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Scot A. Hinshaw

Scot Hinshaw

Scot's practice focuses on employment and labor law and commercial litigation, with an emphasis on:

  • Counseling clients on compliance under employment protection statutes, including the Fair Labor Standards, the National Labor Relations Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, ERISA, and other state and federal statutes.

  • Advising clients regarding best practices in reductions in force, terminations, and workplace investigations, including whistleblower, sexual harassment, and employee misconduct situations.

  • Drafting and revising employment contracts, handbooks, policies, and restrictive covenants and management policies for various industries.

  • Advising both businesses and individuals concerning non-compete, non-solicit, non-disclosure and trade secret issues, including participation in litigation to enforce and defend contractual provisions, and both statutory and common law duties.

  • Drafting and advising clients with regard to executive and independent contractor agreements.

  • Representing unionized employers in many aspects of the collective bargaining relationship, including contract interpretation, contract bargaining, grievances, arbitration and defense of unfair labor practices.

  • Providing training for human resources and management employees within various industries on ADA, FMLA, anti-discrimination statutes, personnel management, union relations and other issues.


Prior to joining Niehaus Kalas Hinshaw, Ltd., Scot practiced employment and labor law at large firms in the District of Columbia, Chicago and Detroit. His experience includes acting as first and second-chair for jury trials, injunction hearings, and labor and commercial arbitrations. Scot has also briefed and argued appeals before the District of Columbia and Sixth Circuit federal courts of appeals. He has litigated and appeared pro hac vice in numerous cases throughout the United States.

I will advocate for your rights.


  • J.D. - Georgetown University Law Center, 1999

  • B.A. - University of Maryland, 1996

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland, 1999 (inactive)

  • Illinois, 2010

  • Michigan, 2014

  • Ohio, 2016

  • US Supreme Court

  • US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

  • US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

  • US District Courts

    • Central District of Illinois

    • Eastern District of Michigan

    • Western District of Michigan

    • Northern District of Illinois (trial bar)

    • Northern District of Ohio

Professional Associations

  • Toledo Bar Association

  • Michigan Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Emerging Leaders Council, Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. - Member, 2015 to present

  • Toledo Rotary Club - Member, 2015 to present; Co-chair, New Member Committee, 2016-2017; Co-chair, Constitution Committee, 2017-2018