Scott S. Cairns

Scott S. Cairns, Mediator / Arbitrator

Daytona Beach, Florida 32114


Commercial, Contract, Discrimination, Employment, Personal Injury, Product Liability, Sexual Harassment, Wage and Hour, Workplace, Wrongful Death

Scott is a certified circuit court mediator for the Florida Supreme Court and a certified mediator for the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Before devoting his practice entirely to mediation, Scott was a partner with McGuireWoods LLP. For more than 38 years, he represented clients in a broad range of cases, often involving sensitive and high profile issues. His litigation experience  involved a wide variety of matters, including employment, tort, and commercial litigation in trial and appellate courts across the United States. He has been recognized by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America survey and was named to "Florida Super Lawyers."

Scott has extensive experience in discrimination and harassment cases under federal and state laws. He represented public employers litigating Constitutional issues. He handled class actions under Rule 23 and opt-in claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act. He litigated a variety of commercial litigation matters including theft of trade secrets, breach of non-competition agreements, shareholder and partnership litigation involving claims of breaches of fiduciary duty and other corporate governance issues, fraud in the sale of real property and securities, insurance coverage, and other contract issues. Scott counseled clients in high-exposure toxic tort, product liability and personal injury matters and has litigation and trial experience in these matters across the country.

He counseled clients concerning issues associated with their mergers, acquisitions and layoffs; the drafting of employment agreements, non-competition agreements and related employment policies; as well as investigation of sexual harassment claims. He also counseled on traditional labor issues under both the National Labor Relations Act and the Railway Labor Act, such as union campaigns, contract negotiations, labor disputes and defense of unfair labor practice charges.



Mediator, Cairns ADR

Partner, McGuire Woods LLP 1981-2019

University of Virginia, J.D. 1981  

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation - Labor & Employment, Woodward/White, Inc., 2006-2020

Named a "Best Lawyer," Jacksonville Magazine, 2013

Named a "Leader in the Field," Employment (Foreign Expert), Chambers Global, 2013

Named a "Leader in the Field," Litigation (Experts Based Abroad), Chambers Global, 2013

Named to "Florida Super Lawyers," Employment & Labor, Business Litigation, Employee Benefits/ERISA, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2006-2019

AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

We have excellent space for conducting mediations in our office at:

Bank of America Tower

50 North Laura Street, Suite 3300

Jacksonville, FL 32202-3661

T: +1 904 571-5603

 E: [email protected] 


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Description: Co-author, A World of Difference, HR Director, October 2012 Co-author, "Restrictive covenants in the U.S. or UK: What's the difference?," Thomson Reuters, August 23, 2012