Scott A. Dondershine

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business & Corporate Attorney in Reston, VA

David, Brody & Dondershine, LLP
 | 2100 Reston Parkway, Suite 370
Reston, VA 20191
Phone: 703-264-2220
Fax: 703-264-2226
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1994
Practice Areas:
  • Business/Corporate (40%),
  • Estate Planning & Probate (30%),
  • Tax: Business (10%),
  • Mergers & Acquisitions (10%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employer (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Scott A. Dondershine is a partner with David, Brody & Dondershine, LLP, law firm in Reston, Virginia. A top-rated, award-winning attorney with more than 25 years of legal experience, Mr. Dondershine provides exceptional counsel and support to a diverse range of clients throughout northern Virginia, the Washington, D.C., metro and surrounding areas of Maryland who have legal needs involving any of the following:

    ·        Business and commercial law, including contracts, mergers and acquisitions, and other transactional needs

    ·        Business organizations

    ·        Tax law

    ·        Estate planning, wills and trusts, as well as business succession planning

    ·        Intellectual property law

    ·        Internet and cyberspace law

    ·        Labor and employment law

    Along with being an attorney, Mr. Dondershine is also a certified public accountant with several years of experience as a CPA. As such, he has in-depth knowledge of state and federal tax codes and can help his clients mitigate their overall tax liability for both their businesses and estates through customized tax-reduction strategies. As an attorney, he has achieved considerable success assisting a wide range of both commercial clients, as well as individuals and families with protecting their rights, interests and assets for the future.

    A leader in his field, Mr. Dondershine has published numerous articles on tax and estate planning, as well as business-related topics. He has also conducted lectures and continuing legal education seminars across his region, and he has appeared on the radio, where he has offered commentary on a variety of legal subjects.

    Honored for his outstanding professionalism and service, Mr. Dondershine has earned an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell and a Legal Elite designation from Corporate America along with many other top rankings and endorsements from his peers. Moreover, both Richmond and Arlington Magazines voted him a Top Attorney in his region in 2019. He was also a Power Players finalist as ranked by Smart CEO Magazine in 2014.

    A 1989 cum laude graduate of American University, Mr. Dondershine obtained his Juris Doctor from George Mason University School of Law in 1994. Along with practicing in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia, he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, the Virginia Supreme Court and the U.S. Tax Court.

    *AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 40%Business/Corporate
    • 30%Estate Planning & Probate
    • 10%Tax
    • 10%Mergers & Acquisitions
    • 10%Employment & Labor
    Focus Areas

    Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Partnership, Sub-chapter S Corporations, Contracts, Business Organizations, Estate Planning, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Trusts, Wills, Tax Law, Labor Law

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    Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2020

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    About Scott Dondershine

    Admitted: 1994, Virginia

    Professional Webpage: https://www.dbd-law.com/Attorneys/Scott-A-Dondershine.shtml

    Honors/Awards:

    • Super Lawyers Top Rating for Business Attorney, Thomson Reuters, 2020, Super Lawyers Top Rating for Business Attorney , Thomson Reuters, 2020, 2020
    • Top Rating for Business Attorney, Super Lawyers Top Rating for Business Attorney, Thomson Reuters, 2019, 2019
    • Named as a top attorney in Arlington by Arlington Magazine, Top Attorney in Arlington, Arlington Magazine, 2019
    • Named as a top attorney in Virginia by Richmond Magazine, Top Attorney in Virginia, Richmond Magazine, 2019
    • Legal Elite, Virginia Business Magazine, 2016
    • Legal Elite, Corp America, 2017
    • AV Preeminent Rated, Martindale-Hubbell, 2017
    • Power Players Finalist, Smart CEO Magazine, 2014 , 2014

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • CPA, 1990

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Virginia Supreme Court, 1994
    • U.S. Tax Court, 2008 
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1994
    • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1995
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia, 1997
    • Licensed in Virginia, 1994, Maryland, 1995 and D.C., 1995

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce, Member of the Board of Directors

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • The Article discusses new Section 409A and the accompanying regulations. The law substantially tightens the tax rules governing non-qualified deferred compensation. Failure to comply with the rules can cause immediate taxation of the amount deferred, plus interest and penalties, Author, Coping With the Strict New Rules on Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation, Estate Planning, 2006
    • Income Tax and Estate Planning for Retirement Benefits
    • The issues faced in drafting a buy-sell agreement are complex and difficult. This article analyzes some of the key concerns, such as the purpose of the agreement, the types of agreements, and methods for determining the price of the stock, Author, Buy-Sell Agreements, Estate Planning, 2003
    • Congress adopted the Fair Labor Standards Act (the "FLSA") in the late 1930s as part of President Roosevelt's New Deal to produce higher levels of employment among the adult work force. Today, disgruntled employees often use the protections provided by the FLSA as a linchpin to turn a marginal case for wrongful discharge or some other adverse employment action into a successful action for severance pay or other financial redress. Corporate counsel needs to assist employers in complying with the FLSA to eliminate its use in claims alleging inappropriate employment decisions, Author, Understanding the FLSA and its Overtime Pay Requirements, Virginia Lawyer, 1999
    • The Article discusses how to resolve employment tax delinquency issues and the trust fund recovery penalty, Co-Author, Avoid the Employment Tax Delinquency Trap, Journal of Accountancy, 1996

    Newsletters:

    • On April 11, 2020, Virginia enacted a slew of new employment laws that will alter the landscape for Virginia workers and their employers. The laws, which don't go into effect until July 1, 2020, will have a far-reaching impact lasting beyond the pandemic. One of the more significant provisions involves worker misclassification errors., New VA Labor Laws Including Stiff Penalties for Worker Misclassification Errors, Corporations
    • On March 18, 2020, the Federal Government enacted the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This Client Alert explains the two primary obligations of employers and the assistance from the Federal Government to businesses in the form of tax relief for complying with the Act. The Act becomes effective April 1, 2020 and generally remains in effect through December 31, 2020., Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Businesses
    • Whether enrolled in college, working in a job, taking a gap year, or traveling, parents lose their legal rights to assist a child when the child turns age 18 and becomes an adult. The sad reality is that this could impede efforts to help a child during a time of need. The Client Alert describes three documents that any young adult should have in place: Durable Medical Power of Attorney with HIPAA Authorization, Living Will and Financial Durable Power of Attorney., What Happens With Children Fly the Coup?, Individuals -Estate Planning
    • This Client Alert describes an important change made to the required minimum distribution rules by the 2019 Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act. The required minimum distribution rules used to permit distributions over the life expectancy of a designated beneficiary. Now, the general rule is that after an employee plan participant or IRA owner dies, the remaining account balance must be distributed to designated beneficiaries within 10 years after the death of the employee plan participant or IRA owner., Important Change Made by the 2019 SECURE Act to RMD Rules, Individuals -Estate Planning
    • June 2018 Client Alert: On June 21, 2018, the US Supreme Court in the case of South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. upheld a South Dakota law that redefined the substantial nexus test. The new test changes the focus for establishing state sales tax nexus. Now, the requirement to collect taxes for sales into a particular state is no longer based upon having a physical presence in such state. The new law focuses more on a volume of sales test and will force many more internet retailers to begin collecting sales taxes, Landmark Supreme Court Sales Tax Decision Affects Many Online Retailers, Other Businesses, Retailers
    • December 2017 Client Alert: On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed into law the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017. One of the most important provisions of the Act provides a significant new deduction applicable to pass-through entities. This Client Alert explores the new deduction, including various limitations on its applicability, New Deduction Applicable to Pass-Through Entities, Government Contracting, Other Businesses, Technology
    • This December 2016 Client Alert discusses a recently enacted statute, the Defend Trade Secrets Act ("DTSA"). DTSA provides companies with additional weapons to use in protecting trade secrets but also requires certain notifications in order to use the full arsenal of weapons, The Defend Trade Secrets Act, Government Contracting, Other Businesses, Technology
    • June 2016 Article: New Section 409A and the accompanying Prop. Regs. substantially tighten the tax rules governing non-qualified deferred compensation. Failure to comply with these rules can cause immediate taxation of the amount deferred, plus interest and penalties, Coping with the Strict New Rules on Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation, Government Contracting, Other Businesses, Technology
    • This May 2015 Client Alert discusses (1) recent activity by the EEOC in attacking employee termination agreements (putting at risk agreements that require an employee to waive the right to participate in EEOC proceedings) and (2) upcoming important changes to the white-collar exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the effect of which will probably lead to employers having to pay overtime to more employees, EEOC Attacking Employee Release Agreements and Upcoming Changes to the FLSA, Government Contracting, Other Businesses, Technology
    • This September 2013 Client Alert explores the recent expansion of the scope of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act ("HIPAA") and its potential implications for information technology companies and other business associates, THE HIPAA OMNIBUS FINAL RULE AND ITS POTENTIAL APPLICATION TO INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES, Government Contracting, Other Businesses, Technology
    • This July 2013 Client Alert discusses a one-year extension of the employer mandate and related provisions of the Affordable Care Act, One-Year Extension of the ACA Employer Mandate, Government Contracting, Other Businesses, Technology
    • This June 2013 Client Alert discusses some of the key obligations of employers under the employer mandate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the "ACA"), Understanding the ACA Employer Mandate, Government Contracting, Other Businesses, Technology
    • This May 2012 Client Alert discusses Virginia's recent adoption of a trust statute allowing for protection of a grantor's assets and Maryland's recent adoption of tenants by the entireties trust statute, New Creditor Protection Techniques in Virginia and Maryland, Government Contracting, Individuals, Other Businesses, Technology
    • This November 2011 Client Alert provides a discussion of the view of the courts in Virginia on various issues concerning non-competes and confidentiality agreements, Discussion of Recent Virginia Decisions Concerning Non-Competes, Government Contracting, Other Businesses, Technology
    • March 2010 Article: Many people lack adequate estate plans because the need for an estate plan was never properly described or understood. This document describes the benefits of an estate plan in an easy-to-read question and answer format, The Importance of an Estate Plan, Government Contracting, Individuals, Other Businesses, Technology
    • This December 2007 Client Alert discusses some important developments in estate planning that may necessitate changes in your documents, Recent Developments in Estate Planning, Government Contracting, Individuals, Other Businesses, Technology
    • June of 2006 Client Alert: The American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 enacted a new Internal Revenue Code Section (409A) that significantly changes the manner in which deferred compensation is taxed. The Client Alert discusses the changes made by Section 409A, New Rules on Taxation of Deferred Compensation, Government Contracting, Other Businesses, Technology
    • August 2003 Client Alert and Article: The issues faced in drafting a buy-sell agreement are complex and difficult. This Article analyzes some of the key concerns, such as the purpose of the agreement, the types of agreements, and methods for determining the price of the stock, Buy-Sell Agreements, Government Contracting, Other Businesses, Technology
    • August 2003 Client Alert: While the use of finders is widespread, issuers need to be alert for two potential problems. First, an issuer may not rely upon an exemption from securities registration if the finder does not strictly follow all applicable requirements for the exemption. Second, an issuer may not be able to utilize a planned exemption as a result of using a finder that should be but is not registered as a broker, A Cautionary Note in the Use of Finders to Raise Capital, Government Contracting, Other Businesses, Technology
    • April 1999 Client Alert: Congress adopted the Fair Labor Standards Act (the "FLSA") in the late 1930's as part of President Roosevelt's New Deal to produce higher levels of employment among the adult work force, Understanding the FLSA and its Overtime Pay Requirements, Government Contracting, Other Businesses, Technology

    Educational Background:

    • American University, Washington, D.C., Bachelor of Science cum laude - May, 1989, Major: Accounting, Major: Management Information Systems 

    Industry Groups

    • Government Contractors
    • Individuals
    • Technology
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    Office Location for Scott A. Dondershine

    2100 Reston Parkway
    Suite 370
    Reston, VA 20191

    Phone: 703-264-2220

    Fax: 703-264-2226

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