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Scott Michael Peterson

Employment and labor Attorney at Saratoga Springs, NY

4.6   17 reviews
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2005
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Scott

Learn Scott’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Employment and labor
    Represnting plaintiffs in age/race/sex/disability/religion discrimination; Family and Medical Leave Act; Non-compete and non-solicitation agreements; severance agreements; whistleblower and qui tam actions. Representing employers in Department of Labor and Federal investigations.

    19 years

  2. Personal injury
    Representing plaintiffs in automobile accident, construction site accident, labor law, product defects, animal attacks, dog bites, malpractice, slip, trip fall, premises liability, general negligence.

    19 years

  3. Nursing home abuse and neglect

    19 years

  4. Medical malpractice

    19 years

Scott Peterson founded D’Orazio Peterson, LLP to provide representation to individuals in employment and serious injury matters.


Scott attended Albany Law School, where he served as a Managing Editor on the Albany Law Journal of Science and Technology. Prior to opening his own firm, he worked for two Albany-based law firms, where he focused his practice on litigation in the areas of construction, medical malpractice, employment law and serious injury cases.


In addition to providing frequent legal commentary for local and national media outlets, Mr. Peterson has also been published in the New York Law Journal as well as elsewhere, and has represented plaintiffs in both the State and Federal courts throughout New York State. He current writes an “Employment Litigation” column for the Saratoga County Bar Association newsletter, and serves on the Executive Committee of the NY State Bar Association Trial Lawyers Section. In 2013, Scott was selected to the Upstate New York Super Lawyers List in the field of Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Litigation.


In his free time, Scott spends time with his family and enjoys cooking, reading, traveling and playing golf. He also enjoys giving back to his community: he is a current board member of the Saratoga Affordable Housing Group, volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region, and serves on the Executive Committee of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center Junior Committee. Finally, Scott uses his prominence in the New York legal community to speak with and educate young students about the law and their roles in society, and donates time to serve as a mock judge/advisor in local mock trials.



D'Orazio Peterson LLP
193 Lake Avenue
Saratoga Springs, NY, 12866


4.6 / 5.0
  17 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | March 6, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Peace of mind
In contacting Scott Peterson's office to discuss an employment case, I was impressed by the professionalism and immediacy with which his staff responded to my queries. Mr. Peterson called me the very next day to discuss my concerns. His objective responses to my questions gave me peace of mind. You can't put a price on peace of mind. I would definitely refer him to others.
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Posted by anonymous | April 26, 2015
Very helpful!
I worked with Scott several years ago on a personal case and he was very helpful and knowledgable regarding my situation. He gave me excellent advice and was very responsive to my needs as a client, often calling or emailing me back on his off hours. He helped me gain the confidence I needed to pursue my case and got me the most out of it. I would recommend him to anyone in need of an attorney.
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Posted by Liz | April 24, 2015
Excellent Attorney
My daughter and I were in a car accident where the other driver was at fault and Scott took excellent care of our claim and got us the best settlement. He took care of the insurance companies and everything else. Highly recommended.
Posted by Tim | April 23, 2015
An honest hardworking firm
Took my case for a very resonable fee and did a great job. My case was very complicated and Scott handled things very well. I got the results I was looking for and Scott Peterson helped me get them.
Posted by Leslie | April 21, 2015
Great job!
Scott Peterson did a great job of helping me with my case from start to finish. He was quick to return messages and emails, he was a good listener, he made things easy for me and he worked hard. I definitely recommend him.
Posted by Rob | April 20, 2015
Scott Peterson did an outstanding job representing me on a difficult case. He always kept me informed of what was going on and was very knowledgeable. He always answered any questions promptly and it was very good to always communicate directly with him.
Posted by anonymous | April 20, 2015
Labor Law Expert
I was very satisfied with the council given by Scott Peterson in a recent Labor Law suit. Scott is knowledge and his professional advisement gave me a sense of security in an area of law that I was not at all comfortable with. I would highly recommend him and his firm to anyone needing this type of assistance.
Posted by Tim | April 20, 2015
Scott has helped me on a couple of occasions, both times in contract litigation matters. Scott was a very quick study, picking up the nuances of the cases and dissecting their important components in short order. He communicated well with me the best steps to proceed on and the appropriate timing. These were two very different cases and from opposite sides of the courtroom, but in both cases we prevailed fully and completely. I would fully endorse him and wouldn’t hesitate to call him if the need should arise (though I hope it doesn’t)!
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Posted by Kathy | April 17, 2015
I can't say enough great things about Scott Peterson!! Scott stood by me from day one. He only had my well being in mind win or lose (of course we won!!) our situation was a David vs Galiath and "david" won!! I tell everyone and anyone to talk to Scott before you make any move!!
Posted by Jill | April 17, 2015
Scott has been our lawyer for years- Excellent Counsel
We have utilized Scott for the past 5 years for all our small business HR related needs. He is knowledgeable and provides excellent advice. He is responsive and follows through at every juncture. We trust him completely and will continue to use him as long as we are business owners. We give Scott our highest recommendation.
Posted by Barbatra | April 15, 2015
won settlement
After a serious fall at a business property I was getting no where with the property owners and their insurance company. Scott was able to secure a settlement for me. He worked hard to defeat the other sides request for dismissal and kept the case going to a satisfactory conclusion. He quickly answered all my questions and responded promptly to any phone calls or emails. I always knew I could communicate directly with him and felt confident that my case was in good hands
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Posted by don | April 15, 2015
I could not be happier
Scott does an amazing job, he always kept me informed with every detail "A very difficult case and trial"Scott Peterson gets results!!!!!!
Posted by Kathy, Troy, NY | August 26, 2014
Excellent Attorney
I was so lucky to have Scott Peterson as my attorney for a medical malpractice case. He was totally on the ball during every aspect of my case. I will be highly recommending him to anyone in need of legal help!
Posted by anonymous | June 9, 2013
The Right Lawyer for the job! A credit to his profession!
My case is obviously political. My Line of Duty injury will define me for the remaining days of my life. I was about to be bullied over and crushed as a nobody but the truth always comes out, Scott watches and informs his clients with maturity. i believe in hiring anyone to represent you has a great reflection on your personal judgement. I'm lucky I found Scott and I would fully recommend him to any of my Brothers & Sisters in Law Enforcement.
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Posted by Dawn | May 1, 2015
Good review for Scott Peterson
Scott was extremely knowledgeable and professional during the time that he represented me. He is very sharp and was very truthful with me from the beginning of my case to the end.
Posted by anonymous | April 20, 2015
Labor and Workplace Dispute
Scott Peterson and his collegue Giovanna D'Orazio assisted me in a labor dispute (discrimination) against a large national company. Both Scott and Giovanna were tremendously helpful regarding my complaint and exercised good judgement and counsel. They asked questions regarding my case and cited cases that were similar to my own, but always giving expert advice around realistic expectations and undertaking the best course of action. Those seeking advice and counsel in the areas of employment and labor law should not hesitate to contact Scott and his team!
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Posted by Tina Murray | February 18, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
No follow through
Had to give a star to provide a review, would have given no star. Called them about an employment issue, was looking to hire him. Scott listened to me, explained the process, had me fill out a questionnaire and said he would get back to me by the end of the day. Heard absolutely nothing. I called at the end of the day and was told he would be returning my call. I didn't realize it would be a MONTH later!! Stay away, found another attorney the next day and the issue is already resolved.
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Response from Scott Peterson February 19, 2016
First, let me personally apologize for the negative experience that you had with our firm. We receive many calls from individuals, and try very hard to give everyone who calls a positive experience from beginning to end. Because we take feedback and our reputation very seriously we have investigated your situation and your statement that you did not receive a phone call back for over a month. Our firm keeps a comprehensive database of all calls received and communications sent to potential clients. Our records indicate that you contacted the firm on January 20, 2016 and spoke with our assistant. After the initial call you were forwarded a questionnaire as well as a free copy of our book discussing common problems in the workplace. Please note that absent impending time deadlines there is always a brief turn around period to allow our firm time to review the questionnaire, consider any potential legal issues and perform a conflict of interest check. Our records indicate that our assistant contacted you on January 29, 2016 in order to schedule a follow up consultation. At that time you told him that you had already retained another attorney to handle your situation. We certainly apologize for the nine day turn around in this instance. Such a delay is both unusual and inexcusable. We are happy to hear that you were able to get your situation resolved.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 175-225 per hour
  • Contingency 20%-33%
  • Pro bono 5 %
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • D'Orazio Peterson LLP
  • 2011 - Present
  • Partner - Litigation
  • Tully Rinckey PLLC
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Attorney
  • Napierski, VanDenburgh & Napierski, LLP
  • 2002 - 2010


