Lansing attorney named new head of HR for Michigan Supreme Court

Attorney Troy A. Scott is the new director of Human Resources for the Michigan Supreme Court, Michigan Court of Appeals, and the State Court Administrative Office, the Supreme Court announced.

Scott previously served as director of human resources and general counsel for Lansing-based Dean Transportation, a company of over 1,200 employees. His responsibilities included employee training and benefits, worker's compensation, unemployment claims, and labor relations.

State Court Administrator Chad C. Schmucker said that Scott brings the right blend of experiences to the Court's Human Resources division.

"Mr. Scott is both an experienced attorney and a human resources specialist, so he is well positioned to counsel the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and SCAO on employment matters," Schmucker said.

In addition, Scott will be available to advise the state's trial courts on their human resources issues, Schmucker said. "Good human resources practices are an essential part of any successful organization and courts are no exception to that rule," he said. "Judges and court staff who consult Mr. Scott will find that he has a wealth of valuable expertise to share."

Scott earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and his law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. While in law school, he served as a law clerk for the Michigan Tax Tribunal, researching and drafting legal decisions.

After being admitted to the practice of law in 1994, he served as referee for the Tax Tribunal, presiding in property tax cases. Scott then opened his own law practice in Lansing, where he specialized in tax issues and trademark infringement litigation. In 2001, he joined the Traverse City law firm of Smith & Johnson, P.C., where his practice included litigation and supervising debt collection practices for bank and credit union clients; he joined Dean Transportation in 2003.

A member of the State Bar of Michigan, Scott is admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and both U.S. District Courts (Eastern District and Western District) in Michigan. Certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources by the Human Resources Certification Institute, Scott is a member of the State Bar's Labor and Employment Law Section and of the Society for Human Resource Management.

Scott resides in Lansing with his wife and three children.

Published: Mon, Apr 9, 2012