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Scott A. Surovell

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Scott Surovell focuses his practice in the areas of civil and criminal litigation with a focus on DWI/Traffic Defense, Consumer Law, Personal Injury, Family Law and Appeals. Mr. Surovell has been practicing law since 1996 and is a founding Member of the Firm.

Mr. Surovell graduated magna cum laude from James Madison University with a Bachelor of the Arts and obtained his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. Scott is a State Senator representing the 36th Senate District covering Fairfax, Prince William, and Stafford Counties, and serves on the General Laws and Technology Committee, Rehabilitation and Social Services Committee, the Local Government Committee, and the Virginia High Speed Rail Commission. He was a member of the House of Delegates from 2009 to 2015 representing the Mount Vernon area of Fairfax County and served as Caucus Chairman in 2014.

Scott is licensed to practice in all courts in the Commonwealth of Virginia and in the District of Columbia, the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia and for the District of Columbia, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Mr. Surovell has litigated a case to the largest personal injury verdict in the history of Fairfax County, Virginia. He has also represented clients in noteworthy class actions, Slayer Statute and property rights disputes, deaths caused by texting while driving, and is an aggressive advocate for the principles set forth in the Virginia Declaration of Rights and the United States Bill of Rights in criminal prosecutions.

Mr. Surovell has received Martindale-Hubbell’s highest AV rating for legal ability and ethical standards since 2003 and has been named by Super Lawyers as a Virginia “SuperLawyer” since 2009 and a “Rising Star” since 2005. Scott has been recognized by Northern Virginia Magazine as one of the top Driving While Intoxicated Defense Attorneys in Northern Virginia in 2012. He has been recognized by Washingtonian and Best Lawyers in America as one of the top Personal Injury Attorneys in the D.C. metropolitan area since 2011. He has also been named by Best Lawyers in America as one of the top Family Law attorneys in Northern Virginia since 2011.

Scott is a Fairfax County, Virginia native, and a graduate of West Potomac High School. He currently resides in Mount Vernon with his wife and four children. In his spare time, Scott enjoys spending time with his children, hiking, and cycling. He rode a bicycle 4,200 miles across the United States, hiked to Machu Picchu, and summited all 46 of the High Peaks in the Adirondacks.

