Scott D. Helsel
Scott D. Helsel handles litigation matters in the federal, state, and local courts of Virginia and the District of Columbia. Throughout his more than 20-year career, he has handled a wide variety of litigation matters, representing clients in real estate and eminent domain cases, employment disputes, business and contract litigation, cases involving land use and environmental issues, and cases involving medical and scientific issues.
Mr. Helsel has a special interest in appellate work. He was privileged to begin his career by serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Henry H. Whiting on the Supreme Court of Virginia. He has handled a number of appeals in the Supreme Court of Virginia, including arguing four cases before the full Court, most recently in Funny Guy, LLC v. Lecego, LLC, a significant res judicata case in which he secured for his client a 4-3 affirmance of the trial court’s ruling. He also has handled appeals in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. He has been recognized by Virginia Business as being among the “Legal Elite” in Virginia appellate law in 2015 and 2016.
Mr. