Scott M. McElhaney
Scott M. McElhaney tries cases, handles appeals, and provides counsel for large and small companies as well as business executives. His aim is to help clients cost-effectively resolve commercial disputes and employment law matters.
He has over 25 years of experience in contract and commercial tort suits and trade secret and non-competition agreement cases. He regularly advises businesses on employment disputes and handles employment discrimination, ERISA and other labor claims. Scott has also represented managed care organizations in a variety of commercial disputes. He focuses on the long-term commercial needs of his clients by identifying risks and providing strategies for handling complex legal challenges.
Scott 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.
In addition to his practice, Scott is active in the Bar and legal community. In 2014, he served as the President of the Dallas Bar Association. He currently serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Dallas Bar Foundation. He chaired the DBA’s Equal Access to Justice Campaign, and is a past Chair of the DBA’s Business Litigation Section and Judiciary Committee. Scott has also served on the State Bar’s District 6 Grievance Committee and as Vice Chair of the Dallas Committee for a Qualified Judiciary.
Scott has also been a Lecturer at SMU’s Dedman School of Law, where he 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.
A.B., summa cum laude, Dartmouth College
- Phi Beta Kappa
J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School
- Harvard Civil Rights – Civil Liberties Law Review, Managing Editor
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuits
United States District Court for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas
United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma