R. Scott Caulkins
Of Counsel
t: 703.862.9427
f: 703.525.2207


R. Scott Caulkins has over 30 years of experience in complex commercial and business litigation matters, outside general counsel matters, and franchise and distribution law. As a commercial law and business litigator, Scott represents companies and individuals in state and federal courts and arbitration proceedings throughout Virginia and the District of Columbia in a wide range of matters including breach of contract, business torts and intellectual property disputes.

As an established Northern Virginia attorney, Scott is frequently called upon to serve as local counsel to out-of-state and national law firms in cases in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, often referred to as the “Rocket Docket.” He is a former President of The Northern Virginia Chapter of the Federal Association and represents businesses as outside general counsel on a variety of matters, including entity formation, purchasing and selling of businesses, preparation of contracts, resolution of disputes with vendors, commercial leasing and general employment.

Franchise Law has been a major part of Scott’s practice since 1985. He represents both franchisors and franchisees in a broad range of matters, including the preparation of franchise agreements and franchise disclosure documents, and the purchase and sale of franchise businesses. He also counsels franchise companies on franchise compliance issues.

Scott has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America and was selected to Virginia and Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers on multiple occasions. He has spoken at numerous continuing legal education programs sponsored by local bar associations, the ABA, and the International Franchise Association on franchise law and business litigation topics. 

Bar and Court Admissions

Virginia, 1984

District of Columbia, 1985

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit



William & Mary Law School, J.D., 1982

University of Virginia, 1979

Awards and Honors

Best Lawyers in America in Commercial Litigation and Franchise Law, 2021

Virginia Super Lawyers in Business Litigation, Business/Corporate and Franchise/Dealership, 2008 – 2022

Martindale Hubbell, AV Preeminent Rated, 2021


Virginia State Bar

District of Columbia Bar

Federal Bar Association, Northern Virginia Chapter

American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising

Arlington County Bar Association

Litigation Counsel of America