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What is Management Law?

In my labor and employment law practice, I only represent employers–I’m a Management Lawyer. Employees are a great asset, but they have to be managed. With a host of laws and regulations that affect the employment relationship, that is not always an easy task. Whether in taking precautions before problems occur or dealing with them when they do, my goal is to work with you to obtain the best outcome for your organization.

You can get a better sense of my approach through my recent book, New York Management Law: The Practical Guide to Employment Law for Business Owners and Managers.

My Experience:

After five years as a partner (and six before that as an associate) in a large law firm with an office in downtown Buffalo, I have started my own practice based in the Western New York Southtowns. This gives me greater flexibility to meet client needs while participating in community activities that are important to me, such as coaching youth baseball and watching my son and daughter play soccer.

With more than a decade of experience advising over 350 employers, I have dealt with many employee problems. I have also developed numerous efficient and effective solutions to routine employment matters.

Scott Horton,, Esq. - Management Lawyer

Areas of Practice:

Here are some of the areas I can help you tackle:

  • Hiring Issues
  • Terminations, including Reductions in Force
  • Discrimination Claims
  • Union grievances, negotiations, and elections
  • Overtime Classification and Calculation
  • Disability Accommodations
  • Employee Leaves
  • Handbook and Policy Review
  • Supervisor Training
  • Sexual Harassment Allegations

Contact Me:

Scott P. Horton
Horton Law PLLC
4955 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Suite 203
Orchard Park, NY  14127

(716) 508-7748

Industries Served:

I represent private employers across industries such as manufacturing, health care, professional services, and not-for-profit agencies. I also advise public employers, including municipalities, school districts, and public authorities.

As a dedicated management lawyer, I like to find the practical approach that will have the most favorable impact your bottom line. This often means preventing problems before they occur. But if we need to go to court to defend your business, I’ll be there. I also represent employers in arbitration, mediation, administrative hearings, and governmental investigations involving employee matters. If there’s an employment issue I can’t help with, I’ll work with you to determine who can.

Call (716-508-7748) or email me to discuss your needs and the best way for us to work together to solve them!


J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 2005

  • Virginia Law Review, editor
  • Virginia Sports & Entertainment Law Journal, executive editor

B.A., University of Virginia, 2002 (with distinction)


  • New York
  • U.S. Dist. Court for the Western District of New York
  • U.S. Dist. Court for the Northern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Second Circuit

Awards & Recognition:

  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Employment Law – Management, 2014-present
  • Super Lawyers – Upstate New York®, Employment and Labor Law, 2013-present
  • Buffalo Business First, Who’s Who in Law, 2012


  • American Bar Association – Section of Labor & Employment Law
  • New York State Bar Association – Labor & Employment Law Section
  • Bar Association of Erie County – Chair, Municipal & School Law Committee; Labor Law Committee
  • National Public Employer Labor Relations Association
  • New York State Public Employer Labor Relations Association
  • Organization of Public Employer Negotiators
  • Orchard Park Little League – Baseball Coach
  • Buffalo Zoological Society – Past President, ProZoo Board
  • Leadership Buffalo – Rising Leaders 2011

Representative Matters:

Here are some of the ways I have been able to help clients in the past:

  • Successfully defended a prominent non-profit organization in two appeals by the same former employee before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Won dismissal of a wrongful termination claim against a hospital in a federal court action that also included a breach of duty of fair representation claim against the employee’s union
  • Obtained a decision in favor of the employer following arbitration over long-time employee’s statutory claims of age discrimination and interference with protected employment retirement rights
  • Successfully represented a manufacturing company in a New York State Division of Human Rights hearing, obtaining dismissal of a former employee’s race and religion discrimination claims
  • Obtained discharge of a teacher as the remedy for misconduct towards students following an Education Law § 3020-a hearing
  • Achieved dismissal of a former employee’s Article 78 state court proceeding challenging a school district’s elimination of his position
  • Secured dismissal by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York of a former employee’s race and sex discrimination claims against a large hospitality company
  • Won summary judgment from a New York State Supreme Court confirming that a municipality was not bound by an employment contract beyond the term of its elected board
  • Obtained a favorable decision from a Public Employer Relations Board Administrative Law Judge holding that a public authority did not have an obligation to bargain over its approach to employee absences due to a significant inclement weather event

If you need a Management Lawyer call (716-508-7748) or email me.


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I welcome inquiries from media seeking comment from a Management Lawyer on labor and employment matters of general interest. Call (716-508-7748) or email me to arrange an interview.