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

This Week's Show: Small Acts of Leadership

On Saturday, August 22, Tawny interviewed G. Shawn Hunter, President and Founder of Mindscaling, for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, Shawn and Tawny discuss his new book, Small Acts of...

Blog

This Week's Show: Purposeful Leadership

On Saturday, September 12, David Ciullo, co-host of HR Power Hour, interviewed Jennifer McCollum, CEO of Linkage, Inc. , for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, David and Jennifer discuss purposeful...

Publication/Podcast

Employer Obligations under the Revised Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201)

On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act”) in response to COVID-19. Among other provisions, the Act gives a broad group of employees the right...

Blog

Action Item & FAQ: New Maine Paid Leave Rules Address Business Concerns

On January 1, 2021, LD 369, An Act Authorizing Earned Employee Leave takes effect for Maine employers. Passed by the Legislature in 2019, Maine employers have been patiently waiting for clarification as to the...

Blog

School is Back in Session, But Are Employees? Navigating the FFCRA in the Midst of Schools Reopening

Blog

This Week's Show: Why Diversity and Inclusion Programs Fail

On Saturday, September 19, Tawny interviewed Asker Saeed, Principal of Saeed Consulting LLC, for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, Asker and Tawny discuss why diversity and inclusion programs fail...

Publication/Podcast

U.S. Department of Labor Releases Families First Coronavirus Response Act Employee Rights Workplace Poster

As anticipated, on March 25, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released a notice/workplace poster (a copy is available at: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/posters ) that summarizes employee rights under the newly enacted Families First Coronavirus...

Event

Employee Non-Competition and Non-Solicitation Restrictions: Traps for the Unwary

On Tuesday, October 6, employment and labor attorneys Tawny Alvarez and Scott Connolly will be presenting with The Middlesex Corporation Vice President and General Counsel Joshua Wernig for Verrill and ACC Northeast's program, Employee...

Publication/Podcast

U.S. Department of Labor Publishes Q&A Guidance on Families First Coronavirus Response Act

On March 24, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released an initial set of questions and answers (Q&As) concerning the recently enacted Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). This is the first round...

Publication/Podcast

IRS News Release Describes Plan to Implement Families First Coronavirus Response Act

On Friday, March 20, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a News Release, IR 2020-57 (Release), that describes the new paid leave benefits for certain employees of small and medium-sized businesses under the...