Scott Gilbert

Scott Gilbert counsels his clients during critical moments of the employment relationship. Whether clients need to create a strategy related to a reduction in force, or understand the application of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Scott helps clients identify and evaluate risk factors in order to minimize liability.  Scott regularly advises clients on matters related to restrictive covenants from both the enforcement and defensive perspectives.  He also advises clients in all facets of employment litigation, from discrimination claims before the Illinois Department of Human Rights and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, through the federal and state courts. Scott also represents employers in traditional labor disputes before the National Labor Relations Board, employee dismissal hearings and arbitrations, and wage and hour issues before the United States and Illinois Departments of Labor.


  • Ranked in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Labor & Employment (Illinois), 2016 - 2017
  • Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, Employment Litigation: Defense, 2013, 2015
  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law Adjunct Faculty
    • Advanced Writing for Civil Litigation, 2008-2013
    • Labor Law, 2010, 2013


  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association



Polsinelli is an Am Law 100 firm with more than 900 attorneys in 21 offices nationwide. Recognized by legal research firm BTI Consulting as one of the top firms for excellent client service and client relationships, the firm’s attorneys provide value through practical legal counsel infused with business insight, and focus on health care, financial services, real estate, intellectual property, middle-market corporate, labor and employment and business litigation.

In 1972 Jim Polsinelli and colleagues formed the firm to serve business and real estate clients in a small office in the historic Country Club Plaza District in Kansas City, Missouri. The firm has continued to see impressive growth over its 40+ year history with expanding practice areas and office additions, most recently in Miami. The addition of these offices is part of our strategic plan to better serve the increasing needs of our clients.

We strive to align our services to our clients' business goals. Doing so has allowed us to attract experienced attorneys across the country seeking a platform best suited to their clients' priorities. With our firm’s concentration of presence in lower-overhead markets, we are able to offer more comprehensive services than local or regional firms and more competitive overall cost than national firms concentrated in higher cost markets.

Our experience is organized logically around our clients' needs.



  • Antitrust
  • Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring
  • Corporate and Transactional
  • Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation
  • Environmental and Natural Resources
  • Financial Services
  • Food and Drug
  • Global Franchise and Supply Network
  • Government Contracts
  • Government Investigations
  • Health Care Services
  • Immigration
  • Infrastructure and Public-Private Partnerships
  • Intellectual Property
  • International
  • Labor and Employment
  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Privacy and Cybersecurity
  • Pro Bono
  • Public Policy
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Real Estate Services
  • Securities and Corporate Finance
  • Tax
  • Technology Transactions
  • Wealth Planning and Estate Administration


  • Chemical Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Energy and Utilities
  • Family Owned Business
  • Financial Services Industry
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Health Care Industry
  • Insurance Business and Regulatory Law
  • Life Sciences
  • Mobility and Vehicle Use
  • Professional Services
  • Real Estate Industry
  • Sports
  • Technology
  • Telecommunications
  • Transportation & Logistics



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