Biography

Scott R. McLaughlin began his practice more than 20 years ago as a labor/employment lawyer.  He continues to represents companies in all aspects of labor/employment matters. But, as Scott often says, his practice has evolved beyond simple labor/employment matters. Scott focuses his time on complex, “bet the company” labor/employment litigation, including collective/class actions, trade secret, non compete, Computer Fraud & Abuse Act, breach of fiduciary duty, and executive malfeasance litigation.  He also has a great deal of traditional labor experience, including labor arbitration, litigation against unions, and labor strikes.

Scott’s practice is a trial based practice. Scott relishes the “people aspect” of practicing labor/employment law, and trying cases to judges and juries.  His practice is generally based in Texas, but his client relationships have also given him a great deal of experience in various courts across the country.

Before going to law school, Scott coached college football from 1985 through 1990 at Rice, Vanderbilt, and Northwestern Louisiana State University.  Immediately prior to that, after graduating from Rice, Scott tried out for the New Orleans Saints, but was cut after four weeks.  Scott believes his experiences playing and coaching football taught him the value of all types of diversity long before anyone was talking about diversity.  He also believes that his background has contributed greatly to his ability to communicate effectively with clients, witnesses, judges, and juries.

Among the industries in which Scott has deep experience are the petrochemical industry, the oil and gas services industries, and the homebuilding industry.

Scott is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Practice Expertise

  • Tried a complex executive fraud/breach of fiduciary duty case to a jury for nearly four weeks. The defendant in the case also made significant counter claims against our client.  After a mixed verdict from the jury, Scott and his team tried the rest of the case to the court and ultimately prevailed with a $1.7 M judgment against the former executive and no liability for our client.
  • Tried a fraud and breach of fiduciary duty case in which the other side claimed in excess of $30M in damages in a counter claim against our client. Scott prevailed in that case, securing a $5.7M judgment against the defendant and a take nothing judgment as to the claims against our client.
  • Scott and his team decertified a 100 plus plaintiff collective action FLSA overtime case, and then tried the first group of those plaintiffs to a jury, resulting in a settlement during jury deliberations with which our client was very pleased.
  • Scott and one of his partners tried a case against a labor union that was seeking millions of dollars in allegedly unpaid benefits and won so emphatically that the union did not appeal.
  • Filed a computer fraud and abuse act against a former executive of a large, publicly traded company, and brought such force to bear in the case, using a team that included bankruptcy and e-discovery lawyers, that it settled very favorably 6 weeks after we filed it, on terms our client considered a clear “win.”
  • Filed a Computer Fraud and Abuse act claim against two former employees of our client, an oilfield services company, as well as the new employer of the former employees, a conglomerate of foreign companies. We secured venue and jurisdiction over the foreign companies quickly and the case settled favorably, including the return of one of the employees, within three months of filing.

Career Highlights

  • Best Lawyers in America
    • Labor and Employment Law – Litigation, 2007-2016
    • Labor and Employment, 2012-2016
  • Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters, 2003-2016

Community

  • American Bar Association – Labor and Employment Section
  • Texas Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association
  • The Woodlands United Methodist Church, Sunday School Leader

News & Events

  • News & Publications
  • Speeches
  • Mentions

    Scott McLaughlin Quoted in ‘Houston Chronicle’ on Independent Contractor Conundrum

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  • Spotlight

    Jackson Walker Congratulates Its Best Lawyers in America 2016

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  • Attorney News

    Scott McLaughlin, Lionel Schooler, and Marlene Williams Featured in ‘Houston Business Journal’ Labor and Employment Law Guide

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  • Press release

    Jackson Walker Recognized as a 2014 “Champions of Justice” Law Firm

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    Scott McLaughlin and Crystal Parker Featured in ‘Law360’

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  • Press release

    Jackson Walker Congratulates Its 51 “Texas Super Lawyers”

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  • Press release

    Jackson Walker Congratulates Its Best Lawyers in America 2015

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  • Press release

    Jackson Walker Wins Victory for Client in Overtime Pay Dispute

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  • Press release

    Jackson Walker Wins Trial Victory in Theft and Breach of Fiduciary Duty Case

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  • Press release

    Jackson Walker Congratulates Its Texas Bar Foundation Fellows

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  • Press release

    Jackson Walker Congratulates Its 55 “Texas Super Lawyers”

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  • Press release

    Scott McLaughlin Quoted in ‘Houston Chronicle’ on Social Media and Employers

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  • Press release

    Jackson Walker attorneys selected for 2014 The Best Lawyers in America

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  • Press release

    Jackson Walker Named ‘Corporation of the Year’ by Austin Area Urban League

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  • Press release

    Jackson Walker Wins Summary Judgment for Spaeth Communications Against Mike Leach

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  • Press release

    Jackson Walker Congratulates Its 50 “Texas Super Lawyers”

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  • Publication

    NLRB Issues Final Rule on Employee Rights Notice Posting

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“Pattern Jury Charges for Texas and Fifth Circuit Employment Law Cases,” Advanced Employment Law seminar (May 15, 2009)

“Reductions in Force: An Overview of Risks and Solutions,” 2009 Gulf Coast Symposium on Human Resource Issues (May 20, 2009)

“Lay-Offs, RIFs, and the WARN Act,” Advanced Employment Law (Mar./Apr. 2009)

“The Definitive Guide to Litigating and Drafting Noncompete Agreements in the Healthcare Industry,” 19th Annual Public Health Law Conference (April 12, 2007)

“Employment Law Update: FLSA Defendant's Perspective,” presented with Rex Burch - Plaintiffs FLSA lawyer, University of Houston CLE (2005)

“Employment Discrimination Update,” Houston Human Resources Management Association Annual Symposium (April 2002)