Scott C. PatonShareholder
Scott Paton joined the firm as a principal in 2003, and focuses his practice upon business litigation, appellate practice and complex commercial litigation.
Regarding his business litigation practice, Mr. Paton provides services to local, statewide, national and international companies in the areas of labor and employment law, restrictive covenants (i.e. non-compete agreements), misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair business practices, and shareholder disputes. A significant part of Mr. Paton’s practice is devoted to providing advice and counsel concerning business strategies designed to avoid litigation, as well as representing clients when litigation becomes necessary.
Mr. Paton’s appellate practice stems from his experience clerking with the Appellate Division, Third Department, and has led to considerable appellate advocacy before all appellate divisions of the New York Supreme Court, the New York Court of Appeals, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Mr. Paton’s appellate practice includes the representation of both appellants and respondents, as well as amici curiae.
Mr. Paton also has considerable experience in complex commercial litigation, having represented clients in both Federal and State courts, as well as in arbitration proceedings commenced under the Federal Arbitration Act. Such disputes routinely include the areas of construction law, intellectual property litigation, securities litigation and proceedings commenced under Article 78 of New York’s Civil Practice Law and Rules.
Mr. Paton’s litigation practice is not limited to the representation of companies and businesses, but includes the representation of individuals facing restrictive covenants, allegations of unfair competition and business torts, as well as complex civil litigation involving catastrophic personal injury, property damage or economic loss.
Mr. Paton's court admissions include: the State of New York; 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals; U.S. District Courts in the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts.
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JD, Cornell Law School, 1994
Cornell Law Review, Special Projects Editor Moot Court Competitions Clerkship, New York Supreme Court - Appellate Division, Third Department, 1994-1995
BA, Dartmouth College, 1990
State of Vermont
2nd Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. District Courts in the Northern Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts
Albany County Bar Association
New York State Bar Association
American Trial Lawyers’ Association
The Colon Club, Inc.
Colonie Senior Services, Inc.
The Dartmouth Club of Northeastern New York
- Mantica v. New York State Dep't of Health, 94 N.Y.2d 58
State agency was required to disclose patient's records since public health law did not provide an exemption to freedom of information law.
- Zinter Handling, Inc. v. Britton, 46 A.D.3d 998
Because the former employees' services were not unique or extraordinary, and because they were not privy to the employer's confidential customer lists, the employer's noncompete covenant was overly broad and unenforceable; in any event, because the covenant had expired, the trial court properly dismissed the employer's action to enforce it.
- Scott, Stackrow & Co., C.P.A.'s, P.C. v. Skavina, 9 A.D.3d 805
Where an overly broad noncompetition agreement prevented an employee from soliciting or performing work for any client of the employer, summary judgment was properly granted to the employee.
- Moser v. Devine Real Estate, Inc., 42 A.D.3d 731
Trial court properly denied a contractor's summary judgment motion as to counterclaims by real estate companies alleging breach of fiduciary duty, as there was a triable issue of fact as to the contractor's status within the companies.
- Coldwell Banker Prime Props., Inc. v. Netguistics, Inc., 35 A.D.3d 1056
Principle of res judicata could not apply to bar instant action filed by plaintiff against company and its principal because counterclaims filed in prior action against company, which were also subject matter of instant action, had been dismissed as being moot and had not been dismissed on merits.
- Minotti v. Larkin, 9 A.D.3d 699
When tax sale purchaser of real estate claimed title to property adversely possessed by people living on it, purchaser's chain of title did not show he bought disputed parcel, and, if he did, tax sale was void, as all taxes on the property were paid.
- Mega Pers. Lines, Inc. v. Halton, 9 A.D.3d 553
Partial summary judgment on the issue of good faith in the transfer of funds from one corporation to another was not proper as the question of an individual's control of the two corporations raised a triable issue of fact as to any preferences.
- Laugh & Learn, Inc. v. State DMV, 263 A.D.2d 854
Appellant was not required to exhaust administrative remedies prior to seeking judicial review of decision terminating an educational program because he received no notification that it was entitled to administrative review.
- A-1 Communs. v. WTZA-TV Assocs., 245 A.D.2d 940
Claimant who entered into an oral barter agreement with a business owner was not entitled to enforce the agreement against the successor owner because the arrangement was void by virtue of the Statute of Frauds.
- Various articles published in the New York Law Journal Outside Counsel column
- Various articles on recent court decisions and developments in the areas of labor and employment law and civil litigation
- The Government Made Me Do It: A Proposed Approach to an Entrapment Under Jacobsen v. United States, 79 Cornell Law Review 995 (1994).
- Various lectures on labor and employment law
- Business Review's Forty Under 40, 2008 Recipient
- Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating
- Strathmore's Who's Who, Member
- Named a Super Lawyer in the 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018 Upstate New York edition of Super Lawyers Magazine for Business Litigation.
- Named to "Top Attorneys in Upstate New York" by Hudson Valley Magazine, September 2018 edition.