Scott E. Wray Shareholder
Scott Wray joined Hall Estill in 2019 and is a shareholder in the firm's Northwest Arkansas office where his practice covers a full range of legal services. As a native of Northwest Arkansas, he has seen the emergence of the area from modest beginnings into one of the country's most dynamic economic regions. During his legal career, which spans more than two decades, Scott has had the opportunity to provide legal services to individuals and businesses, ranging from closely held to Fortune 500 companies, throughout the Northwest Arkansas area and beyond. Scott has an individual AV peer review from Martindale-Hubbell and is an experienced and accomplished business lawyer who has successfully represented clients in numerous matters, including commercial transactions, litigation in state and federal courts and agencies, as well as in arbitrations, and has participated in multiple informal dispute resolutions.
In the performance of providing legal services to his clients, Scott has been entrusted with the privilege to act as a virtual general counsel with an opportunity to advise clients on multiple issues. In doing so, Scott helps to guide his clients on day-to-day and long-term strategic business issues and transactions. His representation includes entity creation and governance, internal investigations and event response, regulatory and compliance matters, acquisitions and dispositions of assets and equity interests, real estate transactions, and employee policy development and implementation. Scott's vast experience also includes drafting employment contracts, commercial and residential leases, non-compete agreements, non-disclosure agreements and construction contracts. He also has extensive involvement in construction-related litigation, defending employment discrimination charges, wage and hour disputes, wrongful discharge claims, and civil rights cases before federal and state courts, as well as before the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
A representation of Scott's transactional and litigation experience includes:
- Argued successfully before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals regarding improper application by opposing party of arbitration provision.
- Obtained jury trial defense verdict in admitted negligence motor vehicle accident.
- Served as seller's counsel in clearing significant title issue and sale of real estate development for multi-family residential use.
- Obtained directed verdict in jury trial on behalf of local medical care facility employer regarding an employee's wrongful discharge claim.
- Served as seller's counsel for asset sale of multi-million dollar turkey production facilities.
- Argued successfully for dismissal of putative class action case pursued under allege violations of Arkansas Usury Law, Uniform Commercial Code, Truth in Lending Act, Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.
- Served as buyer's counsel for asset purchase of multi-million dollar sale of chicken production and processing facility.
- Represented employer against putative class action claims pursued by United States Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") regarding systemic violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act concluding with the negotiated Conciliation Agreement with compensation significantly below the damages alleged by the EEOC.
- Successfully defended employers at trial level and appellate level, including respective Supreme Courts, in Arkansas and Oklahoma regarding work related injury claims.
- Served as buyer's counsel for purchase of assets for popular women's fashion retail operations.
- Obtained dismissal in favor of defendant food vendor of federal case alleging violations of Civil Rights under 42 U.S.C. Section 1983 and Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act.
- Served as counsel for developer of large scale commercial retail shopping center.
- Obtained summary judgment and dismissal in favor of real estate agent regarding fraud and misrepresentation claims of home buyer.
- Represented employer in Fair Labor Standards Act litigation pursued by the United States Department of Labor ("DOL") and helped to obtain resolution of matter for less than half of damages claimed by DOL.
- Represented respondent construction company in arbitration resulting in award for less than 3% of damages alleged by petitioner.
- Successfully argued on behalf of employer for summary judgment and dismissal regarding employee's defamation and false light claims.
University of Arkansas School of Law
- Member, Phi Delta Phi
- University of Arkansas (B.S.B.A. in Financial Management, 1993)
- Arkansas, 1996
- Oklahoma, 1997
- U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
- 2019-Present Hall Estill
- 1996-2019 Bassett Law Firm
- Oklahoma Bar Association
- Arkansas Bar Association
- Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Alumni Advisor, Board of Governance
- Past Member, Board of Trustees, The New School
- Past Member, Fundraising Committee, Fayetteville Boys and Girls Club