CO-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. He also serves on Blank Rome's Alumni Committee, as well as its Partner Retreat Committee.
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
- 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.