Scott A. Golden Associate




Scott Golden is a civil litigator with more than 10 years of experience in several areas of focus, including labor and employment, government regulatory, health care, civil rights, tort and general civil litigation. He is an effective counselor with the ability to consistently resolve complex legal issues.

Prior to joining Wilson Elser, Scott was an Assistant State’s Attorney in the Civil Actions Bureau of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office where he practiced in the Complex Litigation Unit, a small, specialized practice group that represented Cook County and its elected officials and employees in high-profile, complex litigation in federal court, state court, administrative hearings and arbitrations. In that position, Scott served as a first-chair advocate for his clients and was engaged in all aspects of the litigation process with an emphasis on labor and employment and civil rights matters.

Prior to joining the State’s Attorney’s Office, Scott honed his skills in the area of labor and employment as labor counsel for the Cook County Bureau of Human Resources. There, Scott served as the lead in-house attorney for Cook County in labor grievance arbitrations. He also provided legal and strategic advice to management on policies and practices and on labor relations issues.

In addition, Scott has extensive experience in the areas of government regulatory and health care law, having served as a prosecutor at the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. In that role, Scott was the State of Illinois’s designated prosecutor for matters related to Illinois-licensed pharmacies, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and wholesale drug distributors. Scott also was involved in the licensure prosecution of other health care providers, including doctors, nurses and dentists. Scott also assisted in drafting policy-related amendments to state regulatory rules and coordinated with federal and state authorities, including the DEA, the FBI and the United States Attorney’s Office.

During law school, Scott served as a summer judicial extern for the Honorable Virginia M. Kendall, U.S. District Court, N.D. Illinois, and for the Honorable Lee Preston (ret.), Cook County Circuit Court, Law Division.

Representative Matters

Sample Engagements / Litigation Success
Represented the Cook County Sheriff’s Office in a case in which a police sergeant pursued claims of discrimination and retaliation under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Successful adjudication via motion for summary judgment on the basis that the evidence adduced in discovery failed to support the plaintiff’s claims and instead supported that the defendant had reasonably accommodated the plaintiff’s disability.

Acted as lead counsel representing a large public agency and several individual defendants in a federal lawsuit in which the plaintiff claims that he was terminated based on his political affiliation and race. Handled extensive and complex discovery practice involving thousands of pages of documents and significant written and oral discovery

Represented the Cook County Assessor’s Office and the Office of the Cook County Recorder of Deeds in regard to the federal decree prohibiting employment actions based on impermissible political factors (Shakman, et al. v. Democratic Organization of Cook County, et al., N.D. Ill). Also served as lead counsel for all arbitrations pursued by individuals under the Supplemental Relief Orders for Cook County offices subject to federal monitoring in the case.

Published & Reported Decisions
Calabrese v. Foxx, et al., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 190385 (N.D. Ill. Nov. 17, 2017) (dismissing suit against the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and three Assistant State’s Attorneys with prejudice relating to the plaintiff’s civil rights claims in connection with his arrest, prosecution and conviction for violating an order of protection; Court found that the plaintiff’s claims were barred for reasons including that the prosecutors were entitled to absolute immunity, that the Court lacked subject matter jurisdiction, and that certain claims were barred pursuant to the Supreme Court case of Heck v. Humphrey).

Santos-Mean v. Sheriff’s Office of Cook County, 2016 U.S. Dist. Lexis 144649 (N.D. Ill. Oct. 19, 2016) (granting summary judgment on behalf of Cook County Sheriff’s Office with regard to claims by a police sergeant of discrimination and retaliation under the Americans with Disabilities Act; Court found the Sheriff’s Office offered reasonable accommodations and that there was no evidence of discrimination/ retaliation from which a reasonable jury could assign liability).

Roberts v. Bailey, et al., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 122190 (N.D. Ill. Sept. 14, 2015) (granting summary judgment on behalf of three Cook County Sheriff’s Correctional Officers with regard to claims that they were deliberately indifferent to the plaintiff’s serious medical condition; Court found that there was no evidence the plaintiff suffered from an objectively serious medical condition or that the officers acted with requisite state of mind).

Albitar v. Taylor, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 87368 (N.D. Ill. July 6, 2015) (granting summary judgment for a counselor at the Cook County Department of Corrections alleged to have been deliberately indifferent to the plaintiff’s medical and dental needs; the Court found that no reasonable jury could have found that the counselor was deliberately indifferent to the plaintiff’s medical conditions).

Neita v. Calendriello, et al., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 154484 (N.D. October 30, 2014) (granting motion to dismiss for assistant state’s attorney who was accused of maliciously prosecuting the plaintiff; the Court found that claims against the prosecutor were barred by absolute immunity).