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Scott M. Nelson

Partner

Houston
Direct: (713) 238-1845
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Scott 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.

Scott 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.

Education

  • 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

Admissions

  • Texas

Courts

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky

Affiliations

  • Houston Bar Association - Labor & Employment Section, International Section
  • State Bar of Texas - Labor & Employment Law Section, Litigation Section
  • Mensa - Member

Representative Engagements

  • Bench trial victory in large ERISA § 204(h) notice class action in which plaintiffs sought a recovery in excess of $200 million.
  • Jensen v. Solvay Chems., Inc., 625 F.3d 641 (10th Cir. 2010) (affirming summary judgment victory dismissing large ADEA collective action related to conversion of pension plan to cash balance formula)
  • 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.
  • Won multi-million dollar arbitration award, including seven-figure recovery of attorneys’ fees, in favor of energy trading firm in breach of contract action against former executives.
  • Successfully defended multinational energy companies against claims seeking $440 million arising out of a $6 billion LNG project in Indonesia.
  • Neiddu v. Lifetime Fitness, Inc., 977 F. Supp. 2d 686 (S.D. Tex. 2013) (defeated conditional certification of FLSA collective action for a national fitness club chain)
  • Bourgeois v. The Pension Plan for the Employees of Santa Fe Int’l Corp., 215 F.3d 475 (5th Cir. 2000) (obtained favorable Fifth Circuit opinion on ERISA exhaustion of administrative remedies doctrine)
  • Bourgeois v. The Pension Plan for the Employees of Santa Fe Int’l Corp., 308 F. Supp. 2d 761 (S.D. Tex. 2004) (won summary judgment for defendants in ERISA enhanced pension benefits litigation in which former Managing Director sought seven-figure recovery)
  • Tiemeyer v. Quality Publ’g, Inc., 144 F. Supp. 2d 727 (S.D. Tex. 2001) (summary judgment victory for magazine publishing company in executive’s age discrimination case)
  • Simien v. Chemical Waste Management, Inc., 30 F. Supp. 2d 939 (W.D. La. 1998), aff’d, 174 F.3d 199 (5th Cir. 1999) (obtained summary judgment and subsequent Fifth Circuit affirmance for defendant in race discrimination case)