As an in-house lawyer, I looked for outside counsel with proven experience and the commitment to provide efficient work and practical advice. Taylor English was an ideal platform when I returned to private practice more than a decade ago, enabling me to meet those same standards for my own clients. Our seasoned attorneys, most with decades of high-level experience in their practice areas, roll up their sleeves to meet clients’ needs promptly, efficiently and effectively.
Scott Blews partners with his clients to meet the full range of their employment and labor law needs, from counseling and advice through litigation and trial. On the counseling front, as a former in-house counsel, Mr. Blews has honed his approach of efficiently providing clients with concrete recommendations that balance the legal and business landscape, rather than rambling research memoranda that shy away from taking a position on what should be done. Moreover, when litigation ensues, Mr. Blews provides first-rate, cost-effective legal work.
Mr. Blews possesses the trial experience to take a case to a jury verdict, as well as the judgment and foresight to help clients evaluate when it may make sense to resolve a claim. He has represented employers successfully in a wide variety of employment, labor and other litigation matters in state and federal courts and administrative agencies throughout the country, from Miami to Anchorage, and numerous places in between. These cases have included discrimination, retaliation and harassment claims under state and federal employment laws, such as Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations (OSHA) and the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN); overtime and exempt classification claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and state wage and hour laws, including collective actions; state law tort claims, such as defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and negligent retention and hiring; whistleblower claims; breach of contract claims; unfair labor practice claims; and equal protection, due process, First Amendment and other constitutional claims. In addition, Mr. Blews has successfully litigated numerous disputes with respect to trade secrets and restrictive covenants, including emergency hearings on requests for injunctive relief.
In the counseling realm, Mr. Blews has assisted clients with issues across the entire employment law spectrum, such as guiding clients through reductions in force; creating and revising policies and procedures; negotiating and drafting employment and severance agreements; offering advice regarding personnel decisions; conducting internal investigations, including sexual and racial harassment investigations; and conducting compliance training for clients’ human resources, management and front-line employees.
Before joining Taylor English in January 2007, Mr. Blews clerked for U.S. District Judge William Terrell Hodges in the Middle District of Florida, practiced with the labor and employment team of King & Spalding and served in-house as a senior employment counsel for Delta Air Lines Inc.
The State Bar of Georgia, Labor and Employment Section
The Florida Bar, Labor and Employment Law Section
- “Managing a Workplace Investigation: Legal Challenges for Employers,” ACC Value ChallengeAtlanta, Ga., April 21, 2015
- “Trending Trade Secrets Topics.” Panel discussion, Young Lawyers Division, Labor & Employment Committee, State Bar of Georgia and Institute of Continuing Legal Education in GeorgiaAtlanta, Ga., December 3, 2014
- “ADA and FMLA: New Regulations from the ADA Amendments Act, Employer Requirements in 2013-14; What is a ‘Reasonable Accommodation?’” Co-presentation with John F. Wymer III,10th Annual Labor and Employment Law ConferenceAtlanta, Ga., October 4, 2013
- “The Value of Protecting Your Intellectual Property.” Taylor English Duma Presents: Maximizing ROI for In-House Litigation CounselAtlanta, Ga., October 10, 2012
- “ADA and FMLA: Managing Leave, New Regulations from the ADA Amendments Act; Employer Requirements in 2012-2013.” Co-presentation with John F. Wymer III, 9th Annual Labor and Employment Law ConferenceAtlanta, Ga., October 5, 2012
- “FMLA: Employer Requirements in 2011 and 2012.” 8th Annual Labor and Employment Law ConferenceAtlanta, Ga., October 7, 2011
- “FMLA: What’s An Employer to Do?” 7th Annual Labor and Employment Law ConferenceAtlanta, Ga., October 15, 2010
- “FMLA: Make Sure the Leave Act Works for Your Company.” 4th, 5th and 6th Annual Labor and Employment Law ConferenceAtlanta, Ga., October 4, 2007, October 3, 2008 and October 2, 2009
- “How Recent Case Law and Legislative Changes Affect You and Adhering to the Family and Medical Leave Act: Human Resource Policies That Prevent Lawsuits"Atlanta, Ga., December 5, 2006
- “2006 Legislative and Case Law Update.” Labor and Employment Law UpdateAtlanta, Ga., November 29, 2006
- “Conducting Employee Investigations: Unique Employment Law Issues for School Districts”Atlanta, Ga., November 16, 2006
- “Liability Issues in Hiring and Discharging School Employees and Employee Qualifications as Set Forth in the No Child Left Behind Act: Minimizing and Managing Labor and Employment Issues in the School Setting"Atlanta, Ga., March 3, 2006
- December 1, 2014
Taylor English is pleased to announce that 17 attorneys have been selected for inclusion in Georgia Trend’s 2014 Legal Elite. The list, in its 12th edition, ranks Georgia’s top attorneys as selected by their peers. To compile its Legal Elite, Georgia Trend polled several thousand members of the State Bar of Georgia asking them to nominate the most effective attorneys in 10 different practice areas. The complete list is available on the Georgia Trend website.
- December 12, 2011
Atlanta– December 15, 2011 – Georgia Trend magazine named 10 attorneys from Taylor English Duma LLP to its ninth annual listing of the state’s “Legal Elite.” The magazine recognized attorneys from five separate practice areas as among the best in the state, based on votes cast solely by practicing attorneys in Georgia.
“The Taylor English model remains quite simple: attract the area’s best attorneys, give them the flexibility to be efficient about ...
- November 4, 2009
Six Taylor English Duma attorneys have been named 'Legal Elite' in the latest edition of Georgia Trend magazine: Scott Blews, Foy Devine, Paul Durdaller, Joe English, Henry Quillian and Marc Taylor. Lawyers who make the list are selected by a group of their peers and are voted as most effective in 10 practice areas, including business law, bankruptcy and creditors' rights, and labor and employment. "It's always flattering to be recognized by our peers," says ...
- Employment and Labor Relations
- Health Care
- Litigation and Dispute Resolution
- Restaurant, Food and Beverage, and Licensing
- Sports, Entertainment and Media
University of Florida, Levin College of Law, JD, with honors, 1993
University of Florida, BA, 1990
Judge William Terrell Hodges, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
Courts & Adjudicative Bodies
Court of Appeals of Georgia
Supreme Court of Georgia
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
Georgia Trend Legal Elite, Labor, Employment and Immigration, 2009, 2011, 2013-2014