|Scott M. Abbott Managing Partner|
Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, 1991 (inactive)
Supreme Court of Nevada, 1992
U.S. District Court, District Court of Nevada, 1993
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1995
United States Supreme Court, 2008
J.D., cum laude, Suffolk University Law School, Boston, MA, 1991
B.A., cum laude, Boston University, Boston, MA, 1988
Kamer Zucker Abbott's managing partner, Scott Abbott, has spent the majority of his legal career exclusively representing employers in all facets of labor and employment law. Prior to becoming an attorney, Scott worked as a human resources professional which allowed him to learn firsthand the issues which confront employers on a daily basis with respect to their employees. That experience has been enormously helpful in his practice to assist clients in achieving their human resources objectives in compliance with applicable laws.
Scott's current practice involves advising employers on a multitude of employment issues, ranging from hiring criteria to discipline and discharge decisions. He also works with employers on preventive strategies including employee training and the development of internal policies and procedures. Because of the rise of employment-related litigation in recent years, a considerable portion of Scott's practice also involves defending employers against claims of discrimination and other unlawful treatment before the state and federal courts and administrative agencies such as the Nevada Equal Rights Commission, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Nevada Labor Commissioner, and the Nevada State Employee-Management Relations Board. Scott is an accomplished trial and appellate lawyer who has secured important victories for clients before the Eighth Judicial District Court, the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Scott has also been a frequent speaker and author on employment law topics. His publications include: A Psycholegal Perspective: The Lack of Neuropsychological Examination Following Significant Brain Trauma Can Be Costly, Advances in Medical Psychotherapy and Psychodiagnosis, Vol. 11 (2002-2003); The Benefits and Pitfalls of Employee Handbooks, Communique, July 1999; Temps, Contractors and Telecommuters: It's Time to Face Up to the Legal Risks, Council on Education in Management Personnel Law Update (1996); Happy Birthday, You're Fired!, Council on Education in Management Personnel Law Update (1995); How Much Can You Say at Work, ABA Human Rights, Vol. 22, No. 2, Spring 1995; Safe Handling of the Volatile Employee, Council on Education in Management Personnel Law Update (1994); To Produce or Not to Produce: The Dilemma Presented by the Production of Employment Records, Nevada Labor Letter (Vol. II, No. 4, April 1994); The New Legal Challenge to Employee Participation, 45 Labor Law Journal 41 (1994); and Focus on Age Discrimination: Reducing the High Risk Stakes, 1 Nevada Lawyer 14 (1993).
Scott is a member of the Defense Research Institute, the Nevada Bar Association, and the Clark County Bar Association. Scott has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America and has been recognized as a leading Nevada labor and employment lawyer by Chambers USA every year since 2005. In 2009, Chambers explained that Scott "is loved by clients for his 'excellent communication skills and business savvy.'" In prior years, Scott has received praise for his "ability to be 'smart and aggressive, while remaining soft-spoken and level headed,'" his "thorough, practical knowledge and personable, thoughtful approach," and for his "ability to debate without ever offending anybody." Scott has also been named a Super Lawyer by the Mountain States Super Lawyers magazine since 2007.
Having been raised and educated in the Boston area, Scott shook off the last snowflakes by moving to sunny Nevada in 1992, and has never looked back.