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.

Professional & Community Affiliations


Dallas Bar Foundation

Former Chair

Labor and Employment Law Section

Dallas Bar Association



Texas State Employee Relations Committee

Texas Association of Business


Advisory Committee

Metro Dallas YMCA Human Resources


American Law Institute


Named, The Best Lawyers in America©


Named, Lawyer of the Year - Labor Law - Management


The Best Lawyers in America©


Named, Lawyer of the Year, Employment Law - Management


The Best Lawyers in America©


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


Named, BTI's Client Service All-Star Team

Awarded, AV® Peer Review Rating



American Law Institute


News, Analysis & Press

Workforce Q&A

Texas Business Report

May 1, 2016

Scott McDonald Discusses Recent Noncompete Agreement Ruling

Dallas Morning News

November 19, 2006

Scott McDonald Chimes in on Texas' Proposition 2 Debate

Dallas Business Journal

October 21, 2005

Books & Book Chapters

  • Texas Employment Law Handbook, Texas Association of Business, Chapter Editor and Contributing Author, 2004-2013
  • Drafting and Enforcing Covenants Not to Compete, Bloomberg BNA, McDonald & Lichty, 2009
  • Employment Arbitration Agreements: A Practical Guide, Aspen Publishers, 2009
  • Tortious Interference, Bloomberg BNA, 2003-present
  • Covenants Not to Compete: State-by-State Survey, Bloomberg BNA, 1996-present
  • Employee Duty of Loyalty, Bloomberg BNA, 1996-present
  • Trade Secrets: A State-by-State Survey, Bloomberg BNA, 1996-present


  • J.D., University of Texas School of Law, 1987
  • B.A., University of Texas, El Paso, 1984

Bar Admission



  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
  • Texas Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Oklahoma