Scott F. Cooper

Biography

CHAIR, LABOR & EMPLOYMENT PRACTICE GROUP

Scott Cooper counsels and litigates in the areas of labor and employment law, regulation, and business litigation. He has a diverse client base, representing large publicly traded corporations, start-ups, partnerships, major nonprofits, and government entities. In addition to leading his practice area, he co-founded and leads the Trade Secret and Non-Compete Litigation group. He appears regularly in print, webinars, seminars, and on television offering insights into these complex areas.

Scott’s clients benefit from his nearly 25 years of courtroom experience, judiciary work, and political and civic involvement, including serving as president/chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association and on the board of trustees for Temple University. Clients commend his "strong strategic vision and analytical prowess, bolstered by a practical business approach." (Chambers USA) Scott previously served multiple terms on Blank Rome’s Partner Board and he was the Firm’s Philadelphia-based hiring partner and co-chair of its summer hiring program.

Scott has appeared in more than two dozen state and federal courts, federal and state trial and appellate courts, and government agencies throughout the country. He is a member of the bar of numerous courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States. He also has negotiated business agreements and collective bargaining agreements, and has represented clients in many areas, including:

  • restrictive covenants and trade secrets litigation
  • defending race, disability, age, and gender discrimination matters
  • overtime and wage payment issues
  • internal investigations
  • family, medical leave, and disability claims
  • professional sports
  • banks and mortgage services
  • police and firefighter matters
  • labor relations including negotiations and arbitrations
  • Unfair Labor Practice Charge proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and State Labor Boards
  • electronic surveillance, technology policies, and privacy issues
  • state takeover legislation
  • education
  • reductions in force

Scott is recognized by Chambers USA as a leader in labor and employment law. In a recent Chambers edition, a client stated, “His ability to understand and peel apart complex issues is like nothing I have ever seen.” Chambers has also noted that he is described as “one of the best oral advocates...his persuasion was incredible, well rounded and had a lot of perspective. His communication skills are superb and he looks at all the possible angles and finds the most advantageous approach.” And that he is “recommended as a ‘terrific lawyer who is smart and nimble.’ One client states: ‘I have full confidence in his expertise and judgment.’”

Before joining Blank Rome, Scott served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Herbert J. Hutton of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and as an academic intern for the chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He is a certified court arbitrator.

Scott has previously worked for members of Congress and a state legislator.

Outside the Firm

Scott served as a Trustee to Temple University and was the President of the University’s 320,000 member Alumni Association. He chairs his Township’s Ethical Standards Board and currently holds a seat on the Philadelphia Union’s Fan Advisory Council.

Experience

  • International medical implant manufacturer and supplier (DePuy Synthes), as counsel prosecuting and defending violations of non-compete agreements and misappropriation of trade secrets.
  • Major automotive and truck components manufacturer, as lead counsel defending multi-employee race-discrimination suit and other workplace issues (Dana Corporation).
  • National weather forecasting company, in employment related matters including discrimination suits and government investigations.
  • Major hotel chains (Hyatt and GF Management), in numerous employment matters including discrimination and tip credit cases.
  • A company in the language services industry, in a case involving allegations of theft of trade secrets, improper hiring and violations of the Federal Lanham Act. The case involved sweeping injunction, expert witnesses on valuation of trade secrets, and an interlocutory appeal to the United States Court of Appeals.
  • A shopping Center owner, in labor dispute issues before the National Labor Relations Board (Simon Properties).
  • A major healthcare institution, as counsel on numerous labor arbitrations and court proceedings. (Temple University Health System).
  • A major municipality, as counsel on labor, police, and firefighter labor and employment relations (City of Reading, Pennsylvania).
  • Represented company seeking to stop top level executive in fashion industry from moving to competitor and starting competitive line using protected materials about the product and customer buying patterns. Matter involved overlapping court and arbitration proceedings.

News & Views

See all News and Views

Recognitions

  • 2008–2018, Labor & Employment Law, listed in Chambers USA
  • 2007–2018, “Pennsylvania Super Lawyer” in Employment & Labor, listed in Super Lawyers
  • AV Preeminent®, listed by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2017, Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones Diversity Award, Blank Rome LLP
  • 2017, listed in Who’s Who Legal – Corporate Immigration
  • 2013, “Top Rated Lawyer” in Labor & Employment Law, listed in Corporate Counsel
  • 2004, “Lawyer on the Fast Track,” listed in Pennsylvania Law Weekly
  • 2004, “Lawyer on the Fast Track,” listed in The Legal Intelligencer
  • 2004, “Forty Under Forty,” listed in Philadelphia Business Journal

Affiliations

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Moorestown Soccer Club
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Republican Municipal Committee of Burlington County
Professional Activities

Scott has a long history of leadership with local and national bar associations. Notably, in 2010, he served as president/chancellor of the 13,500-member Philadelphia Bar Association. He was a member of the American Bar Association’s Executive Council of the Conference of Bar Association Presidents, and a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association House of Delegates (2010).

Scott was a member of the board of trustees of Temple University and president of the 320,000-member Temple University Alumni Association (2014–2017). He previously served as an adjunct professor at Temple University School of Law. He also was a lecturer in the Philadelphia Hotel Association School, and he is a frequent presenter in continuing legal education and bench-bar conferences.

Scott has repeatedly been appointed to his township's Ethical Standards Board, where he continues to serve as chair. He previously was an elected committee representative for his county.

Scott also served on other civic boards, including the Philadelphia Police Athletic League and Jenkins Law Library, as well as served as chair of his township's Recreation Advisory Committee.

Credentials

Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. District Court - Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court - Colorado
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court - Nebraska
  • U.S. District Court - New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Middle District of Pennsylvania

Education

  • Temple University Beasley School of Law, JD, cum laude
  • Vassar College, BA