Scott M. McElhaney
BiographyAs trial and appellate counsel for a variety of companies and individuals, Scott M. McElhaney works with clients to cost-effectively resolve a range of complex commercial disputes and employment matters. He regularly appears before federal and state courts and arbitrators for trials and hearings, and he has successfully handled multiple class actions at the trial and appellate level.
Mr. McElhaney has experience in contract and business tort suits, trade secret litigation, and non-competition agreement injunction proceedings. He represents managed care organizations in a variety of commercial disputes. He is experienced in antitrust matters, and he regularly handles a wide variety of ERISA, employment discrimination and other labor claims.
Recognized by his peers in local, state, and national surveys, Mr. McElhaney has been included in The Best Lawyers in America under Commercial Litigation and Labor and Employment Law, named a "Texas Super Lawyer," and listed as one of the "Best Lawyers in Dallas" in D Magazine.
Apart from his practice, Mr. McElhaney is active in the Bar and legal community. He serves as the First Vice President of the Dallas Bar Association, has chaired the DBA's Equal Access to Justice Campaign, and is a past Chair of the DBA's Business Litigation Section, Judiciary Committee and Bench-Bar Committee. Mr. McElhaney has also served on the State Bar's District 6 Grievance Committee as Vice Chair of the Committee for a Qualified Judiciary, and as a Barrister in the Patrick E. Higginbotham Inn of Court.
Mr. McElhaney has been a Lecturer at SMU's Dedman School of Law, where he has taught Employment Law and Legal Research and Writing. He remains a frequent speaker on a variety of legal topics.
After graduating from Harvard Law School, he was a Law Clerk to Judge Irving Goldberg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and to Judge Barefoot Sanders of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.
Mr. McElhaney is President-Elect of the Dallas Bar Association and is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the American Bar Association. Mr. McElhaney has been elected to be a Fellow in the American Bar Foundation, a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, and a Life Fellow of the Dallas Bar Foundation.
Mr. McElhaney is active in a number of political and community groups and is a member of the Leadership Dallas Class of 2004.
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America under Commercial Litigation (2008-2014), Labor and Employment Law (2008-2011), Litigation - ERISA and Labor & Employment (2012-2014)
Speeches / Publications
Mr. McElhaney's publications and speaking engagements include the following:
Links to Publications
A.B. history, summa cum laude, Dartmouth College
J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School