Mackall, Crounse & Moore, PLC has joined Dewitt Ross & Stevens S.C.

The newly formed DeWitt Mackall Crounse & Moore S.C. will provide clients with enhanced legal services
and efficiencies as well as access to more than 100 attorneys practicing in nearly 30 areas of
law in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

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Scott is a Partner and Shareholder at DeWitt. He is the Chair of its Background Screening Practice Group, the Past-Chair of its Labor & Employment Practice Group, and an active member of its Litigation Practice Group.

Scott serves as the “go-to” outside counsel for dozens of consumer reporting agencies, data providers, and background screening software companies. He works closely with them to examine their legal risks, address compliance-related projects, and balance the business side and legal side. Scott helps screening clients to think through nearly every imaginable compliance and risk management challenge, and works with them to strategically address lawsuits and demand letters.

He has played a leadership role in the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), including serving as Co-Chair of the Litigation Avoidance Committee, member of the Best Practices Steering Committee, and member of the Ethics Committee. Additionally, Scott is a regular speaker at national conferences and webinars on “cutting edge” background screening topics.

Besides working with background screening companies, Scott works with employers to create strong background screening programs. Many employers (including Fortune 500 companies) have turned to Scott to draft appropriate written consent forms and adverse action letters, and determine whether they can reject a candidate based upon criminal history, credit history, and/or other background screening information. He has successfully defended employers in lawsuits and administrative actions when their background screening practices have been challenged.

Scott actively advises employers on a wide range of traditional employment issue such as employment applications, employee handbooks, wage practices, non-compete agreements, disciplinary investigations, and terminations. He actively represents companies in various employment and non-employment lawsuits.

Wisconsin Super Lawyers named Scott a “Rising Star” on at least five occasions. In addition, in 2016, Scott was recognized as the exclusive winner of the Client Choice award in the area of Employment and Benefits in the State of Wisconsin. The Client Choice award recognizes attorneys around the world that stand apart for the excellent client care they provide and the quality of their service.


Scott has worked with organizations in a variety of industries including: healthcare, retail, information technology, staffing, manufacturing, accounting, agriculture, background screening, transportation, insurance, construction, non-profit, and a variety of others.

Client Recommendations

Scott is “among the most qualified in his field.” – Client

“What distinguishes Scott from other lawyers is his ability to collaborate and creatively problem solve for clients.” – Client

Scott’s “attention to detail and willingness to go above and beyond for clients is always the same, regardless of the case.” – Client

“​Scott is more than a competent lawyer - he is also a trusted adviser.” – Client

“I have known and worked with Scott Paler for a couple of years and have nothing but good things to say. Scott has the ability to see all sides of a situation while incorporating our business position. This approach results in him providing comprehensive advice to ensure our company is not legally compromised.” – Client

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Madison, WI 53703
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Brookfield, WI 53005
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Minneapolis, MN 55402
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DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C., including its affiliate DeWitt Mackall Crounse & Moore S.C., is one of the ten largest law firms based in Wisconsin, with an additional presence in Minnesota. It has nearly140 attorneys practicing in Madison, Metropolitan Milwaukee and Minneapolis in over 30 legal practice areas, and has the experience to service clients of all scopes and sizes.

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Best Lawyers 2013 – 2018
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