Scott Brutocao, J.D.

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Biography

Scott Brutocao represents employers in all aspects of Labor and Employment law.  Mr. Brutocao is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is licensed in both Texas and California.  Mr. Brutocao’s expertise includes representing Texas and California employers in all aspects of litigation, conducting numerous jury and non-jury trials/arbitrations on a variety of legal claims in state and federal court, advising Texas and California employers on the full variety of employment-related issues, drafting and negotiating all types of employment-related agreements, reviewing and creating employee handbooks and policies, and providing training for employers on compliance with laws on virtually all employment-related subjects, from hiring to termination.

Mr. Brutocao has expertise not only in employment and labor law, but also in enforcing and defending against covenants not to compete, covenants not to solicit customers and employees, and misappropriation of trade secrets.

Mr. Brutocao litigated employment cases exclusively for employers in California prior to settling in Texas in 2000.  He is a frequent speaker at employment-related seminars, both for employers and other attorneys.  He also publishes articles on employment law issues in a variety of commercial and legal publications.

Following California, Mr. Brutocao practiced law at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison in Austin and then founded the Austin office for national employment law firm Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.  After 10 years of a national practice at Ogletree, Mr. Brutocao joined the Firm in 2013.

Education and Certificates

J.D., UCLA School of Law, 1994
B.B.A., University of Notre Dame, cum laude, 1991

Board Certified in Labor and Employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Honors & Awards

Mr. Brutocao has been listed in the The Best Lawyers in America for Labor and Employment Law management and litigation since 2008, and was designated by Best Lawyers as a “Lawyer of the Year” for 2015.  In addition, he has been named as a “Texas Super Lawyer” in the field of Labor Law by Texas Monthly magazine every year since 2012.

Lectures & Presentations

Webinar through Business Management Daily – “Background Checks: Best Practices & Legal Compliance” – June 7, 2016, February 10, 2016, August 5, 2015, May 27, 2015

“California Law for Texas Employers” – Comprehensive seminar covering the differences in employment law between California and Texas – Austin – January 14, 2015, January 27, 2016

State Bar of Texas 24th Annual Advanced Employment Law Course – “California Law for Texas Lawyers” – Dallas – January 14, 2016

Texas Minority Council Program – “Social Media and Employment Law” – Dallas, November 6-8, 2013

Ogletree Deakins Texas Seminar – “Complex Leaves of Absence” – Austin – November 2, 2012

Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar – “RIF Alternatives” – Phoenix, May 10, 2012

8th Annual Labor & Employment Law Advanced Practices (LEAP) Symposium – “Managing Social Media – What’s Your Strategy?” – Las Vegas – March 23, 2012

8th Annual Labor & Employment Law Advanced Practices (LEAP) Symposium – “Social Media – The Debate Moves From Privacy to “Protected Concerted Activity” – Las Vegas – March 22, 2012

State Bar of Texas 20th Annual Advanced Employment Law Course – “Social Media – NLRB Action and Recent Developments” – Dallas – January 27, 2012

Ogletree Deakins Texas Seminar – “Social Media and the Workplace – What Can, Should and Must You Do (And What You Need to Avoid)” – Austin – November 4, 2011

Venture Capital Financing Conference – “Avoiding Litigation for High Growth Companies” – Austin – October 13, 2011

Austin Human Resource Management Association Annual Meeting – “Tackling the Social Media Problem: Take Back Control of Your Technology” – Austin – August 2011

Association of Corporate Counsel, Austin Chapter, Monthly Meeting – “Labor & Employment Update for the First Half of 2011″ – Austin – August 2011

Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar – “Where Immigration and Employment Law Collide” – Chicago – May 2011

American Bar Association National Conference on EEO Law – “Some of Your Business: Availability and Use of Social Media Information” – New Orleans – April 2011

Austin Human Resources Management Association – “Avoiding the Pitfall — Legal Issues HR Professionals Face When Hiring Employees: Americans with Disabilities Act, Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act, Social Media, Discrimination, and Everything in – Austin – February 2011

Ogletree Deakins webinar – “Where Immigration and Employment Law Collide” – December 2010

Austin Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section Meeting – “Drafting and Negotiating Employment Contracts” – Austin – November 2010

Ogletree Deakins Seminar – “Disloyalty, Departures, and Misappropriations: Protecting Your Business Assets” – Austin – October 2010

Association of Corporate Counsel, Austin Chapter, Monthly Meeting – “Where Immigration and Employment Law Collide” – Austin – October 2010

Austin Human Resources Management Association Legislative Action Day 2010 – “Looking into the Future of Employment Laws Under the Obama Administration” – Austin – September 2010

Ogletree Deakins Seminar – “Global Workforce Perspectives” – Austin – June 2010

American Bar Association National Conference on EEO Law – “The Perfect Storm: Best Practices During an Economic Hurricane” – San Antonio – March 2010

Lorman Teleconference – “Addictions and the ADA: Practical Workplace Strategies for Dealing With Employees With Addictions” – February 2010

Ogletree Deakins Seminar – “RIF Alternatives” – Austin – October 2009

Ogletree Deakins webinar – “Pandemic Planning” – October 2009

Austin Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities Seminar on the ADA – “The ADA Amendments Act” – Austin – April 2009

Austin Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section Meeting – “Workplace Bullying: What Is It and Why Do We Care?” – Austin – November 2008

Ogletree Deakins Seminar – “Wage and Hour Developments – The Skies Continue to Darken” – Austin – October 2008

Austin Human Resource Management Association Annual Meeting – “Elements of a Sound Internal Investigation” – Austin – August 2008

Ogletree Deakins Breakfast Briefing – “Family Responsibilities Discrimination” – Austin – May 2008

Ogletree Deakins Seminar – “Eye on Employment Law” – Austin – September 2007

Austin Human Resources Management Association Annual Meeting – “Bullying in the Workplace: The Newest Litigation Threat?” – Austin – August 2007

Ogletree Deakins Seminar – “Agency Action – New Rules, Regs and Rulings Affecting Employers” – Scottsdale – May 2007

Ogletree Deakins Seminar – “Pandemic Planning – Are You Prepared?” – San Antonio – May 2005