Scott is a trial lawyer who, for more than 30 years, has represented clients in a broad range of cases, often involving sensitive and high-profile issues. His litigation experience has involved a wide variety of matters, including civil rights, employment, tort, and commercial litigation in trial and appellate courts across the United States. He has been recognized by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America and was named to Florida Super Lawyers.
Scott represents private employers, local governments and school boards in discrimination and harassment cases under federal and state laws. He represents public institutions litigating civil rights and constitutional issues under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and Title IX, 20 U.S.C. § 1681. He handles class actions under Rule 23 and opt-in claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act. He has litigated a variety of commercial litigation matters including theft of trade secrets and breach of noncompetition agreements. Scott defends clients in high-exposure toxic tort, product liability and personal injury matters. He also has experience litigating First Amendment issues, including both religion and speech cases, as well as Fourteenth Amendment due process claims.
He counsels clients concerning issues associated with their mergers, acquisitions and layoffs; the drafting of employment agreements, noncompetition agreements and related employment policies; as well as investigation of sexual harassment claims, preparation of affirmative action plans and OFCCP audits.
Scott worked in McGuireWoods’ London office, representing clients in cross-border matters and assisting in the development of the firm’s international practices. Scott has been part of the firm’s management, having served as managing partner of the Jacksonville office and as a member of the firm’s Board of Partners. He is a certified circuit court mediator for the Florida Supreme Court and a certified mediator for the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.
"Taking the time to understand our clients’ business allows us to be certain that our advice is not only accurate and timely, but also that it truly provides value to the client."
Representation of Fortune 250 client in sexual harassment claim in federal court in Florida.
Advised client on restrictive covenants in the US and the UK and coordinated advice from other international jurisdictions such as Hong Kong and Russia.
Representation of Fortune 250 client in racial harassment and personal injury claims in federal court in North Carolina.
Representation of Fortune 250 client in race, sex and age discrimination claims in federal court in Florida.
Representation of forest products company in theft of trade secrets noncompete case resulting in consent decree and very favorable settlement.
Representation of forest products company in nationwide class action involving migrant workers. The federal district court granted our motion for summary judgment, which was upheld by the court of appeals.
Lead trial counsel in over twenty jury trials.
Lead appellate counsel in over twenty appeals in state and federal court.
Selected for inclusion as a "Leading Lawyer," Transport: Rail And Road, Florida, Legal 500 US, 2017-2018
Named "Lawyer of the Year," Litigation - Labor and Employment, Jacksonville, The Best Lawyers in America, 2017, 2019
Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation - Labor and Employment, Railroad Law, Woodward/White, Inc., 2006-2020
Named to "Florida Super Lawyers," Employment & Labor, Business Litigation, International, Employee Benefits/ERISA, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2006-2019
Named a "Best Lawyer," Jacksonville Magazine, 2013-2017
Named “Ultimate Attorney – Pro Bono”, Jacksonville Business Journal, 2017
Named a "Leader in the Field," Employment (Foreign Expert), Chambers Global, 2013-2014
Named a "Leader in the Field," Litigation (Experts Based Abroad), Chambers Global, 2013
AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
Chairman, Board of Directors, The Sulzbacher Center
Board of Directors, Community Hospice and Palliative Care
Board of Directors, World Affairs Council of Jacksonville
Secretary / Treasurer, Chester Bedell Inn of Court
Jacksonville Business Journal Recognizes McGuireWoods’ Scott Cairns for Pro Bono Work
March 15, 2017
McGuireWoods Jacksonville Lawyers Named Florida Super Lawyers and ‘Rising Stars’ for 2015
June 11, 2015