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M. Scott McDonald has represented clients in all areas of employment and labor law for more than 20 years. He focuses specifically on:

  • Employment contracts
  • Wrongful termination litigation
  • Unfair competition disputes and trade secret protection

Among his notable successes, Scott secured injunctions enforcing non-compete agreements in three consecutive cases involving quantitative analysts in the high frequency trading industry. He led teams in complex multi-jurisdictional disputes that resulted in the protection of millions of dollars of intellectual property. He has served as counsel for amicus curiae that successfully pursued arguments for the use of a new non-compete test and partial reversal of the Texas Supreme Court's interpretation of Texas law on non-compete agreements. In another precedent setting matter, he helped design a creative trade secret protection argument that established a new test for pre-lawsuit deposition actions in Texas.

Scott's practice involves, among others, a concentration of clients in the following industries:

  • Transportation
  • Finance
  • Technology
  • Manufacturing

Scott has written and contributed to numerous books and articles on employment law. He has been relied upon as a commentator on employment law subjects by both local and national media. He is a frequent speaker at employment law seminars, and has served as a guest lecturer at local universities and colleges.

In law school, Scott was chief note editor for The Review of Litigation.


  • Member, Dallas Bar Foundation
  • Former Chair, Labor and Employment Law Section - Dallas Bar Association, 2000
  • Member, Texas State Employee Relations Committee - Texas Association of Business
  • Member, Advisory Committee - Metro Dallas YMCA Human Resources
  • Member, American Law Institute


  • Named, The Best Lawyers in America©, 2006-2015
    • Lawyer of the Year, Labor Law - Management, Dallas, 2015
    • Lawyer of the Year, Employment Law - Management, Dallas, 2013
  • Named, International Who's Who of Management Labour and Employment Lawyers - Who's Who Legal, 2012 and 2013
  • Named, America's Leading Lawyers for Business - Chambers USA, 2012, 2013 and 2014
  • Named, BTI's Client Service All-Star Team
  • Awarded, Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rating
  • Selected, American Law Institute, 2010