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Scott James Golightly

About Scott Golightly

About me

Scott Golightly’s path to becoming a lawyer was not one typically traveled.  Before pursuing his law degree, Scott spent time as a mechanical engineering student, a professional bowler, a licensed Realtor, a substitute teacher and math tutor.  In his mid-twenties, Scott began to pursue a career as a lawyer, enrolling at Christopher Newport University (CNU) to study political science and government in his hometown of Newport News, Virginia.


After graduating from CNU, Scott moved to Richmond to attend the T. C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond.  In law school, Scott had the privilege of learning from some of the best in the business, particularly in estate and business planning – areas in which Scott was most interested.  After his first year of law school, Scott was chosen by his peers to serve as the Editor of the University of Richmond Law Review.  He also served on the Moot Court Board, and as a student advocate of the Honor Council.


Upon graduation from law school, Scott worked as an associate at the Richmond-based law firm Hirschler Fleischer.  While there, Scott was lucky to have as mentors some of the most talented and well-respected lawyers in the region, and he gained valuable experience working directly with firm clients in solving their various legal problems.  As an associate attorney, Scott’s primary areas of practice included litigation in the commercial, construction, insurance coverage, real estate, and employment areas. 


In 2005, Scott left his former law firm to go into business for himself and spend more time with his wife, Sarah, and his two children, Jack and Elizabeth.  Scott is the founding attorney of The Golightly Law Firm, and he brings all of his experience and knowledge to bear as both a counselor and advocate for each of his clients.  The Golightly Law Firm’s primary practice areas consist of estate planning, business succession planning, and litigation.


Scott is a member of the Virginia State Bar and has been admitted to practice in all Virginia State Courts, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Scott is also a member of the Richmond Bar Association and the Virginia State Bar Association's Section on Trusts and Estates.

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