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 and the Nevada Bar Association. Scott has been listed in Best Lawyers and has been recognized as a leading Nevada labor and employment lawyer by Chambers USA every year since 2005. Most recently in 2017, Chambers stated that clients praise Scott for being “extremely hands-on, extremely dedicated, detailed and meticulous in the pursuit of the issues.” Chambers has previously commented that Scott “is loved by clients for his ‘excellent communication skills and business savvy.’” 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 each year since 2007. Notably, Best Lawyers recently named Scott the 2018 Lawyer of the Year for Labor and Employment Law Litigation in the State of Nevada.
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.
Kamer Zucker Abbott:
Nevada’s businesses turn to Kamer Zucker Abbott for its skillful approach to employment and labor law issues. From handling routine inquiries to engaging in strategic decision-making, the firm works to diligently and efficiently achieve each client’s particular objectives. Our clients run the gamut from small family-owned businesses to Fortune 500 corporations.
One of KZA’s core beliefs is that employers are best served through preventive efforts to minimize the potential for legal claims and litigation. Whenever possible, the firm’s attorneys provide information, training and advice to employers to help them address and resolve workplace issues before they escalate into formal, costly disputes. When litigation does occur, KZA defends its clients vigorously, drawing upon the comprehensive knowledge and experience honed over more than a quarter century of successful litigation and appellate practice.
By working directly with clients, the firm’s lawyers are able to pinpoint potential legal issues, gauge their impact on business operations, and offer straightforward, practical strategies and solutions. KZA’s emphasis on clarity allows business professionals to fully understand the extent of potential legal exposure, possible costs and the optimal way to resolve an issue.
Effectively resolving employment and labor law issues often requires decisive and deliberate action. If you are facing a labor or employment issue, please contact us as soon as possible.