For the first 17 years of his practice, Matt Scott represented management exclusively in all types of employment cases. During that time, he represented dozens of Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies in every type of employment matter. Matt has extensive experience trying employment claims to judges and juries, and has handled dozens of appeals to the various appellate courts in Texas, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.
In 2012, Matt left his position as Managing Partner of the Dallas office of national labor and employment law firm Ford & Harrison LLP and joined former federal judge Joe Kendall at the Kendall Law Group LLP. There, he started that firm’s employment section, focused exclusively on representing individuals in employment discrimination, retaliation, unlawful termination, and wage and hour/overtime lawsuits. In just 3 years, Matt established one of the premier plaintiff’s side employment practices in Dallas. Then, in 2016, along with Javier Perez, Matt opened Scott Perez LLP. In 2020, the firm transitioned over to Scott Gilmore Thompson.
In 2013, Matt was named one of the Top 50 Employment Lawyers in the country by eBossWatch, in part because of three jury verdicts he obtained for his clients in 2013. Matt obtained a $451,000 verdict against Kroger on behalf of a mentally disabled worker, a $522,000 judgment against Dallas County Schools on behalf of a wrongfully terminated disabled bus monitor, and a $212,000 verdict against Morningstar Foods on behalf of a pregnant employee who was wrongfully terminated because of her pregnancy. Since then, Matt has tried many more cases in both state and federal court, many of them resulting in favorable verdicts or mid-trial settlements for his clients.
Matt is board certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He chaired the Fifth Circuit Labor & Employment Law Pattern Jury Charge Advisory Committee from 2001 to 2009, which was responsible for drafting the pattern jury charges used in employment discrimination cases tried in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
Matt formerly served as a member of the Rockwall City Council in Rockwall, Texas, from June 2005 until May 2011, and as an Ex Officio Director of the Rockwall Economic Development Corporation.
HONORS AND AWARDS
- Board Certified—Labor and Employment Law—Texas Board of Legal Specialization (2002 – present)
- Named a “Texas Super Lawyer,” by Texas Monthly Magazine (2010-2021)
- Named to “Best Lawyers in Dallas,” by D Magazine (2018 – 2020)
- Named “2013 Top Employment Lawyers,” by eBossWatch (2013)
- Named a “Texas Rising Star,” by Texas Monthly Magazine (2004, 2005, and 2006)
- Named to “Best Lawyers Under 40 in Dallas,” by D Magazine (May 2006)
- AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
- State of Texas (1995)
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court Western District of Texas