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Scott A Dondershine

Estate planning Attorney at Reston, VA

5.0   8 reviews
  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 28 years
    Maryland - MD 28 years
    Virginia - VA 29 years
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1995
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1995
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State VA
    Acquired 1994
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Scott

Learn Scott’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Business
    Assist clients with general business law needs from organizational to mergers & acquisition or succession planning

    30 years

  2. Estate planning
    Assist individuals and business owners in estate plan drafting and business succession planning

    30 years

  3. Tax
    Represent clients evaluate tax impact of planned transactions, tax structuring and compliance issues

    30 years

  4. Contracts and agreements
    Prepare business law contracts running the gamut between formation documents to reviewing/preparing M&A documents

    30 years

  5. Employment and labor
    Assist employers in employment law issues

    30 years

Scott A. Dondershine is licensed to practice law in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. He previously practiced as a Certified Public Accountant beginning his career in public accounting for a big eight CPA firm. Scott's client base includes start-up and emerging technology companies, government contractors, non-profit companies and individuals. He concentrates his practice in the areas of business, tax and estate planning law.


Reston Law Group, LLP
2100 Reston Parkway
Suite 450
Reston, VA, 20191

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Posted by anonymous | April 15, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly recommend
Scott is a great attorney, he helped me with all my tax and estate planning questions. He was very informative and knowledgeable about my issues at hand.
Posted by Mehrdad Sarmadi | January 15, 2015
Great attoeny
Scott has helped me since 1999 on a variety of legal issues including: - formation of corporations including corporate charters, shareholder agreements, employment agreements and ISO plans - contracts including sales of equity in privately held companies, consulting agreement - taxes questions where my CPA required opinion of an attorney - estate planning - help navigate legal disputes such as breach of contract and reach settlement before actual litigation (he has referred me to other counsel if I were to proceed with litigation) Scott is a great all around legal resource and is the best place to start with most legal questions.
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Posted by anonymous | January 12, 2015
Trusted Legal Advisor
Scott has been my company's trusted legal advisor since our inception over 12 years ago and before that in several other ventures. He offers sound advice and legal service on issues including employment matters, corporate governance, contract negotiation and tax compliance. He has always been incredibly responsive and succinct in helping us work through our legal matters. There are very few of our advisors who have lasted the test of time like Scott. I couldn't recommend him highly enough. COO of $100 million US services company
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Posted by Gilbert | January 7, 2015
Chairman, SyTech Corporation
In the past 12 plus years we have used Mr. Dondershine for a number of different services, These include contractual issues such as legal law suites, NDA's, Agreements etc., plus we have also used Mr. Dondershine for personal items such as Wills, Deeds of Trust, Power of Attorney plus other related items. Mr. Dondershine and his staff have always been very professional and responsive to our needs. In addition Mr. Dondershine and his staff are very reasonable when it comes to pricing.
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Posted by Joe | January 5, 2015
Flexible and Business Oriented Legal Partner
Scott and his team have always been responsive and capable of supporting my companies legal challenges. We have worked with Scott on everything a small business government focused IT consulting company would run into. The thing I like most about working with Scott is his business focus and ability to reduce complex legal situations into a set of business decisions that makes negotiating contracts fast and efficient.
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Posted by Mike | January 2, 2015
Excellent Service and Outcome
I was thoroughly pleased with Scott Dondershine's work in preparing legal papers for my family. He offered solid and practical advice, managed the process to a timely completion, and, when a couple of small complications arose, he provided extra attention that made the difference between a satisfactory and an excellent outcome.
Posted by Judy | January 2, 2015
Recommendation for Scott Dondershine
My husband and I recently completed a back taxes payment and penalty abatement request with the IRS. Thankfully, we retained Mr. Dondershine's (Scott's) services. We would not have been able to navigate the process without his expertise. Not only was Scott was successful in getting the penalties abated, but due to the faith we had in his knowledge of the IRS's system, he relieved us of the stress we would have experienced in trying to deal directly with the IRS. I would highly recommend Scott Dondershine.
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Posted by Jonathan | January 1, 2015
Excellent Attorney !
Scott has been very helpful from the time we first met him several years ago. Throughout the growth of our business Scott has helped from Articles of Organization, Operating Agreements and Purchase & Sale paperwork. Great knowledge, responsiveness and attention to detail. Will continue to use his services for many years to come.
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Reston Law Group, LLP
  • 1999 - Present
  • Attorney
  • McGuffie Handal
  • 1994 - 1999
  • Law Student Intern
  • Martinez Sandoval
  • 1992 - 1993
  • Auditor
  • Arthur Andersen & Co. Cpa's
  • 1989 - 1991
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  • George Mason University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • American University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989


  • Tysons Tunnel
  • Secretary
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Quality of Life Plus
  • Secretary
  • 2006 - 2014
  • McLean Chamber of Commerce
  • Director
  • 2003 - 2011

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers Top Rating for Business Attorney in Virginia
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2023
  • Legal Elite
  • Virginia Business Magazine
  • 2023
  • Super Lawyers -Business/Corporate - Virginia & West Virginia
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyers - Business Attorney
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2021
  • Legal Elite - Taxes/Estates/Trusts
  • Virginia Business Magazine
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyers - Business Attorney
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyers - Business Attorney
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2019
  • 2017 Legal Elite
  • Corporate America
  • 2017
  • AV Preeminent Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Legal Elite
  • Virginia Business Magazine
  • 2016
  • Power Players Finalist
  • Smart CEO Magazine
  • 2014
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Speaking Engagements

  • Monthly Update
  • Estate Planning Concepts in an Age of Uncertainty
  • 2009
  • 13th Annual Government Contracting Update
  • Phantom Stock and Other Equity Incentives for Key Employees
  • 2008
  • Update Luncheon
  • Estate Planning 101
  • 2001

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (6)
Endorse Scott
Business Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch business attorney who is dedicated to client success."
Estate planning Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Scott and I worked together on a matter involving judicial modification of an irrevocable trust. It was obvious Scott has in-depth knowledge of the intricacies of trust law in Virginia. I hope we have an opportunity to work together on another project in the future."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Scott and I worked together for a mutual client and it was clear that he is one of the top lawyers in his field. I hope we get to work together again soon."
Business Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse Scott without reservation. I endorse this lawyer. He is a very skilled, diligent, detail-oriented attorney. His advice to clients is always on point and addresses their needs. Scott is also a master at drafting business organizational documents and a wide range of business-related agreements, as well as estate planning documents."
Tax Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Scott was a huge help in navigating the tax issues related to a large and complex business sale."
Tax Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I had the pleasure of working with Scott on a very time sensitive tax matter. Scott jumped right in and was able to effectively analyze the problem and provide sound legal advice."
Business Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Scott for the past 15 years and have found him to be an outstanding attorney."
Tax Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Scott is my go-to attorney when I need tax help on a corporate matter (and he can also back me up on the corporate piece). I trust him to provide quality advice to my clients at reasonable rates. I will continue to work with him in the future."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Dec 31
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Probbaly the best in the business!!"
Tax Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've worked with Mr. Dondershine on a number of matters. He is a CPA and a lawyer, which is a very useful combination. He is my go-to expert on tax matters -- especially for business entities. He is personable and down to earth. Every client I've sent him has been satisfied. I highly recommend Mr. Dondershine to anyone with business, tax, or transactional needs."
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