Scott Nelson

Practice Group Chair - Labor & Employment (Firmwide) Partner

Scott Nelson


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Scott Nelson advises America's top companies on their employee issues and defends them in court when employees sue.

The most valuable asset of a successful business is its people. Clients look to Scott as a seasoned, trusted, and regular advisor who helps them handle their most sensitive people matters in a thoughtful, practical, and strategic manner. He helps clients achieve their business objectives, while complying with ever-changing employment laws. When litigation arises, clients trust Scott to handle everything from day-to-day litigation to mission-critical trial work. Scott has significant experience and has had great success with high profile domestic and international employment matters, as well as complex employment and commercial litigation.

Despite his strong record on summary judgment, Scott is a trial attorney at heart. He is comfortable and compelling in the courtroom, having prevailed for clients in cases ranging from simple labor arbitrations to jury and bench trials with hundreds of millions of dollars in potential liability exposure. He is known for his ease in working with clients, his thoughtful strategic approach, his artful use of diplomacy, and his relentless pursuit of victory.

With over 25 years of experience, Scott has dealt with most employment law matters companies face. His mastery of the subject matter allows him to get to the heart of the issue quickly and provide sound, practical advice clients can trust. This, along with his drive to win, gives him a critical edge in the courtroom. Among his more notable cases, Scott successfully defended multinational chemical companies in one of the largest employee trade secrets cases to go to a jury trial, a case in which plaintiffs sought $800 million through economic espionage-type trade secrets claims. He also achieved a total bench trial victory for a multinational mining and chemical company in a large ERISA class action in which plaintiffs sought in excess of $200 million. In arbitration, he recently won more than $3.2 million, including $1.2 million in attorneys’ fees, for an employer seeking to claw back signing bonuses from energy traders.

Scott listens to clients and always thinks creatively to find the best possible strategic and tactical solutions to their problems. He is responsive to clients' needs and has the confidence, based on long-earned experience, to give them clear, solid advice. He also has the thoughtfulness, gravitas, and verve to present his clients' cases in their best possible light.

Scott enjoys his practice because he loves getting to know his clients, their business, and their industry. He becomes a critical component of their team, helping them with their day-to-day employee matters, and fighting for them in court when litigation arises.

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