Scott Jackson

(479) 695-1967
Partner
(479) 973-0007 Fax
Scott.Jackson@KutakRock.com

Scott Jackson is a partner in the firm's Fayetteville office. He devotes his practice to the representation of corporate clients and management professionals in complex commercial and employment litigation. He has served clients in the retail, construction, foodservice, agriculture, and financial services industries. He also has significant experience representing health care professionals and health care-related entities in a variety of litigated claims, including claims of professional negligence.

Litigation.  Mr. Jackson has successfully litigated claims of wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies. In recent years, Scott has guided clients through the complex maze of wage and hour laws, serving as lead counsel in collective action litigation and defending Department of Labor investigations. He also represents employers and management professionals in unfair competition and breach of contract litigation, including claims related to non-compete agreements. Since 2015, Mr. Jackson has been listed as a “Rising Star” in the area of Labor and Employment by Mid-South Super Lawyers®, a distinction conferred upon no more than 2.5% of Arkansas attorneys who are under the age of 40 and have been practicing for 10 years or less.

Counseling and Risk Management.  In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Jackson routinely counsels business owners, management, and human resource professionals on practical ways to avoid litigation through compliance and effective risk management. He approaches each problem with the goal of minimizing risk while carrying out the client's business objectives.

  • Representation of consumer goods manufacturer employing more than 1,000 individuals at its Arkansas facility on multiparty claims of race discrimination. Trial verdict in favor of client affirmed on appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

  • Representation of physician on claims of negligence and professional negligence. Obtained directed verdict in favor of client.

  • Representation of multiple restaurants and restaurant franchisor in FLSA collective action asserting violations of FLSA tip credit provision. Obtained dismissal of several individual restaurant locations and decertification of conditionally certified collective action. Successfully defended clients' implementation of voluntary arbitration agreements before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

  • Representation of auto parts manufacturer employing more than 500 individuals at its Arkansas facility on claims of sexual harassment, gender discrimination, age discrimination and retaliation. Summary judgment in favor of client affirmed on appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Certiorari to the United States Supreme Court denied.

  • Representation of Fortune 500 auto parts retailer with locations throughout Arkansas on claims of hostile work environment, disability discrimination, age discrimination and retaliation. Obtained summary judgment in favor of defendant.

  • Successfully defended the dismissal of a claim for punitive damages on behalf of an Arkansas-based transportation company before the Arkansas Court of Appeals and the Arkansas Supreme Court. Orally argued issue of first impression before both the Arkansas Court of Appeals and the Arkansas Supreme Court. See Brumley v. Keech, 2012 Ark. 263.

  • Representation of consumer goods manufacturer employing more than 1,000 individuals at its Arkansas facility on multiparty claims of retaliation, race discrimination, and age discrimination. Summary judgment in favor of client affirmed on appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

  • Representation of industrial conveyor manufacturer employing more than 300 individuals at it Arkansas facility on claim of gender discrimination. Trial verdict in favor of client.

  • Representation of regional health care provider on claims of gender discrimination and pregnancy discrimination under Title VII, as amended by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. Obtained trial verdict in favor of defendant.

  • Representation of construction contractor in FLSA collective action asserting minimum wage and overtime violations.

  • Representation of insurance professionals on claims of breach of non-compete agreements and misappropriation of trade secrets. Obtained summary judgment in favor of clients declaring non-compete agreements invalid and unenforceable under Arkansas law.

  • Representation of industrial conveyor manufacturer employing more than 300 individuals at it Arkansas facility on claim of age discrimination. Summary judgment in favor of client.

  • Managing FMLA Leave Requests: Ensuring Best Practices and Mitigating Liability, 2016, Fayetteville, Arkansas

  • Navigating Complicated FMLA Issues: A Look at Current Case Law, 2016, Fayetteville, Arkansas

  • Fair Labor Standards Act: Wage and Hour Crackdown, 2014, Fayetteville, Arkansas.

  • Aggressive EEOC Tactics and Systemic Actions, 2014, Kansas City, Missouri.

  • Employment Law 101: Practical Advice for Handling Employment Related Matters, 2012, Jonesboro, Arkansas.

  • The Americans with Disabilities Act, 2009, Osceola, Arkansas.

  • The Family and Medical Leave Act: Overview and Updates, 2009, Osceola, Arkansas.