lee, the Chief Human Resources Officer for William & Mary, for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, David...

Blog

This Week's Show: Wellness for Modern Teams

On Saturday, June 26, Tawny interviewed Mike Vien, CEO and Co-founder of Wallit, for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, Tawny and Mike discuss wellness for modern teams. Mike Vien is...

Blog

Massachusetts COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave Forms

As many readers know, on May 28, 2021, An Act Providing for Massachusetts COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave was passed. The Act creates a fund for the Commonwealth to reimburse eligible employers who provide...

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Connecticut Employers Take Note – Cease Seeking Past Pay Information

Big changes are coming to Connecticut employers and with it, many organizational hiring practices with the passage of HB Number 6380. HB Number 6380 limits the disclosure of wage information from past positions. Currently...

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OSHA Issues Emergency Temporary Standard for Healthcare Settings

Earlier today (June 10, 2021), OSHA issued COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) Subpart U applicable to healthcare settings. While OSHA has indicated that future guidance may be provided for other industries, today’s guidance is...

Blog

This Week's Show: COVID-19 and Return to Work

On Saturday, July 10, Tawny interviewed Emily Waddell, Associate Attorney in Verrill's Employment & Labor Group, for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, Tawny and Emily discuss returning to work and...

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Future of Non-Competes: Insights into Executive Order Promoting Competition in the American Economy

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This Week's Show: Beth Smith – What’s Covered? Workers’ Compensation 101

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This Week's Show: Innovation and Leadership Skills Needed in 2021 and Beyond

On Saturday, July 3, David Ciullo, co-host of HR Power Hour, interviewed Ryan Estis, national speaker, consultant, coach, and advisor , for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, David and Ryan...

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