“I’m here to shoulder the pressure for my clients – to find practical ways to resolve their legal issues so they can take care of other things.”

Experience

Scott’s law practice spans a wide range of legal areas. His clients run the gamut from large and small companies to franchise owners, professionals and individuals.

As a seasoned litigator, Scott primarily focuses on commercial and personal disputes. He represents small businesses, franchise owners, developers, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, associations, churches, professionals and individuals. He handles a wide variety of litigation and is known for formulating creative settlements. Because litigation can be costly, Scott is dedicated to finding practical resolutions of disputes, including the use of mediation and arbitration. However, if a settlement cannot be reached, he is skilled at successfully representing his clients before judges and juries in court.

Scott is one of only a handful of lawyers in the area that regularly practice franchise law. He routinely advises clients in all areas of franchising, including formation, franchise review, lease review, contract drafting and negotiations, and franchise agreement litigation, if needed. His depth and diverse experience in franchise law allows him to provide clients with reasonable suggestions and changes to standard franchise agreements that protect their interests.

Examples of other business litigation matters Scott handles include business partnership and shareholder disputes, fraud and other business torts, as well as covenants not-to-compete, contract disputes, commercial landlord/tenant disagreements, and commercial and residential real estate litigation.

His construction litigation experience includes defect issues in materials, construction or design; damage and delay; claims resolution; contract negotiation; betterment; mechanic’s liens; collections and financing issues.

Scott’s business law practice incorporates general legal advice and counseling, with a strong focus on contract drafting, review and negotiation to avoid litigation. His advice extends to commercial landlord/tenant disputes, commercial and residential real estate matters, entity formation, policies and procedures. Employee handbooks, severance agreements, non-compete provisions, employee benefits, discrimination, wage and hour and overtime issues, social media and computer use policies, and confidentiality are some of the employment law issues Scott addresses for his clients.

Scott has successfully assisted clients with difficult contested family law matters for over 15 years. He represents clients in divorce, property settlement, business valuation, and spousal support, as well as child custody, visitation, support, and guardianship matters.

Scott’s family law practice also extends to handling sensitive disputes between heirs in trust and estate administration and litigation.

Government and regulatory agencies often ill-advise people to forego legal representation during initial and subsequent fact finding hearings, which could be a costly mistake. Scott represents clients before government and regulatory boards and agencies throughout the regulatory process. Some of his work includes representation of students and other parties in university and education cases, federal employee benefits matters, representing contractors and other occupations in regulatory matters before DPOR and other occupational regulatory entities, representing health care professionals before the Board of Medicine, and representing financial advisors before FINRA.

In his spare time, Scott enjoys golf, sporting events, photography, military history, scouting, and camping.

Practice Areas

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Family Law
  • Franchise and Distribution Law
  • Arbitration and Mediation
  • Employment Law
  • Government and Regulatory Law

Professional Experience

  • MeyerGoergen PC, 2004-present
  • McGuireWoods LLP, 1995-2000 & 2001-2004
  • Homebytes, Inc., 2000-2001
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, The Honorable Robert G. Doumar, Law Clerk, 1994-1995

Education

  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1994
  • Executive Editor, Virginia Law Review
  • Order of the Coif, top 10% of class
  • University of Virginia, B.A., 1984

Boards and Activities

  • The Bar Association of the City of Richmond
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Boy Scouts of America, Former Cubmaster for Cub Scout Pack 876 in Midlothian; Assistant Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 876 in Midlothian; Unit Commissioner for Huguenot Trail District
  • Youth Services Citizens Board for Chesterfield County; Midlothian Magisterial District Representative, 2009 – present
  • Omicron Chapter House Society, Board of Directors, 2003 – 2009
  • Big Brothers and Big Sisters Services, Inc., Big Brother, 1988-1994; Board of Directors, 1990-1993
  • Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal, Senior Warden 2013; Vestry, 2000 – 2003 & 2010-2013

Publications and Presentations

  • Co-author, Revised Antitrust Guidelines: Will They Ease the Formation of Provider Networks?, Dispatch: Virginia Chapter-Healthcare Financial Management Association, February/March 1997
  • Co-author, Revised Health Care Antitrust Guidelines Improve Ability To Form Provider Networks, September 1996
  • Co-author, FTC and Justice Department Issue New Policy Statements, Virginia Medical Quarterly, Fall 1996