Scott Atwood serves as the chair of our Labor and Employment Law Group. With an impressive career spanning nearly three decades, he has been a steadfast advocate for entrepreneurs, public entities, and businesses of all sizes across the United States, with a special focus on Florida and Georgia.
Scott brings a wealth of experience to all facets of employment law, including Title VII, ADA, ADEA, and Section 1983 discrimination, harassment, and retaliation cases. He is also well-versed in handling complex matters related to FMLA leave, FLSA, and state wage law. Scott is a trusted advisor when it comes to whistleblower claims, non-compete agreements, non-solicitation agreements, trade secrets, and contract disputes. In the realm of general corporate affairs, he prepares numerous business contracts, including confidentiality agreements, employment agreements, operating and shareholder agreements, and restrictive covenant agreements.
Beyond litigation, Scott leverages his expertise as a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator to facilitate alternative dispute resolutions, sparing clients the cost and time associated with lengthy legal battles.
Scott’s dedication to the field has not gone unnoticed. He has been consistently honored by Florida Super Lawyers magazine in labor and employment law since 2019. From 2020 to 2023, Naples Illustrated has recognized him as a “Top Lawyer.” Earlier in his career, while with labor and employment boutiques in Atlanta, he was named a Rising Star numerous times. During his law school tenure, Scott’s commitment to excellence led to his election as Editor-in-Chief of the Florida Journal of International Law and his receipt of the President’s Award for exceptional service to the University. Currently, he actively contributes to the College of Law’s Alumni Council.
Scott extends his legal knowledge through the Southwest Florida Business and IP Blog, where he has addressed pertinent topics such as overtime pay regulations and civil rights in the workplace, including:
- When do employers need to pay overtime?
- Supreme Court Holds that Civil Rights Law Covers LGBT Employees
- DOL’s Initial Families First Guidance Throws Some Curveballs; Effective Date Now April 1
- Florida Jury Finds in Favor of Employer in Paralegal’s Overtime Trial
Outside of his professional endeavors, Scott relishes quality time with his family, exploring new travel destinations, and passionately following New England sports.
Professional and Civic Affiliations
Scott is deeply committed to his community. He has held leadership roles in various professional and civic organizations, including the Lee County Bar Association Foundation, where he is a past president and a current member of the Executive Council. Scott also chaired the Board of Directors for the Sidney & Berne Davis Arts Center and is an active member of the UF Law Alumni Council and currently serves as the National Alumni Relations Chair. His community involvement extends to the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class (Class of 2017).
In the past, Scott served on the Florida Bar’s Board of Governors, including roles in the Executive Council and Disciplinary Committee. He held the position of chair for the Florida Bar’s Labor and Employment Section from 2021 to 2022. Scott’s contributions also include past roles as president of the Florida Bar’s Young Lawyers Division, vice-chair of the Florida Bar’s Continuing Legal Education Committee, and president of the Lee County Bar Association. He was chair of the Small Firm Section of the Atlanta Bar Association and a former member of various committees and organizations, including the Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism and the Florida Bar’s inaugural Diversity Committee.
Scott’s commitment to community service extends to his role on the Allocations Committee for the United Way of Lee County and his participation in the Executive Committee of the Dartmouth Club of Georgia.
News & Insights
- Naples Illustrated Magazine Recognizes 44 Henderson Franklin Attorneys as “Top Lawyers”
- Scott Atwood Provides a Legal Update to Florida School Board Attorneys Association
- Henderson Franklin Celebrates 26 Attorneys Recognized as 2023 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
- Naples Illustrated Magazine Recognizes 36 Henderson Franklin Attorneys as “Top Lawyers”
- 21 Henderson Franklin Attorneys Recognized as 2022 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
- Naples Illustrated Magazine Recognizes 39 Henderson Franklin Attorneys as “Top Lawyers”
- Scott Atwood Sworn in as Chair of The Florida Bar Labor & Employment Section
- 20 Henderson Franklin Attorneys Recognized as 2021 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
- Atwood to Share Legal Update on COVID-Related Employment Laws
- Naples Illustrated Magazine Recognizes 28 Henderson Franklin Attorneys as “Top Lawyers”
- 28th Annual HR Law & Solutions Seminar Goes Virtual
- Scott Atwood Elected Chair-Elect of The Florida Bar Labor & Employment Section
- 21 Henderson Franklin Lawyers Honored as 2020 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
- Registration for Henderson Franklin’s 28th Annual HR Law & Solutions Seminar is Open
- Atwood Elected Secretary/Treasurer of The Florida Bar Labor & Employment Section
- Eighteen Henderson Franklin Lawyers Selected as 2019 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
- Henderson Franklin Welcomes Scott Atwood as Stockholder