Thomas W. Scroggins
Christina Howton, Paralegal
Julia C. Tomlinson, Assistant
Mr. Scroggins practices in the areas of labor and employment with a focus on representing employers in employee litigation, labor relation issues, and policy design including local, regional, national, and international businesses of all sizes from a few employees to thousands. He has represented clients in OSHA citations and proceedings, union avoidance strategies, unfair labor practice charges, and discrimination and harassment litigation. In the area of labor and employment law, he has represented clients before the National Labor Relations Board in certification petitions and unfair labor practice charges and assisted clients with retaliatory discharge claims.
Mr. Scroggins also represents software publishers in all phases of their business including commercial licensing, end-user licensing, and development issues. He also assists businesses in establishing and protecting their brand identities by registering and defending trademarks, and has successfully registered dozens of trademarks with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Mr. Scroggins is a native of Montgomery, Alabama, where he attended Alabama Christian Academy. Upon graduating from LSU he moved to Tuscaloosa, attended law school at the University of Alabama, and began clerking for a local business law firm. He joined Rosen Harwood in July, 2014. Tom is licensed to practice in both Alabama and Georgia; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; U.S. District Court, Northern District, Middle District, and Southern District of Alabama.
Mr. Scroggins brings a unique perspective to labor management relations because his father was a steward with the National Postal Mail Handlers’ Union, and his grandfather was a member of the United Mine Workers of America in the Appalachian coal country of southern West Virginia. His ancestors were also involved in the Battle of Matewan – a violent coal miner’s strike that occurred in 1920 in Mingo County, West Virginia, which eventually required the Governor to order the state police to retake control of Matewan. “Both sides of my family have deep roots in the American labor organization movement from its inception in the late 1800s through the struggle for organizational rights to the modern era where unions have become merely self-perpetuating political organizations without purpose or benefit to the ordinary working man,” Tom says.
In August 2012 Tom represented SouthFresh Aquaculture, LLC at its live catfish processing facility in Eutaw, Alabama, in a successful decertification of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1657 bargaining unit of over 100 employees. Tom has also successfully negotiated collective bargaining agreements for a number of employers including Southern Heat Exchanger Corporation, a worldwide manufacturer of shell and tube heat exchangers located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Houston, Texas.
Mr. Scroggins is married to Cassandra McKnight Scroggins and is the father of four children: Emily, Norah, John, and Shelby Scroggins. Norah, John, and Shelby are triplets born on 9/9/09 which became the subject of a front page article in The Tuscaloosa News. He enjoys traveling, hunting on his land in Coosa County.
Mr. Scroggins’ community involvement includes the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce (Board of Directors), Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Tuscaloosa Resource Professionals (Legislative Committee, Chairperson, 2000-2012), Exchange Club of Tuscaloosa (Board of Directors, 2005-2008; Chairperson of the Americanism Committee), Adopt-a-School Foundation (Steering Committee, 2001-2011), SHRM Advocacy Team Advisor, The EDGE Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (Member, Advisory Board). He is a member of the Alabama Bar Association (Sections of Intellectual Property, Labor and Employment Law [Member of EEOC Committee and State Labor & Employment Law Developments Committee]; Alabama State Bar (Sections of labor and Employment Law & Young Lawyers); Georgia State Bar; Tuscaloosa County Bar Association; Leadership Tuscaloosa (Class of 2008), Steering Committee (2011-2012); and General Counsel, Black Warrior Council of the boy Scouts of America 2011-2012.
His publications include: Author, "CERCLA Liability and Insurance Indemnity", The Enlaw, Fall 1998; Co-Author, “An Arizona Bill with an Alabama Twist – The Effort to Deter Illegal Immigration in the Deep South”, Alabama Defense Lawyers Association Journal, Fall 2011; Co-Author, “State of Confusion: The Brief Life and Times of Alabama’s Immigration Bill”, Alabama’s Defense Lawyers Association Journal, Spring 2012, Vol. 28, No.1; and Author, "On the Business End of Obamacare", Rising Tide, December 2013.
Publications & Presentations
- Beyoncé Concert Dooms FMLA Claim December 13, 2017
- New FLSA Salary Threshold for Exempt Employees on Hold for Now. What Should Employers Do? November 28, 2016
- Widespread Changes to FLSA’s Overtime Rules Implemented May 19, 2016
- Thomas W. Scroggins Becomes Shareholder July 11, 2015
- Supreme Court Gives Pregnant Employees an Accommodation April 11, 2015