Scott Cruz named to Crain's Chicago's Notable Minority Lawyers for 2018
Clark Hill's Scott Cruz has been named to Crain's Chicago's Notable Minority Lawyers for 2018. The honor is extended to those leading the legal profession, in Illinois and beyond. The listed attorneys, through their practices and pro bono work, are advancing the causes of justice and equality and are mentoring a diverse generation of lawyers to join them on this path. View more information on the program and full list of honorees here.
"We are honored to see Scott Cruz recognized by Chicago Business as one of Chicago’s Notable Minority Lawyers for 2018," said Earsa Jackson, Chair of Clark Hill's Diversity Committee. "We are proud to showcase our dynamic diverse legal talent. The firm is committed to building an even stronger firm through ensuring inclusion in all areas of the organization and active participation in programs that promote diversity. We are stronger together."
Scott Cruz, Senior Counsel, represents both public- and private-sector employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including civil litigation and preventive counseling. In the past two years, he has won summary judgment on a sensitive whistleblower case; avoided wage-and-hour violations for a local construction company, defeating the claim on a motion to dismiss; counseled clients to avoid or reduce liability on several personnel-related matters; negotiated a favorable reduction in a client’s restrictive covenant obligations following an employer’s threatened lawsuit; and assisted clients in defeating unemployment benefits claims before the Illinois Department of Employment Security. He is member of the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Chicago Latino Network and serves on the the board of directors of Alivio Medical Center.
Clark Hill believes in the value of diversity to the firm, the legal profession and the global business community. The firm’s core diversity initiatives include THRIVE, which focuses on the recruitment, retention, advancement and client development for ethnically diverse attorneys; BOLD, which is dedicated to removing gender-based obstacles on the path to partnership/leadership; and PRIDE, which elevates and supports LGBTQ lawyers. The strategies and initiatives of these programs work together to increase the representation of women and minorities firmwide in Clark Hill’s leadership, management and among attorneys and staff. Clark Hill partners with organizations including the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, Diverse Attorney Pipeline Program, Corporate Counsel Women of Color, Corporate Counsel Men of Color, California Minority Counsel Program and the Texas Minority Council Program.
The firm was recently honored by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) with a 2018 “Compass Award” in recognition of its support for and provision of career advancement opportunities for diverse attorneys.