Scott S. Payzant

Scott began his career in 1991 doing primarily business litigation with a focus on employment related litigation. Although he has always represented, and continues to represent, clients in litigation matters, business counseling has become the focus of his practice.

 Today, Scott counsels emerging and established companies regarding issues that impact growth and profitability, including corporate structure and governance, strategic acquisitions, joint ventures, contracting, protecting intellectual property, employment law, and dispute resolution. Scott also counsels individuals regarding executive compensation agreements, officer and director liability, shareholder rights, partnership rights, and other business matters. His experience as both a corporate counselor and business litigator helps Scott negotiate better deals and avoid or resolve problematic business disputes in a timely and cost effective manner.

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  • Mr. Payzant was lead trial counsel in the following significant cases:

    • Halvorsen v. Plato Learning, No. 05-5325 (6th Cir. Feb. 15, 2006) (Siler, Sutton, & Cook, JJ.) — Sixth Circuit affirmed district court order granting summary judgment in favor of employer on wrongful termination, wrongful death, and unlawful restraint of trade claims.
    • Wilson v. Brinker International, et al., 382 F.3d 765, 769 (8th. Cir. 2004) – Eighth Circuit affirmed district court order granting motion for judgment as a matter of law in favor of employer following jury trial of sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and retaliation claims.
    • Mayer v. Nextel West Corp., 318 F.3d 803 (8th Cir. 2003) – Eighth Circuit affirmed district court order granting summary judgment in favor of employer in age discrimination case.
    • Taylor v. R&M Manufacturing, 2002 WL 187506 (D.Minn. Jan. 23, 2002) – District Court awarded defense verdict for employer in case asserting claims of race discrimination.
    • Porus Media Corp. v. Midland Brake, Inc., 2001 WL 1631332 (D.Minn. July 18, 2001) – District court grants summary judgment in favor of client, dismissing case asserting claims for misappropriation of trade secrets.
    • Douglas-Hanson Company, Inc. v. BF Goodrich Co., 233 Wis.2d 276 (2000) – Wisconsin Supreme Court affirmed jury verdict of 2.9 million dollars.
    • State courts of California 
    • State courts of Minnesota
    • United States Supreme Court
    • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
    • Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., Central District of California
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., Eastern District of California
    • U.S. Dist. Ct, Southern District of California
    • B.A. Williams College
    • J.D. University of San Diego School of Law, cum laude, University of San Diego Law Review (Executive Editor)
    • Mounds View Youth Hockey Association Board Member (2005 -2006)
    • Mounds View Youth Hockey Association, Coach (2003 – 2005)
    • Leadership Twin Cities Graduate (2002 – 2003)
    • Leadership St. Paul Graduate (1999 – 2000)
    • Trustee, Minnesota Museum of American Art (1998 – 2001)
Scott S. Payzant, Scott Payzant

Scott S. Payzant


Telephone:  (612) 332-1030

Fax:  (612) 332 2740


Primary Areas of Practice:

Employment Law, Employer-Employee Relationships, Corporate Law.