Kavinoky Cook LLP

R. Scott DeLuca

Senior Counsel

Kavinoky Cook LLP

Contact Information

716-845-6000, rsdeluca@kavinokycook.com


Scott is a senior counsel/litigation attorney at Kavinoky Cook LLP. Scott primarily handles labor & employment matters for private-sector businesses, public-sector employers and individuals.

Scott's practice focuses on issues relating to employment law/litigation, employee benefits, wage and hour matters, and labor relations issues. Scott advises clients and litigates issues with regard to all facets of the employer-employee relationship, including employment discrimination, wage payment requirements under Federal and State law, as well as employee benefits issues under ERISA, COBRA and HIPAA.

Scott also assists clients with matters under the Family & Medical Leave Act, disability discrimination issues under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the New York State Human Rights Law, as well as representing both public and private sector employers with regard to traditional labor relations and arbitration matters. Scott also represents clients concerning employment agreements, restrictive covenants, preparation/revision of employee handbooks, and other labor and employment-related matters.

Scott also represents clients regarding various business litigation matters, including contractual claims, defamation matters, and related business disputes.

Scott is admitted to practice in the Courts of the State of New York, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, all four Federal District Courts in New York, and the Federal District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Scott is a cum laude graduate of New York Law School, and a frequent lecturer on employment law matters. Mr. DeLuca is a member of the Board of Directors for the Historic Palace Theatre in Lockport, NY, and is a graduate of Leadership Buffalo (Class Experience- Class of 2014), and Leadership Niagara (Class of 2016).

Areas of Law and Practice

Areas of Law Areas of Practice
Civil Rights Civil Liberties, Civil Rights Defense, Civil Rights Section 1983, Disability Discrimination, Disabled Access, Disabled Rights, Discrimination, Gay and Lesbian Rights, Handicapped Rights, Human Rights, International Human Rights, Personal Rights, Race Discrimination, Reproductive Rights, Sex Discrimination, Womens Rights
Commercial Law Commercial Arbitration, Commercial Bad Faith, Commercial Constitutional Law, Commercial Fraud, Commercial Liability, Commercial Litigation, Commercial Mediation, Commercial Torts, Commercial Transactions, Complex Commercial Litigation, Secured Transactions, Uniform Commercial Code
Employee Benefits Cash Balance Plans, COBRA, Deferred Compensation, Disability Benefits, Employee Benefit Taxation, Employee Benefit Trusts, Employee Benefits Litigation, Employee Compensation, Employee Stock Ownership Plans, Employee Stock Ownership Trusts, Equity Compensation, ERISA, ERISA Class Actions, ERISA Collections, ERISA Compliance, ERISA Litigation, Executive Compensation, Executive Compensation Taxation, Flexible Benefit Plans, Fringe Benefits, Health Benefits, Multi-Employer Benefits, Multi-Employer Pensions, Non-Qualified Benefits, Pension and Profit Sharing Plans, Pension Fund Investments, Pension Plans, Pension Taxation, Profit Sharing, Public Employee Retirement, Public Pension Plans, Qualified Retirement Plans, Retirement Benefit Plans, Taft-Hartley Plans, Unemployment Compensation, Unemployment Compensation Taxation, 401(k) Plans
Labor and Employment Affirmative Action, Age Discrimination in Employment, Americans with Disabilities Act, Caregiver Discrimination, Child Labor Law, Civil Service, Collective Bargaining, Confidentiality Agreements, Covenants Not To Compete, Employee Discipline, Employee Drug Testing, Employee Leasing, Employee Privacy, Employee Rights, Employer Intentional Torts, Employer Liability, Employer Rights, Employment Arbitration, Employment at Will, Employment Breach of Contract, Employment Civil Rights, Employment Claims, Employment Class Actions, Employment Contracts, Employment Defense, Employment Disability Discrimination, Employment Discrimination, Employment Law, Employment Litigation, Employment Mediation, Employment Practices Liability Insurance, Employment Rights, Employment Termination, Equal Employment Opportunity Law, Executive Employment Law, Executive Severance Contracts, Executive Transfers, Fair Employment Practices, Fair Labor Standards, Family and Medical Leave Act, Federal Employment Law, Harassment, Human Resources Law, International Employment Contracts, International Labor Law, Labor Antitrust, Labor Arbitration, Labor Law, Labor Legislation, Labor Relations, Labor Strikes, Management Employment Law, Management Labor Law, Minimum Wage Law, National Labor Relations Act, National Origin Discrimination, Negligent Hiring, Noncompete Litigation, Noncompetition and Non-Solicitation, Agreements, Outsourcing, Personnel Policies, Personnel Training, Pregnancy Discrimination, Prevailing Wage Litigation, Public Sector Collective Bargaining, Public Sector Employment Law, Public Sector Labor Relations, Reductions in Force, Restrictive Covenants, Retaliatory Discharge, Security Clearances, Sexual Harassment, Title VII Discrimination, Unfair Labor Practices, Uniformed Services Employment, and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), Union Contract Negotiations, Union Elections, Union Labor Law, Union Organization, Wage and Hour Class Actions, Wage and Hour Law, WARN Act, Whistleblower Litigation, Workplace Violence, Wrongful Termination, Wrongful Termination Defense
Litigation Civil Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Complex and Multi-District Litigation, Complex Litigation, Defense Litigation, E-Discovery, Federal Civil Litigation, Federal Litigation, International Litigation, Long-Arm Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation, Trial Practice, U.S. Supreme Court Litigation


  • Federal
  • New York

Employment History

  • Senior Counsel | Kavinoky Cook LLP

    2015 - 2017

  • Partner | Schrader, Israely & DeLuca LLP

    2009 - 2015


  • JD (cum laude) | New York Law School

    1995 - 1998

  • BA- Political Science; Law & Society | Binghamton University (SUNY)

    1991 - 1995

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  • Buffalo, New York, Erie County

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