A Recognized Leader in Oregon Employment Law.

Scott N. Hunt



1992, State of Oregon
1993, U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
1993, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
1999, Supreme Court of the United States

Grinnell College, B.A., Phi Beta Kappa.
Northwestern School of Law, Lewis and Clark College, J.D., magna cum laude.

Areas of Focus
Disability Law
Wrongful Discharge

“I am one of only two Oregon fellows (College of Labor and Employment Lawyers) to practice exclusively in the area of plaintiff's employment law. I believe in defending employee rights.”

Scott Hunt Attorney PortlandScott Hunt started with the firm in 1992. A partner since 1997, he represents employees in wrongful discharge claims and all types of discrimination, harassment, retaliation and whistleblowing actions as well as claims for unpaid wages.

In 1999 he argued Albertson’s v. Kirkingburg, a seminal disability discrimination case, before the United States Supreme Court. Since then his primary focus has been on disability law. He has also argued before the Washington Supreme Court, the Oregon Court of Appeals, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. His practice ranges from negotiating separation agreements for present employees, through all phases of state and federal trial litigation, to appellate work at all levels of the state and federal courts.

Mr. Hunt has been a member of the the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers since 2014.  He was the only attorney in Oregon to receive the distinction in 2014, and is one of only two Oregon fellows to practice exclusively in the area of plaintiff's employment law.  Mr. Hunt has been listed in The Best Lawyers In America for Labor and Employment Law since 2007, and he was honored as the Lawyer of the Year for Employment Law in both 2016 and 2019.  He has been selected by peers for inclusion in Oregon Super Lawyers each year since the publication's founding in 2006.  During that time, Mr. Hunt has been voted into the Top 50 lawyers in the state, in any category, ten times. 

Martindale-Hubbell has awarded him an "AV Preeminent" rating, its highest for legal ability and ethics.

  • Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year, Employment Law - Individuals (Portland, Oregon 2016, 2019, 2023)
  • Best Lawyers in America Employment Law - Individuals; Litigation - Labor and Employment Law (2007 to Present)
  • Oregon Super Lawyers (since 2006) (Top 50 in Oregon, 2009-2012, 2014 to Present)
  • Selected to 2023 list as a member of the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • Received the highest possible rating from Martindale-Hubbell (2022)
  • Scott Hunt included in the 5th edition of Benchmark Litigation, Labor & Employment Annual Guide
  • Chair, Oregon Bench and Bar Commission on Professionalism (2013)
  • Federal Bar Association, Executive Committee, volunteer
  • Oregon Bar Association
  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • Martindale-Hubbell, "AV-rating"
  • Disability Section Executive Committee (2000-2002)
  • Uniform Civil Jury Instructions Committee (2004 through 2006)
  • Civil Rights Section Executive Committee (2007 to 2009)
  • Labor and Employment Section Executive Committee (2005 through 2006 and 2008 to 2017)
  • The Bench and Bar Commission on Professionalism (2010-2018)
  • "Labor and Employment Law: Private Sector, Equal Employment Opportunity:Enforcement," Oregon State Bar Continuing Legal Education (2011)
  • "Complaints of Union Unfair Labor Practices," Oregon State Bar, CLE Labor and Employment Law: Public Sector (1997)
  • "Reinstatement Rights of Injured and Disabled Workers," chapter of Workers Compensation Oregon CLE (1994)
  • "Settlement Conferences and Settlements," Oregon State Bar, Federal Civil Litigation in Oregon (1994)
  • Albertson's, Inc. v. Kirkingburg, 527 U.S. 555 (1999)
  • Affolter v. Baugh Construction Oregon, Inc., 183 Or App 198, 51 P3d 642 (2002)
  • Lansford v. Georgetown Manor, Inc., 192 Or App 261, 84 P3d 1105, adh'd to as modified, 193 Or App 59, 88 P3d 305, rev den 337 Or 182 (2004)
  • Head v. Glacier Northwest, Inc., 413 F.3d 1053 (9th Cir. 2005)
  • Meade v. Cedarapids, Inc., 164 F.3d 1218 (9th Cir. 1999)
  • Johnsen v. Mel-Ken Motors, Inc., 134 Or. App. 81, 894 P.2d 540 (1995)
  • Schoen v. Freightliner LLC, 224 Or. App. 613; 199 P.3d 332 (2008)

Why Choose Busse & Hunt, LLC?

We have years of experience in employment law.We are consistently recognized as "Top in the State".We serve clients throughout the state of Oregon.