Scott Cook’s practice focuses on the representation of individuals in employment disputes. He has represented individuals in a wide range of employment matters and has been Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2011.
Scott’s experience includes cases involving breach of an employment contract, discrimination, overtime violations, First Amendment violations, whistleblower retaliation, and FMLA violations. Scott has also defended individual employees in trade secret matters, non-compete disputes, and employment contract matters. He regularly advises employees on their rights in the workplace and how to handle a wide variety of unfair treatment that occurs in the workplace. He also routinely works with individuals to review, draft, and negotiate employment contracts, including contracts for executives and physicians. In recent years, he has also advised and represented small businesses on employment matters.
Scott represents clients throughout Texas in all stages of litigation in both federal and state courts. His practice regularly leads him to the courtroom, where he has gained notable first chair trial experience in trying cases to a jury in state and federal court. He has also practiced in the appellate courts, including arguing cases orally to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Texas Supreme Court. He has conducted, as the lead lawyer, arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association and private arbitrators. Through working with clients and by achieving positive results, Scott has developed strong relationships with his past and present clients. Thus, he continues to welcome and enjoy the challenge of representing individuals against more powerful interests.
Scott earned a Bachelor of Arts in History with Distinction from the University of Virginia in 1999. Following graduation from UVA, he served with Americorps in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas where he worked for Texas Rural Legal Aid’s Migrant Farmworker Division. In 2003, he graduated from the University of Texas School of Law with Honors. During law school, Scott was a member and Associate Editor of the Texas Law Review, which published his student Note in 2003.
Following law school, Scott clerked for the Honorable Howell Cobb, District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas, Beaumont Division. After his clerkship, he worked for a well-known boutique litigation firm in Houston, TX where he litigated employment cases for plaintiffs and defendants. Scott moved to Austin in 2006 where he developed his own practice, which included working as a briefing attorney for a nationally-known asbestos litigation firm. In that same year, he opened the Law Office of R. Scott Cook. In the fall of 2008, Scott expanded his office and changed the name of his firm to The Cook Law Firm, in anticipation of increased work with his father, Russell L. Cook, Jr. Since 2010, he has worked with his father and colleague Melissa Jacobs in successful representation of numerous clients in employment and personal injury matters.
Scott lives in Austin, where he enjoys fishing, duck hunting, outdoor activities in and around Central Texas, and spending time with his wife, their son, and their Toller Retriever. Scott is a member of First United Methodist Church, where he serves as a Stephen Minister.
University of Texas School of Law (J.D., with Honors, 2003)
University of Virginia (B.A., with Distinction, 1999)
HONORS AND DISTINCTIONS
Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Labor & Employment Law, Since 2011
Law Clerk to the Honorable Howell Cobb, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas (2003-2004)
Texas Law Review (Associate Editor 2002-2003; Member 2001-2003)
Note, Farm Children as a Major Identifiable Subgroup under the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996, 81 Texas Law Rev. 1121 (2003)
Discovery Issues in Employment Litigation, co-authored with Joseph Y. Ahmad, for the Labor and Employment Section of the Federal Bar Association, July 2005
Co-editor of the Tenth Edition of Texas Rules of Form
MEMBERSHIPS AND ORGANIZATIONS
State Bar of Texas
Austin Bar Association
Austin Young Lawyers Association
Texas Trial Lawyers Association
National Employment Lawyers Association
Texas Employment Lawyers Association
American Constitution Society
SELECTED REPORTED CASES
Lee v. U.S. Sec. Associates, Inc., No. A-07-CA-395-AWA, 2008 WL 958219 (W.D.Tex. 2008)
Cocannouer v. Cadence Contract Servs., LLC, No. A-08-CA-099-LY, 2009 WL 1140499 (W.D. Tex. 2009)
Clemons v. Texas Concrete Materials, Ltd., No. 07-09-0034-CV (Tex. App.–Amarillo 2010, no pet.)
Culbertson v. Lykos, 790 F.3d 608 (5th Cir. 2015)
U.S. District Courts for the Western District of Texas
U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of Texas
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals