Scott M. Nelson is a partner in the Labor and Employment Practice Group of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s Houston office. Mr. Nelson has significant experience with domestic and international labor and employment matters, as well as complex commercial litigation. Legal 500 has recognized him as a leading US lawyer in Labor & Employment Litigation and also in Workplace & Employment Counseling.
Texas Monthly magazine has recognized Mr. Nelson as a Texas Super Lawyer, and the Texas Board of Legal Specialization has board certified him in labor and employment law. On the litigation side, Mr. Nelson has prevailed for clients in a wide variety of cases before trial courts, appellate courts, arbitrators, and government agencies.
He has litigated all major types of employment law claims, wage and hour claims, ERISA claims, non-compete and trade secrets cases, whistleblower claims, class actions, collective actions, traditional labor law matters, and complex commercial litigation matters.
Among his more notable cases, Mr. Nelson successfully defended multinational chemical companies in one of the largest employee trade secrets cases to ever 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 in a large ERISA § 204(h) notice class action in which plaintiffs sought a recovery in excess of $200 million.
On the advice side, Mr. Nelson is a trusted advisor to many clients on compliance and strategy issues. He also frequently manages international legal matters for global clients. In addition, he is often asked to train groups of executives.
- J.D., Creighton University, cum laude (1996)
- Assistant Editor, Creighton Law Review
- Secretary, International Moot Court Board
- B.S.B.A. Finance, Creighton University (1993)
- magna cum laude
- Houston Bar Association – Labor & Employment Section, International Section
- State Bar of Texas – Labor & Employment Law Section, Litigation Section
- Mensa – Member
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