R. Scott Cook

R. Scott Cook

Contacts

(512) 482-9556
scook@rcooklaw.com

 

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Scott Cook’s practice focuses on the representation of individuals in employment matters. 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.  He has been named a Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly magazine in 2019 and 2020. 

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.

Scott has represented clients throughout Texas in all stages of litigation in both federal and state courts. He has tried cases to juries in state and federal court, as well as trying cases before arbitrators and in administrative proceedings.  He has also practiced in the appellate courts, including arguing cases orally to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Texas Supreme Court. 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 practicing for a well known boutique law firm in Houston, Scott moved to Austin where he established his own practice in 2006.

Scott lives in Austin, where he enjoys fishing, outdoor activities in and around Central Texas, and spending time with his wife, their son and daughter, and their Toller Retriever. 

EDUCATION

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)

PUBLICATIONS

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

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)

Lemon v. Nurses To Go, Inc., 924 F.3d 155 (5th Cir. 2019)

ADMISSIONS

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