Scott Rogoff is a Rochester native who has been representing companies, not-for-profit corporations, and individuals involved in civil litigation for nearly 20 years. He focuses his practice in the areas of labor and employment law, and health care controversies.
Scott began his legal career as an associate with a small, general practice firm in Boston, where he had the invaluable opportunity to work in a variety of legal areas, including family law, corporate law, criminal law, real estate, labor and employment, and civil litigation. Scott took his first court-ordered deposition one hour after he was sworn in to the Massachusetts Bar, and took his first case to trial less than six months later. Among the many skills Scott developed and honed as a small-firm associate, was the ability to recognize a client’s need, and then work with the client in a pragmatic approach to achieve positive results – an approach Scott continues to believe in and employ every day.
In 2002, Scott returned to his hometown and began his career. Since then, he has refined his practice to helping employers develop and implement best practices to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees. In that regard, Scott drafts employee policies and handbooks, is a frequent speaker on “hot button” labor and employment topics, and serves as a trusted resource for human resources professionals. And, when employment disputes arise, Scott regularly represents employers in claims before the New York State Division of Human Rights, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, state and federal Departments of Labor (including Unemployment claims and wage and hour audits) and before state and federal courts. His clients include sole proprietors, small, medium, and large companies, and not-for-profit corporations. Scott also maintains a busy practice representing health care clients and other not-for-profit agencies, and defends individuals and companies involved in negligence, lead paint, construction site injury, and commercial litigation claims. He became a partner of the firm in 2010.
Scott served a ten-year term on the firm’s Diversity Committee and is actively involved in community service. He is a Penfield Little League coach and a Board member of the Jewish Community Federation of Greater Rochester. He has a Certificate in Board Leadership from the Center for Community Engagement at St. John Fisher College, and in 2011, Scott was elected Board President of Jewish Family Service – a not-for-profit agency providing critical social services to individuals and families within and without the Jewish community.
- Obtained dismissal of Title VII employment discrimination claim brought in U.S. District court by terminated employee against manufacturing company.
- Obtained dismissal of Title VII employment discrimination claim brought in federal court against residential property management company.
- Obtained summary judgment dismissing Title VII gender-based harassment and discrimination claims brought against manufacturer and prevailed on plaintiff’s appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
- Obtained summary judgment for large printing company dismissing federal court claim alleging age and sex discrimination.
- Obtained numerous No Probable Cause Determinations and dismissals for not-for-profit corporations and other employers in state and federal agency claims for employment discrimination based on age, race, sex, religion, disability, national origin, sexual harassment, and retaliation.
- Successfully represented clients in state and federal Department of Labor Wage and Hour Audits involving classification of employees.
- Provide training and education seminars to employers on a variety of hot button labor and employment law issues.
- Obtained summary judgment dismissing negligence claim for personal injury against electrical contractor.
- Successfully represented defendants in jury and bench trials.
- Western New England College School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1997
- Ithaca College, B.S., 1992
- New York, 1998
- Massachusetts, 1997
- Monroe County Bar Association, Co-Chair, Disability, Labor & Employment Law Committee (2012-2013)
- Jewish Community Federation of Greater Rochester Board
- Jewish Family Service, Past Board President
- Penfield Little League Baseball and Youth Basketball Coach
- Panel speaker, “The Changing Landscape of Human Rights Law: Updates and Implications,” Monroe County Bar Association, May 2016
- “Employment Law Update,” Council of Agency Executives, May 2016
- “Wage and Hour Update,” Greater Rochester Payroll Association, April 2016
- “Putting the Pieces Together,” FMLA and ADA update, Penfield Country Club, April 2016
- Quoted in “Scrutiny, Awareness Raise The Stakes for Employers,” Rochester Business Journal, May 1, 2015
- “How to Discipline and Fire Employees,” Small Business Council of Rochester, May 2015
- “Employee Handbooks,” NY Job Service Employee Committee, July 2014
- “Are You Ready” Employment Law Seminars, Speaker for series, 2014
- "Employment Law Update," Finger Lakes Job Service Employer Committee, September 2013
- "Employment Discrimination Update: How To Pursue and Defend Claims With the Human Rights Division and EEOC," Monroe County Bar Center For Education, April 16, 2013
- "Employment Law Update," Finger Lakes Job Service Employer Committee, April 2011
- "Misclassification of Employees," Rochester Regional Veterans' Business Council, February 2011
- “Laying the Foundation for Strong Employee Relationships and Minimizing Risk,” Rochester Builders Exchange, May 2008
- “Anatomy of a Lawsuit,” American Board of Trial Advocates/Monroe County Bar Association,
- “New York Construction Law,” National Business Institute Seminar, Rochester, April 2004
- Jewish Community Federation of Greater Rochester's Benjamin Goldstein Young Leadership Award, 2012
- Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, Partner
- Boston law firm, Associate, focused on litigation and employment law
- Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General, Law Clerk