Scott Surovell is a partner practicing in the areas of civil and criminal litigation with a focus on DWI/Traffic, personal injury, family law and consumer protection. Mr. Surovell has tried scores of cases winning numerous judgments,
negotiated settlements in simple and complex matters, obtained several
summary dismissals, defense judgments, and criminal acquittals, and
assisted clients in preserving the nondischargeability of substantial
debts in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. He has also briefed and argued appeals
to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Supreme
Court of Virginia and the Court of Appeals of Virginia, as well as
Criminal and Bankruptcy Appeals before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern
District of Virginia.
Mr. Surovell lives in the Mt. Vernon area of Fairfax County where he grew up with his wife and four children. He also is a member of the Virginia House of Delegates.
Hollis v. Schaefer Pyrotechnics, Inc., et al. — Case involving defective commercial fireworks that shot into crowd injuring thirteen people and cause burns, fractures and brain injuries. Was tried to a jury in Fairfax County resulting in a $4.75 million verdict - one of the largest verdicts in Fairfax County history.
Case involved over 30 witnesses including 14 experts and was tried over three weeks in Fairfax County Hi-Tech Courtroom.
Boston Mutual Life Insurance v. Ludwig — Interpleader action involving individual convicted of manslaughter who sought life insurance proceeds of his victim. Mr. Surovell represented the victim's daughter and secured entire life insurance proceeds utilizing Virginia Slayer Statute and choice of law principles after court found that statute applied to manslaughter convictions in addition to murder. Case ultimately resulted in changes to Virginia Slayer Statute.
Holmes v. LG Marion, Inc. — Case involving fraudulent sale of used car, violation of Virginia Consumer Protection Act. First appeal ever granted by Supreme Court of Virginia on Virginia Consumer Protection Act.
Schuman v. Schuman — Five day equitable distribution trial involving over $5 million of assets. Resulted in opinion by Supreme Court of Virginia that reconciled numerous conflicting other appellate decisions regarding the division of deferred compensation plans such as stock options and restricted stock.
Farran v. Farran — Litigation between homeowners and homeowners association. Established numerous new precedents in Virginia homeowners associations rules restricting associations' ability to adopt rules without express contractual authority and affirmed court's authority to award attorney's fees which was disputed.
Litigation involved two separate cases and over four days of evidence and spanned over two years.