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Scott Blake serves as outside general counsel to a wide range of businesses and business owners.  He frequently provides advice and counsel to businesses on employment law issues, including the FMLA, ADA, FLSA, and discrimination statutes, drafting employment handbooks, workplace policies, and employment agreements, and investigating and disciplining employees.  He also works with clients in drafting and negotiating executive compensation agreements and non-compete agreements so that his clients’ customer relationships, confidential information, trade secrets, and business interests are adequately protected.

While Scott’s goal is to provide advice that keeps his clients out of lawsuits, he also has the experience and expertise necessary to zealously advocate for his clients in the courtroom.  His litigation experience includes defending companies in employment-related claims, non-compete and trade secret claims, and other commercial and business disputes.  He also has extensive experience representing business owners in shareholder disputes and has demonstrated an ability to find effective and pragmatic ways for his clients to separate themselves from business partners when necessary.


Practice Areas

  • Employment Advice and Counsel
  • Employment Litigation
  • Non-Compete and Trade Secret Litigation
  • Business Litigation
  • Commercial and Residential Property Disputes

Professional Certifications, Awards and Designations

  • Named a Rising Star by Minnesota Super Lawyers® 2018-2021

Bar Admission

  • Minnesota, 2013
  • Illinois, 2011
  • U.S. District Court, Minnesota, 2014
  • U.S. District Court, Illinois, 2011

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association

Education

  • J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, cum laude, 2011
  • B.A., Miami University, Anthropology & Political Science, magna cum laude, 2005


Scott D. Blake

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Articles and Presentations

  • “Crackdown on Non-Competes – What’s Changed and What Hasn’t for Offer Letters, Severance Agreements, Settlement Agreements & Standalone Restrictive Covenants,” November 16, 2023
  • “Paid FMLA, Paid Sick Leave and Other Legislative Updates,” October 6, 2023
  • Worker Compensation & Accommodation for Injured Workers, When is Enough, Enough?,” March 16, 2023
  • “Best Practices for Managing a Remote Workplace,” Felhaber Larson Labor & Employment Seminar, November 4, 2022
  • “The Guy Just Creeps Me Out,” Felhaber Larson Labor & Employment Seminar, November 4, 2022
  • “Workplace Investigations: When and How to Start the Investigation and What to do With the Results,” March 8, 2022
  • “Leave as a Reasonable Accommodation Under the ADA, How Long is Too Long?,” March 8, 2022
  • “ADA, FMLA, & Paid Sick Leave: Reviewing your Paid Leave Policies,” Felhaber Larson Labor & Employment Seminar, November 12, 2021
  • “Documentation, Discipline, and Discharge: A Practical Guide to Employee Discipline,” October 13, 2021
  • “Remote and Hybrid Working Benefits and Liabilities,” September 29, 2021
  • “Handling Employment Issues & Questions Unique to Churches and Other Religious Organizations,” Minnesota CLE, August 17, 2021
  • “Update on COVID-19 Workplace Issues,” June 3, 2021
  • “Politics in the Workplace 2021 – Social Media Policies, BLM, Q-Anon, and Beyond,” Felhaber Larson Labor & Employment Seminar, April 23, 2021
  • “Best Practices for Hiring and Managing Employees,” March 16, 2021
  • “Safely and Successfully Reopening Your Business During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” February 2021
  • “COVID-19 & Returning to the Office,” Felhaber Larson Labor & Employment Seminar, December 4, 2020
  • “The Tenant Isn’t Paying – Unlawful Detainer and Collection Practice in Troubled Times,” Minnesota CLE Real Estate Institute, October 2020
  • “OSHA Reporting Requirements: When and What to Report,” March 12, 2020
  • “Non-Competes on Tap,” Felhaber Larson Seminar, September 2019
  • “Responding to a Cybersecurity Incident,” June 11, 2019
  • “How to Plan & Properly Implement a Reduction in Force,” March 19, 2019
  • Edina Rotary Club
  • Member of Board of Directors, JCS Affective Sober Living

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