Practice Areas
  • Appeals
  • Assault & Battery
  • Brain Injuries
  • Breach of Contract Litigation
  • Business Litigation
  • Catastrophic Injuries
  • Child Custody and Visitation
  • Child Support
  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Condemnation & Eminent Domain
  • Consumer Law
  • Contractor Disputes
  • Credit Report Disputes
  • Criminal Defense
  • Debt Collection Abuses
  • Division of Retirement Benefits
  • Divorce
  • DUI/DWI
  • Equitable Distribution of Assets
  • Family Law
  • Fireworks Accidents
  • Fraud Claims
  • Government Employee Divorce
  • High Net Worth Divorce
  • HOA Disputes & Litigation
  • Landlord & Tenant Disputes
  • Marital Settlement Agreements
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Military Divorce
  • Mixed Credit Files
  • Mold Litigation
  • Paternity
  • Personal Injury
  • Postnuptial Agreements
  • Premarital Agreements
  • Products Liability
  • Protective Orders
  • Same Sex Family Law
  • Slip & Fall
  • Spousal Support/Alimony
  • Vehicle Accidents
  • Warranty Claims
  • Wrongful Death
Education
  • University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia
    • J.D. – 1996
  • James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia
    • B.A. (Magna Cum Laude): Political Science – 1993
Bar Admissions
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • United States District Court, Western District of Virginia
  • United States District Court, District of Columbia
  • United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
Professional Associations Memberships
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • National Association of Consumer Advocates
  • Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Fairfax County Bar Association
  • Prince William Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce
  • Prince William County Chamber of Commerce
Publications and Speaking Engagemens
  • Field Tests, the EC/IR-II & You, Supreme Court of Virginia Ninth Annual Indigent Defense CLE, 2013.
  • To Plead or Not to Plead: Domestic Assaults and Unforeseen Consequences, Journal fo the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, 2008.
  • Practice Tips Regarding Field Test Foundation, Road Blocks, Intoxilyzer Records, Refusal and More, Fairfax Bar Association, DUI CLE, 2007.
  • Recent Developments in Administrative Suspensions and Revocation of Driver’s Licenses, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Journal, 2007.
  • Professional Responsibility, Minnesota-Mutual Ethics Seminar, 2006.
  • Whatever Happened to Rehabilitative Alimony? Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Advanced Family Law CLE, 2006.
  • Lecturer – Young Lawyer Participation, Virginia State Bar’s Bar Leadership Institute, 2000
  • Lecturer – Negligent Hiring and Retention Claims, Virginia Trial Lawyer’s Association, 2003
  • Lecturer – Professional Responsibility, Minnesota-Mutual Ethics Seminar, 2006
  • Lecturer – Rehabilitative Alimony, Virginia Trial Lawyer’s Association Advanced Family Law CLE, 2006
  • Lecturer – Practice Tips Regarding Field Test Foundation, Road Blocks, Intoxilyzer Records, Refusal and More, Fairfax Bar Association, DUI CLE 2007
  • Lecturer – Fairfax Bar Association Family Law CLE, Legislative Update, 2011-2013
  • Lecturer – Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Advanced Family Law CLE, Legislative Update, 2011-2013
  • Lecturer – Fairfax Bar Association DWI CLE, Legislative Update, 2013, 2015-17
  • Lecturer – Supreme Court of Virginia, Ninth Annual Indigent Criminal Defense Advanced Skills for the Experienced Practitioner, Field Tests, the EC/IR-II and You, 2013
  • Lecturer – Northern Virginia Black Bar Association, Annual Legislative Update (2017)
  • Lecturer – Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Criminal Law CLE, Legislative Update,
    2018
Reported Decisions and Notable Results
  • Boston Mut. Life Ins. Co. v. Ludwig, 1:06cv1072, 2007 LEXIS 34812 (E.D. Va. May 10, 2007).
  • In re Haas, Case No. 04-11534-SSM, 2004 Bankr. LEXIS 2216 (Bankr. E.D. Va. Dec. 22, 2004).
  • Hollis v. Lexington Ins. Co., 180 F. Supp. 3d 422 (E.D. Va. 2016).
  • AdvanceMe, Inc. v. Shaker Corp., 79 Va. Cir. 171 (Va. Cir. Ct. 2009).
  • Holmes v. L.G. Marion Corp., 521 S.E.2d 528 (Va. 1999).
  • Oswald v. Holtzman, 90 Va. Cir. 9 (Va. Cir. Ct. 2015).
  • Farran v. Olde Belhaven Towne Owners Ass’n, 80 Va. Cir. 508 (Va. Cir. Ct. 2010).
  • Farran v. Olde Belhaven Towne Owners Ass’n, 83 Va. Cir. 286 (Va. Cir. Ct. 2011).
  • Bedell v. Muller, Record No. 1618-15-4, 2016 Va. App. LEXIS 294 (Va. Ct. App. Nov 1, 2016).
  • Schuman v. Schuman, Record Nos. 0631-09-4, 1259-09-4, 1260-09-4, 2010 Va. App. LEXIS 149 (Va. Ct. App. Apr. 20, 2010).
  • Cardozo v. Daleski, Record No. 0084-00-1, 2000 Va. App. LEXIS 708 (Va. Ct. App. Oct. 31, 2000).
  • Hass v. Duncan, 1:05cv91, 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 13400 (E.D. Va. July 6, 2005).
  • Sea Bay Hotel, LLC v. Gosnell, 97 Va. Cir 250 (Va. Cir. Ct. 2017).
  • United States v. Graham, 234 Fed. App’x 136 (4th Cir. 2007).
  • Brown-Fitzgerald v. Commonwealth, 656 S.E.2d 422 (Va. Ct. App. 2008).
  • United States v. Graham, 1:06cr143, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 40622 (E.D. Va. June 19, 2006).
  • In re Bauer, Case No. 97-13034-SSM, 1997 Bankr. LEXIS 2090 (Bankr. E.D. Va. Nov. 12, 1997).
  • Neubrech v. American National Red Cross, Civil Action No. 04-0995, 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 12604 (D.D.C. Mar. 2, 2005).
  • Schuman v. Schuman, 717 S.E.2d 410 (Va. 2011).
  • Hollis v. Lexington Ins. Co., 682 Fed. App’x 206 (4th Cir. 2017).
  • Uplinger v. Alexandria Overlook Condo. Council of Co-Owners, Record No. 170871, 2017 Va. LEXIS 194 (Va. Dec. 20, 2017).
  • Kopalchick v. Archdiocese of Richmond, 645 S.E.2d 439 (Va. 2007).
  • FastMetrix, Inc. v. ITT Corp., 924 F. Supp. 2d 668 (E.D. Va. 2013).
  • Flooring Grp. v. Lewis, Law No. 189607, 2001 Va. Cir. LEXIS 55 (Va. Cir. Ct. 2001).
Community Involvement
  • Virginia State Senator, 36th District, 2016-Present
  • Virginia State Delegate, 44th District, 2010-2016
  • Girls Soccer Coach, Lee-Mount Vernon Soccer Association, 2007-2013
  • Secretary, Treasurer & Director, Tauxemont Community Association, 2001-2008
  • Board Member, Mt. Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce Education Partnership, 2007-2008
  • Fairfax County Public Schools Community Leadership Council from 2008-2009
  • Fairfax County Public Schools Community Advisory Council starting in 2009
  • Chairman, Mount Vernon District Democratic Committee 2003-2007
  • Chairman, Fairfax County Democratic Committee, 2007-2009
  • Member, State Central Committee, Democratic Party of Virginia, 2005-13
Accomplishments/Honors
  • Fairfax Bar Association, President Young Lawyers’ Section, 1998-99
  • Member of Board of Directors (Ex Officio), Fairfax Bar Association, 1998-99
  • AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell since 2003
  • Fifth District Attorney Discipline Committee, 2005-2010
  • Chairman, Family Law Section, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, 2007-2008
  • Virginia Super Lawyers, 2009-2018
  • Best Lawyers in America for Law and Personal Injury, 2011-2018
  • Washingtonian Magazine, Top Personal Injury Lawyers, 2011-2018
  • Fairfax Bar Association, President’s Award, 2013
  • Leader in the Law, Virginia Lawyers Weekly, 2017