M. Scott McDonald - Littler Mendelson P.C.

M. Scott McDonald

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006
Phone: 214-880-8107

M. Scott McDonald has represented clients in all areas of employment and labor law for more than 20 years. He focuses specifically on:

  • Employment contracts
  • Wrongful termination litigation
  • Unfair competition disputes and trade secret protection

Among his notable successes, Scott secured injunctions enforcing non-compete agreements in three consecutive cases involving quantitative analysts in the high frequency trading industry. He led teams in complex multi-jurisdictional disputes that resulted in the protection of millions of dollars of intellectual property. He has served as counsel for amicus curiae that successfully pursued arguments for the use of a new non-compete test and partial reversal of the Texas Supreme Court's interpretation of Texas law on non-compete agreements. In another precedent setting matter, he helped design a creative trade secret protection argument that established a new test for pre-lawsuit deposition actions in Texas.

Scott's practice involves, among others, a concentration of clients in the following industries:

  • Transportation
  • Finance
  • Technology
  • Manufacturing

Scott has written and contributed to numerous books and articles on employment law. He has been relied upon as a commentator on employment law subjects by both local and national media. He is a frequent speaker at employment law seminars, and has served as a guest lecturer at local universities and colleges.

In law school, Scott was chief note editor for The Review of Litigation.

University of Texas School of LawJ.D. University of Texas, El PasoBA
American Law InstituteAdvisory Committee - Metro Dallas YMCA Human ResourcesTexas State Employee Relations Committee - Texas Association of BusinessDallas Bar Association

Case History

Other Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
  • Texas Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Oklahoma


Office Location

2001 Ross Avenue, Suite 1500
Lock Box 116
Dallas, TX 75201
United States


Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Labor Law - Management of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metro Area2015 Lawyer of the Year in Labor Law - Management of the Dallas Metro Area2013 Lawyer of the Year in Employment Law - Management of the Dallas Metro Area
M. Scott McDonald has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!M. Scott McDonald has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!M. Scott McDonald has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management
Labor Law - Management
Litigation - Labor and Employment