Scott M. McElhaney
As the trial and appellate lawyer for large and small companies and business executives, Scott M. McElhaney works with clients to cost-effectively resolve commercial disputes and employment matters his clients face. 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.
Mr. McElhaney has over 20 years of experience in contract and commercial tort suits and trade secret and non-competition agreement cases. He also regularly counsels businesses on employment matters and handles employment discrimination, ERISA and other labor claims. He focuses on the long-term commercial needs of his clients by identifying risks and providing strategies for handling complex legal challenges.
He has had jury trials in both federal and state courts as well as arbitrations before panels of arbitrators. He also uses his appellate experience to defend favorable trial court judgments and obtain reversal of adverse results, and he has successfully handled multiple class actions at the trial and appellate level.
Apart from his practice, Mr. McElhaney is active in the Bar and legal community. In 2014, he served as the President of the Dallas Bar Association, and he currently serves as a trustee of the Dallas Bar Foundation. He has also chaired the DBA's Equal Access to Justice Campaign, and is a past Chair of the DBA's Business Litigation Section and Judiciary Committee. Mr. McElhaney has also served on the State Bar's District 6 Grievance Committee and as Vice Chair of the Dallas Committee for a Qualified Judiciary.
Mr. McElhaney has been a Lecturer at SMU's Dedman School of Law, where he has taught Employment Law and Legal Research and Writing.
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 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.
Apart from his work with the Dallas Bar Association and Dallas Bar Foundation, Mr. McElhaney is a member of the Leadership Dallas Class of 2004.
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America under Commercial Litigation (2008-2016), Labor and Employment Law (2008-2011), Litigation - ERISA and Labor & Employment (2012-2016)
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