R. Scott Norman is an experienced litigator and a member of the Construction, Commercial Litigation, Employment Law, and Real Estate practice groups. He has a diverse national practice representing and counseling businesses and individuals on a wide variety of commercial and construction disputes, contract negotiations, employment counseling and disputes, risk management, and complex litigation in state and federal courts, before arbitration panels, and before administrative agencies. Scott values building close client relationships and brings an unconditional commitment to providing his nationwide clients with prompt and strategic professional services to achieve favorable and cost-effective outcomes.
As the son of a third-generation contractor, Scott applies the hard-working values and practical experience he gained growing up on construction sites to assist contractors, suppliers, steel fabricators, and other members of the construction industry in all phases of construction. Scott regularly handles construction and design claims and litigation, payment disputes, workplace injuries and OSHA violations, mechanics’ liens and bond claims, defective construction claims, the equitable adjustment of contracts, change orders, project delays and other construction disputes. He also regularly advises clients on all construction-related contract negotiations and drafting construction documents including, upstream and downstream agreements on large-scale commercial, residential, and public projects. Prior to joining GRSM, Scott’s practice focused on defending contractors and design professionals against allegations of construction defects and professional negligence involving small and complex commercial and residential projects.
Scott also handles real estate litigation matters of every type and scope, including CEQA litigation, the prosecution and defense of unlawful detainer actions, breach of lease actions, easement disputes, boundary disputes, wrongful eviction actions, reformation actions, purchase and sale agreement disputes, land use disputes, and actions brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
In addition to his construction and real estate practices, Scott advises businesses and construction-industry clients regarding numerous labor and employment issues, including the creation and implementation of employment handbooks and policies, internal workplace investigations, engagement of independent contractors, terminations, compliance with wage and hour laws, and other general employee-employer relations. He successfully defends clients against Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, and various other federal and state law claims. Additionally, Scott advises regarding non-competition and non-solicitation matters, employment agreements, separation agreements, and other transactional employment-related issues.
Scott’s diverse practice has allowed him to develop substantial experience managing and resolving a wide range of commercial litigation matters, including personal injury, civil rights, defamation, trade secret misappropriation, unfair competition and consumer legal remedies, fraud, contract disputes, contractual indemnity, and other complex litigation issues. His knowledge of commercial law makes him a versatile and effective litigator and advocate.
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
- U.S. District Court, Western and Eastern Districts of Kentucky
- American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry
- California Bar Association
- Kentucky Bar Association, Sections on Construction & Public Contract Law (Chair 2020 – 2021), Labor & Employment Law, and Real Property Law
- Louisville Bar Association, Section on Labor & Employment Law
Prior to practicing in Louisville, Scott served as a volunteer attorney handling guardianship matters for the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program. He also frequently represented low income residents and members of the homeless community in San Diego in several significant civil rights matters on an individual and class-wide basis. In two notable cases, Scott successfully defended a local church’s First Amendment right to practice its religion by feeding the homeless on its premises, and served as co-counsel with the ACLU on a successful federal class action lawsuit brought on behalf of homeless people for the confiscation and destruction of their personal property.