SCOTT A. ROBERTS
Scott Roberts is a business and employment litigator and the co-managing partner at Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP. He has over twenty-five years of experience trying and resolving complex cases, and his clients appreciate his dedication, responsiveness, and commitment.
Scott represents colleges and universities, providing day-to-day advice on faculty and student issues. Scott has successfully defended university clients in lawsuits involving claims of discrimination (based on age, gender, race, national origin, and disability), claims of defamation (predominantly by discharged faculty members), claims for breach of sponsored research agreements, and claims by students challenging disciplinary actions and proceedings. He has served as an independent fact finder of claims of sexual harassment under Title IX and managed multiple Section 504 investigations regarding claims of alleged disability discrimination. Nationally and locally, Scott has presented workshops on critical issues facing institutions of higher education, including Title IX compliance and investigatory tactics, state and federal anti-discrimination laws, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act, cyber-bullying, and the benefits and perils of social media.
Scott's corporate clients also appreciate his exacting and dedicated commitment to their cases. In addition to countless contractual battles, Scott has handled multiple cases concerning the protection of intellectual assets, proprietary information, and trade secrets, often involving the enforcement of non-competition agreements. Scott is skilled at handling motions for restraining orders and preliminary injunctions on a fast-track basis.
Scott has extensive know-how on a wide range of employment matters, having litigated and tried an array of gender and disability discrimination actions, shareholder disputes, and commission and wage claims. He has also negotiated executive-level compensation packages and severance agreements.
Scott has served as lead counsel in cases in Massachusetts, New York, California, Pennsylvania, Florida, Virginia, and Idaho. He has also successfully argued cases before the Massachusetts Appeals Court, the First Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
Primary Practice Areas
Scott represents universities, colleges, corporations, and individuals in a broad range of commercial, technological, and employment matters. His practice areas include:
- College and University Law
- Employment and Discrimination Litigation
- Business and Complex Litigation/Non-Competition Litigation
Affiliations, Recognition, and Honors
- Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell in Business Litigation, Employment Litigation, and College & University Law
- Named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer (top 5% of lawyers), published in Boston Magazine, in Employment Litigation: Defense, Schools & Education Law, and Business Litigation, 2004, 2008-present
- National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), Member
- Association of Independent Colleges & Universities in Massachusetts (AICUM), Member
- Boston Bar Foundation Society of Fellows, Member
- College & University Law Section, Boston Bar Association, Co-Chair
Selected Presentations and Educational Workshops
- Consent, Credibility, and Confidentiality: Tackling Challenging Issues in Title IX Investigations, 2014, NACUA Annual Conference
- Title IX in the Employment Content, 2014, NACUA April CLE Workshop
- Don't Leave Me Now: Integrated Leave Management under the ADA, FMLA, and Worker's Compensation Laws, 2013, NACUA Annual Conference
- College and University Employment Law Update, 2013, BBA College & University Section
- Dealing with Sexual Assault Allegations under Title IX, various colleges and webinar for Inside Higher Ed (2012)
- The 75-Minute Employment Lawyer: A Primer for Higher Education Lawyers, 2012, NACUA Annual Conference
- Transgender Equal Rights and Gender Identity Issues: What Colleges and Universities Need to Know, 2012, BBA College & University Section
- The New Face - and Facebook - of Labor on Campus, 2011, AICUM
- Becoming Fearless about FERPA, various colleges
- Exercises in Student Accommodations, various colleges
- All A-Twitter - The Use of Social Media at Colleges and Universities, 2010, AICUM
- Rights of Employers against Employees; Confidentiality and Non-Competition Agreements, Guest Lecturer, Boston University School of Law, annually since 2002
- Advanced Deposition Skills, 2007 to 2012, MCLE
- Handling Experts, 2007 to 2009, MCLE
Published Works and Appearances
- Contributing Author, Employee Privacy: Massachusetts, XpertHR, a web-based employment compliance service (for a summary of this article please click here)
- Quoted, New federal policy on sex harassment spurs concern, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, (for a full copy of this article, click here)
- Quoted, Midsized firms attracting big-firm talent, MBA Lawyers Journal, (for a full copy of this article, click here)
- Quoted, Non-Compete is Enforceable, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, (for a full copy of this article, click here)
- Seminar Chairman, Handling Experts (MCLE), 2007 and 2008
- Seminar Chairman, Civil Deposition Practice: Winning Before Trial (MCLE), 1999 to 2005
- Seminar Panelist, Advanced Deposition Skills (MCLE), 2007
- Guest Lecturer, Boston University School of Law, Confidentiality and Non-Competition Agreements, annually from 2002 to present
- Guest Lecturer, Harvard Law School, Winter Trial Advocacy Workshop, January 2008
- Massachusetts, 1987 U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
- Northeastern University School of Law, J.D., 1987
- Tufts University, summa cum laude, 1983
Prior to forming Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP, Scott was a litigation partner at Sullivan Weinstein & McQuay, P.C. and Hale and Dorr (now WilmerHale).
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