  • Albany Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • State University of New York, College at Potsdam
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2001

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Whistleblower retaliation
  • Jury verdict for Plaintiff
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Jury verdict for Plaintiff


  • Saratoga County Bar Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2014 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association, Trial Lawyers Section
  • Executive Committee
  • 2010 - Present
  • New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Italian
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • 40 Under 40 - Labor & Employment
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer - Plaintiff Litigation
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer - Plaintiff
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer: Personal Injury - Plaintiff
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
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  • Saratoga County Bar Association Newsletter
  • Employment Litigation Columnist
  • 2011
  • New York Law Journal
  • FRSA and FELA
  • 2010
  • Albany Times Union (Op-Ed)
  • Legislature Should Deal with Cyberbulling
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • Saratoga County Mock Trial
  • Mock Trial Judge
  • 2015
  • Lunch engagement
  • Legal Issues with Social Media
  • 2012
  • Law in Schools
  • Legal Rights to Know
  • 2012
  • Breakfast event
  • Hot Topics in Employment Law
  • 2012
  • April 2010 Seminar
  • How to Commence A Civil Lawsuit
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (7)
Endorse Scott
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. While working on opposing sides of a matter Scott was fair to deal with while also representing his client zealously. It was obvious that his client's well-being was paramount."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott is a tireless advocate for his clients and I would recommend using him without hesitation. He has become the go to Labor and Employment lawyer in the Capital Region."
Employment and labor Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott knows a ton about employment law and is very easy to speak to. He has a number of great videos at his website. He'll tell you whether or not you have a claim and, if so, whether or not you really need a lawyer. You can trust him to work with you to get a strategy that is right for your life"
Unknown Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Scott is a highly competent attorney, who is well respected in the local community. I have referred several clients to him over the years, including my own friends and family, who report that they are treated with the professionalism, respect, and individual attention that they were looking for from counsel."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott provides highly personalized and professional advice and guidance to his clients. This, coupled with his significant experience, makes him an excellent attorney for those individuals who have incurred a personal injury and who need legal representation."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jun 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott is a highly skilled and knowledgeable attorney who I've known for 10 years. I've trusted Scott as an attorney to whom I can refer a case, and potential clients should trust him too -- he's a class act."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Scott is an expert in employment law and plaintiff's personal injury matters. He is smart, hard working, and achieves superior results for his clients. I have referred many of my clients to Scott for employment law issues and would not hesitate to send clients or others to him for representation. Plainly put, his clients are lucky they have chosen Scott to be their attorney."
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