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Scott J. Wenner

Partner
T 212-973-8115; 415-364-6705

    Scott Wenner is co-chair of Schnader's International Group and chaired the firm's Labor and Employment Practices Group from 2006 until late 2013. A member of both the New York and California bars, Mr. Wenner is resident in the firm’s New York office but maintains an active California practice and is part of the firm’s San Francisco office as well.

    Mr. Wenner represents employers across industry lines and across borders on a broad range of labor and employment law matters, including trials and appeals, employment agreements and advice and counsel on compliance and preventive strategies. He regularly assists foreign-based employers with compliance and practical issues as they are entering the United States to commence business operations and beyond - his litigation practice in recent years has included disputes centered around post-employment restrictive covenants, including non-competition, non-solicitation and trade-secret obligations, and class and collective actions on independent contractor classification.


    AREAS OF EXPERIENCE

    Labor and Employment
    • Representation of  U.S. and foreign-based clients in cross-border and U.S. domestic employment law transactions and disputes.
    • Defending employers in the courts and in arbitration forums, many times through jury trial or arbitration hearing before AAA and FINRA arbitrators or panels, in all manner of employment law claims, including wage-and hour and independent contractor-class actions, statutory employment discrimination class actions and individual claims, restrictive covenant/trade secret misappropriation actions, common law wrongful discharge claims, claims for unpaid bonuses and other forms of compensation and privacy actions.

    Cross-Border
    • Employment agreements for inbound executives and outbound expatriates; counseling on employment law aspects of mergers and acquisitions that cross borders, generally in tandem with foreign counsel; developing compliance solutions required by the European Union data protection requirements; and assisting on a variety of other employment law and human resources issues faced by multinationals in a globalized economy.
    • Sensitive independent investigations involving alleged executive misconduct, claims made by whistleblowers, and assertions of sexual harassment, usually on the recommendation of a client’s regular outside counsel.
    • Advising purchasers and sellers of businesses on employment law implications of proposed transactions to assure compliance with the web of laws and regulations imposing employment law obligations on the corporate parties.
    • Executive employment agreements.
    • Strategic advice on mitigation of litigation risk through adoption of proactive policies and practices at the executive and management levels, as well as for the general workforce.
    • Jury trial experience in federal and state courts in California, New York, Connecticut and the District of Columbia.

    Education

    • New York University School of Law, J.D., 1975
    • University of Maryland, B.A., Phi Beta Kappa Omicron Delta Kappa, 1972

    Bar Admissions

    • District of Columbia, 1975
    • California, 1986
    • New York, 1985

    Professional Affiliations

    • Member, Advisory Board of the Center for Labor and Employment Law of the New York University School of Law, 1997 – present
    • Member, XBHR (multidisciplinary organization of cross-border employment and benefits practitioners), 2002 – present
    • Member, International Bar Association

    Other Distinctions

    • Rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®
    • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Litigation-Labor and Employment, 2018
    • Euromoney Legal Media Group Guide to the World's Leading Labour and Employment Lawyers
    • International Who's Who of Management Labour and Employment Law
    • "New York Super Lawyer" for Labor and Employment Law, 2006-2018
    • Frequent speaker before audiences in the United States and abroad
    • Presenter to workshops on employment discrimination law for federal judges sponsored annually by The New York University School of Law and the Institute for Judicial Administration
    • Faculty member for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA)