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.

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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

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Tip: Administrative Assistants Only Rarely Are Exempt From Overtime Pay

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Maine’s New Paid Leave Law: Employer Confusion

On May 28, 2019, Governor Mills signed into law the nation's first ever paid leave law requiring leave for any reason. The statute itself is uniquely brief, giving the impression that it is straightforward...

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Compromise Reached in Maine Workers’ Compensation Reform

Governor Mills has signed into law amendments to the existing Workers' Compensation Act that are the product of a bipartisan effort to avoid a series of proposed legislation that would have had the very...

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EEOC Announces EEO-1 Component 2 Pay Data Collection WON'T Be Renewed

Yesterday, September 11, 2019, the EEOC announced that it will not seek to renew collection of EEO-1 Component 2 Data for 2019, 2020, and 2021. This does not impact employer's current EEO-1 obligations to...

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The Sharpie and Employment Litigation Documentation

News

Verrill Welcomes Employment Law Attorney Scott Connolly

(September 30, 2019) – Verrill is pleased to welcome employment law attorney Scott Connolly to the firm's Boston office. Leveraging his experience as both in-house and outside counsel to employers, Connolly guides clients through...

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Overtime Update to Have Wide Reaching Effect on Employers

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Identifying and Handling a Hostile Work Environment

Employee claims of “hostile work environments” continue to make news both in Maine and on a national level, putting potentially embarrassing and damaging workplace and employee interpersonal issues into the public eye. But when...

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Five Employment Law Traps For CFOs Tasked with HR Oversight

Overseeing human resources -- a hat that many CFOs wear -- may mean having to make crucial decisions about hiring and policy, performance management and discipline, and employee terminations. Such decisions may affect HR...

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Summer Break - Massachusetts Employers Get Extension on Paid Family and Medical Leave Implementation

Those closely following the timeline for implementation of Massachusetts's new Paid Family and Medical Leave, are aware that on July 1, 2019, employers were required to begin to make payroll deductions for the paid...