- Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D., 2003
- Alma College, B.A. 2000
- District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Appeals
- Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Courts
- Eastern District of Michigan
- Western District of Michigan
- Northern District of Illinois
Scott Eldridge focuses his practice on employment litigation defense and compliance matters involving discrimination, harassment, and whistleblower claims, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act (USERRA), the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (GINA), and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). He represents universities/colleges, municipalities, non-profit organizations, government contractors, and commercial enterprises.
Scott also regularly handles governmental, Michigan Constitution, election law, and commercial litigation matters before state and federal courts and administrative tribunals. His experience also extends to representing clients regularly in the Michigan Court of Appeals and Michigan Supreme Court.
Prior to joining Miller Canfield, Scott served as an attorney-advisor for the Office of Administrative Law Judges in the U.S. Department of Labor (2003-2006).
- Athletic Association Breach of Contract Litigation
Successfully defended athletic association in trial court and court of appeals against breach of contract claims by client’s former vendor seeking millions of dollars in alleged damages.
- Automotive Company Age Discrimination Defense
Successfully obtained dismissal (by motion) of age discrimination case on behalf of Fortune 500 auto manufacturer.
- Museum Multi-plaintiff ERISA Defense
Successfully defended a multi-plaintiff claim of interference and retaliation under ERISA filed by former employees against a large Chicago-based museum. After numerous depositions and significant discovery, the court granted summary judgment in favor of the museum, dismissing the case with prejudice.
- Insurance Company Harassment Claim
In one of the first cases in Michigan addressing the preservation of electronic evidence, successfully moved to dismiss a former employee's same-gender harassment claim against a Michigan insurance company based on his deletion of mass amounts of electronic files from his personal computer during discovery. On appeal, the Court of Appeals affirmed the lower court's dismissal.
- Debt Collection Company Defense
Successfully defended one of the nation's leading debt collection companies in a case filed by a debtor-plaintiff. The court granted summary judgment on the merits and, in the alternative, dismissed the case as a sanction based on the debtor-plaintiff having manufactured evidence.
- Hospital FMLA Defense
Obtained summary judgment from federal district court on behalf of a local hospital in an FMLA lawsuit filed by a nurse. The court concluded that the plaintiff was not entitled to the rights to which she laid claim. The matter is pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
- District Court Judge Election Law Defense
Successfully defended a Michigan Judge's right to retain her "incumbent" status on the primary election ballot.
- Police Department Harassment Defense
Successfully obtained summary judgment in federal court on behalf of a municipal police department accused of sexual harassment. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit affirmed summary judgment in favor of the police department on appeal.
- County Clerk Election Law Defense
Successfully defended a county clerk's decision to place a candidate for the State House of Representatives on the general election ballot. The plaintiff, a candidate for the State House, challenged another candidate's residency and sued the county clerk to have him removed from the ballot. The court dismissed the plaintiff's challenge after motions and lengthy oral argument, thus approving the county clerk's ballot.
- American Bar Association
- State Bar of Michigan, Labor & Employment Law Section
- Ingham County Bar Association
- Greater Lansing SHRM, Board Member
- Michigan State Chamber of Commerce, Health Policy and Human Resources Committee
Honors + Awards
- Michigan Super Lawyers, Employment Litigation Defense, Rising Star 2008, 2011-present
- Lansing Community Newspapers, 2011 People’s Choice Awards, Favorite Lawyer
Civic, Cultural + Social Activities
- Highfields, Inc., former Board Member, Chair
"Employment Law Handbook:A Guide for Michigan Employers" (editor), Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Annually
"Hot Topics in Labor and Employment Law: Are Your Policies Keeping Up?," Greater Lansing SHRM Annual Employment Law Seminar, 2013
"FMLA & GINA Compliance: Tips for Curbing Employee Abuse of Intermittent Leave and Avoiding Violations," MI-SHRM Annual Conference, 2013
“Managing Employees on FMLA Leave,” Michigan School Business Officials Annual Conference, 2013
“Managing Intermittent FMLA Use,” Capital Healthcare & Employment Council meeting, 2013
“Curbing FMLA Abuse,” Michigan Government Financial Officers Association, Annual Advanced Payroll Seminar, 2013
"New Laws and Pending Legislation Affecting HR Professionals," Human Resources Management Association of Mid-Michigan Annual Employment Law Seminar, 2010
"Primer on FMLA Compliance," Michigan Manufacturers Association, 2010
"FMLA Compliance," Genesee Area Human Resources Association, 2009
"Managing HR in Tough Economic Times, Human Resources Management Association of Mid-Michigan Annual Employment Law Seminar, 2009
"Personnel Files and Document Retention Policies, Genesee Area Human Resources Association, 2008
"Proposed FMLA Regulations," Human Resources Management Association of Mid-Michigan Annual Employment Law Seminar, 2008
Seminars + Events
- An Intoxicating Legal Update for Licensed Beverage Manufacturers
- 2013 HR Spring Training
- 2012 HR Spring Training Seminar
- Hottest Topics in Labor/Employment Law: Are Your Workplace Policies Keeping Up?
- 2011 HR Spring Training Seminar
- HRMAMM Legal Seminar
- Employers Take Note: FMLA and ADA Changes + Clarifications
- 2010 Annual Employment Law Seminar
- HRMAMM Educational Seminar
- Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar
- HRMAMM Employment Law Seminar