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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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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 20%
    17 years
  2. Estate Planning: 20%
    10 years
  3. Trusts: 20%
  4. Probate: 20%
    10 years
  5. Wills: 20%
    10 years



Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Golightly Mulligan & Morgan PLC

2016 John Rolfe Parkway.
Richmond, VA, 23238


VAAuthorized to practice law199803/31/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
5.0 Rating, Trusts and EstatesMartindale-Hubbell2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerGolightly Mulligan & Morgan, PLC2009 - Present
OwnerHSSN Properties, LLC2005 - 2009
AttorneyHirschler Fleischer1999 - 2005
AttorneyEure Kincer & Bell1998 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
Virginia Section on Trusts and EstatesMember2010 - Present
Virginia State BarMember1998 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
S. Wallace Edwards & Sons v. Cincinnati Ins. Co., 353 F.3d 367 (4th Cir. 2003)Motion for summary judgment in our favor was affirmed on appeal.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Richmond, The T. C. Williams School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
Christopher Newport UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
New Estate Tax Rules in 2011New Estate Tax Rules in 20112011
Wills vs. TrustsWill Plans vs. Trust Plans2010
2010 Repeal of the Estate TaxRepeal of the Estate Tax and its Effect on You2010