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Scott Cruz

Senior Counsel


130 E. Randolph St.
Suite 3900
Chicago, IL 60601
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Fax: 312.985.5588
Practice Areas
Labor & Employment
Areas of Emphasis
Alternative Dispute ResolutionClass Action LitigationEmployee Handbook/Personnel Policy Manual ComplianceEmployment CounselingEmployment DiscriminationEmployment LitigationEmployment Training/SeminarsEqual Employment Opportunity LawERISA LitigationUnfair Labor Practice ChargesWage & Hour Matters
Automotive & ManufacturingConstructionEducationFood, Beverage & HospitalityHealth CareRetail
J.D., University of Illinois College of Law, Urbana, Illinois, 2002
B.A., cum laude, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1999
State Bar Licenses
Illinois State Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association
Alivio Medical Center, Board of Directors
1871, Mentor

Scott Cruz

Senior Counsel

Scott represents both public and private sector employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including civil litigation and preventative counseling. He not only assists employers in drafting employment policies, employment agreements, and non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, but helps companies enforce their non-competition and non-solicitation agreements and helps protects their trade secrets, proprietary information, customer relationships, investments in talent, and other valuable assets. Scott represents employers in state and federal courts and administrative agencies involving claims brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, retaliatory discharge, breach of contract, labor arbitration and class actions. Scott is particularly versed in all aspects of state and federal law relating to minimum wages, overtime, exemptions, and wage payment issues. Scott provides management and employee training on workplace legal issues, and also conducts workplace investigations and legal audits.

Scott has handled unemployment audits before the Illinois Department of Employment Security, in addition to defending unemployment compensation claims. He also has extensive civil litigation experience on behalf of educational institutions, including institutions of higher learning, and has successfully dismissed lawsuits for clients on a motion to dismiss or on summary judgment in the Circuit Courts of Cook, Will, Kane, Lake and DuPage counties.

In 2017, Scott was awarded the distinguished honor of being selected as one of the premiere “Forty under 40” Lawyers in Illinois. Recipients of this award are based on peer nominations for excellence in the legal field. Scott was also named one of the 10 Best Labor and Employment Attorneys for client satisfaction in Illinois by the American Institute of Legal Counsel.

Scott is an active member of the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association, the Illinois Restaurant Association, the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and the Chicago Latino Network. Additionally, Scott is a mentor at the 1871 incubator where he provides counsel and guidance to 1871’s members on all aspects of employment law. 

Scott is a member of the Illinois State and the Chicago Bar Associations. He has presented to clients and organizations on topics including Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations and Analyzing & Defending Unemployment Insurance Claims. Scott is on the Board of Directors of Alivio Medical Center, a not-for-profit whose mission is to increase Hispanic access to comprehensive, affordable quality health care. 

In January 2018, Scott was quoted extensively in "Business News Daily" on the topics of establishing a positve company culture and implementing a fair complaint and response protocol pertaining to sexual harrassment in the workplace.

Clark Hill Attorney Scott Cruz Appeared as Moderator for Illinois Chamber of Commerce HR Roundtable DiscussionClark Hill Attorney Scott Cruz Published in the Illinois Manufacturer Magazine, First Quarter 2018 Edition, “Sexual Harassment: Protecting Your Business and Employees”Clark Hill Attorney Scott Cruz Appeared on Business First AM to Discuss Sexual Harassment Claims and Labor Law IssuesSee More
Newsletter Alerts
To Have or Not to Have: Federal Lawmakers Seek to End Private Arbitration of Sex Harassment Claims in Arbitration AgreementsScore One for Employers: One Illinois Appellate Court’s Pre-Holiday Gift to Companies Facing Lawsuits Alleging Violations Under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy ActA Round and Round We Go . . . The Department of Labor Announces a New White Collar Exemption Rule is in the WorksSee More
WEBINAR: Defending Against Unemployment Insurance ClaimsWEBINAR: Navigating Through the Cook County Earned Sick Leave Ordinance
"Sexual Harassment: Protecting Your Business and Employees," by Scott Cruz, the Illinois Manufacturer, Winter 2018 Issue"Wrongful Workplace Conduct: How to Investigate" By Scott Cruz in the Illinois Manufacturer Spring 2017 Issue
"Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act" by Scott Cruz for the Illinois Manufacturers' Association"Cook County Paid Sick Leave Ordinances" by Scott Cruz for the Illinois Manufacturers' Association