Thomas Scott Stewart

Of Counsel Las Vegas | St. Louis

Practicing law for more than twenty years, Scott consults with employers on a wide range of labor and employment, litigation and business matters.

Representing private and public entities across a broad spectrum of industries, he handles all manner of disputes from the smallest of compliance issues to “bet-the-company” trials.  He helps employers win lawsuits, defeat union campaigns, manage labor relations, enforce rights under non-compete agreements, and develop policies, practices and procedures that both comply with the law as well as enhance their operations.

A former Army Military Intelligence officer, Scott was Special Forces-trained in airborne operations and active throughout Western Europe during the twilight years of the Cold War. Today he serves on the Board of Directors for the St. Louis Downtown Children's Center, publishes on labor and employment matters, and speaks to legal, business and employer groups on the latest labor and employment issues.  He is active in the National Center for State Courts, where he represents Nevada on the Lawyer’s Committee.

With a keen business sense and specialized legal experience, Scott delivers practical, cost-effective and real-world solutions to labor, employment and business problems.

He races bicycles and Sprint Triathlons in his spare time.


Pro-Active Litigation Prevention
The employment relationship is governed by a tangled web of laws, regulations and court decisions. These rules are complicated and the consequences for even inadvertent violations are high fines, penalties, back pay awards, punitive damages and attorneys' fees. Scott emphasizes preventive, practical and creative approaches to employee relations. If litigation is required or appropriate, however, he aggressively represents his clients' interests, frequently resolving the matter at the pre-trial stage with a dispositive motion or favorable settlement.

Employment Discrimination and Wrongful Discharge
Scott handles EEO charge investigations and litigation before federal, state and local agencies; wrongful discharge litigation; retaliatory discharge litigation; employment litigation of all variations, including defamation, breach of contract, interference with contract, infliction of emotional distress, etc.; and training for all levels of management in all aspects of EEO regulations, including developing employment policies.

Labor Relations
Scott assists his non-union clients in maintaining a profitable, union-free environment with preventive labor relations strategies; national and state labor relations board representation; counter-union campaigns; employee relations audits; development of handbooks, personnel and management procedures; training for all levels of management; and other relevant services.

He assists his unionized clients with negotiating collective bargaining agreements; representation before labor boards, arbitrators and other agencies; handling collective bargaining agreement administration and grievances; training and other related services.

Wage & Hour Laws
Scott helps employers comply with applicable wage & hour laws and regulations before problems arise by auditing clients' procedures; developing policies and procedures which comply with the laws; and representing clients in enforcement proceedings.

Audit Services
Preventive legal action, like preventive maintenance, effectively manages costs and reduces the likelihood of troublesome legal issues. Scott provides audit services to his clients that can identify actual or potential employee relations problems in a number of areas, including union vulnerability, discriminatory employment practices, wage & hour compliance, employee handbook and policies, safety and health procedures, supervisory labor law awareness and affirmative action compliance.

Company Training and Policy Development
Scott advises employers in virtually all areas of their employment operations, keeping an eye on the developing legal issues related to the employment-at-will doctrine. A robust, creative and well-funded plaintiff’s bar continues to push the envelope in this area, applying unique employment, contract and tort legal theories to both termination cases and disciplinary matters. Scott helps our clients meet that challenge by developing appropriate employee handbooks, internal management manuals, employment and business practices and policies; establishing ethical guidelines and substance abuse policies for employees; drafting employment agreements and covenants not to compete; auditing policies and practices to prevent employment-related claims from arising; and implementing other creative solutions.

Educational Services and Updates
Labor and employment law is constantly developing and Scott stays at the cutting edge. He speaks at seminars for employers and attorneys, prepares articles for professional journals and magazines, and provides employers with legal and practical updates through the firms’ various social media platforms.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • National Center for State Courts, Lawyer's Committee (Nevada Representative)

Published Works



Media Quotes

2006 - The DRI Defense Library Series - "Illinois, in Employment Law: A State-by-State Compendium 131"
Summer 2005 - 15 IDC Quarterly M-1 - "The IDC Monograph: Mandatory Arbitration Clauses in the Employment Context"
Winter 2003 - Declarations (Excess/Surplus Lines Claims Assoc.) - "The Evolution of Employment Practices Liability Insurance: What started out wasn’t worth the paper it was printed on and what has developed may be too good to last"