Andrew M. Scott is an experienced trial, litigation and transactional attorney in Gordon & Rees, LLP’s Houston office. His practice includes the representation of a broad range of business entities, individuals, insureds and insurers in both litigation and business transactional matters.
Mr. Scott has extensive experience in representing both self-insured and insured clients in matters involving complex commercial litigation, non-competes and restrictive covenants, labor and employment, business litigation, securities litigation, director and officer, first and third party and insurance disputes. Mr. Scott has tried multiple cases to verdict and litigated hundreds of cases in state, federal, and bankruptcy courts throughout Texas. He has also handled appeals before Texas and Federal appellate courts.
Mr. Scott has litigated to a successful conclusion a number of cases involving complex contract disputes, business divorce disputes, business torts, securities violations, minority shareholder oppression claims, mortgage field servicing cases, professional liability disputes, real estate disputes, allegations of breach of fiduciary duties, deceptive trade practices, construction defect claims, personal injury claims, dog bite claims, health care claims and oil and gas rig accidents.
Employment Related Practices
Mr. Scott regularly represents employers and employees in claims involving discrimination, wage claims, wrongful termination, defamation, retaliation, harassment, workers’ compensation bad faith, ADA, ADEA, FMLA and FLSA disputes. Mr. Scott represents employers before administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Texas Workforce Commission, National Labor Relations Board and Department of Labor in administrative actions. In addition, Mr. Scott regularly counsels employers on employment policies, workplace investigations, complex wage and hour issues, leaves of absence, disability accommodation, terminations and preventative business, employment counseling and training. He regularly reviews and drafts employer policies to ensure compliance with federal, state and local laws.
Non-Compete and Restrictive Covenant Claims
Mr. Scott actively represents both employers and individuals in restrictive covenant, injunctive, restraining order and unfair competition actions, including covenants not to compete or solicit and theft of trade secrets. Mr. Scott has tried multiple temporary injunction actions to conclusion, and regularly litigates non-competes and restrictive covenant matters across Texas.
Director & Officer Claims
Mr. Scott successfully defends individual directors and officers, and corporate entities, in shareholder derivative and direct actions pertaining to breach of fiduciary duties and related claims. Additionally, Mr. Scott specialties in defending common interest developments (i.e., Homeowner Associations) and their board of directors in member related claims.
First Party Defense
Mr. Scott has represented a number of the nation’s largest insurance companies in first-party litigation, including claims brought pursuant to the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices-Consumer Protection Act and the Texas Insurance Code, including property damage, hurricane and windstorm related claims.
Medical and Veterinarian Board Claims
In addition, Mr. Scott has represented numerous veterinarians and physicians in resolving complaints asserting various allegations including breach of the standard of care, breach of board rules and breach of professional conduct, filed by or with the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners or the Texas Medical Board.
Mr. Scott also represents clients in a number of unique actions, such as actions brought against governmental entities involved in civil rights and Texas Tort Claims Act claims, class actions pursuant to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), and suspension and debarment proceedings brought against domestic and international companies by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United States Department of State.
Business Transaction Practice & Outside General Counsel
In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Scott maintains a broad business transactional practice. Mr. Scott provides counsel to clients in the formation, structure, implementation and ongoing representation of business entities as well as the individual owners of such enterprises.
Mr. Scott’s business transactional practice focuses on complex commercial transactions, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, spin-offs and roll-in of entities and assets, asset and equity dispositions, asset securitization, real estate transactions and asset based lending.
Mr. Scott has served as lead counsel on numerous buy-side and sell-side mergers and acquisitions, and represents clients in the negotiating and structuring of corporate contracts, asset purchase agreements, stock purchase agreements, membership interest purchase agreements, professional services agreements, distributorship agreements, licensing agreements, technology transfer agreements, SaaS agreements, employment contracts, restrictive covenants and consulting agreements.
In addition, Mr. Scott has extensive commercial real estate experience, representing landlords and tenants in leasing transactions, and buyers and sellers in connection with the acquisition, financing, disposition, and development of various types of commercial property. His depth of experience allows Mr. Scott to serve as an effective and efficient outside general counsel for a number of his clients with closely held businesses, including advising on operational issues, stock and membership issues, and general corporate law.
United States District Court - Southern District of Texas
United States District Court - Northern District of Texas
United States District Court - Eastern District of Texas
United States District Court - Western District of Texas
United States Bankruptcy Court - Southern District of Texas
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Houston Bar Association
Houston Young Lawyers Association
Texas Young Lawyers Association
Silver Spurs Alumni Association
Wilchester Men’s Club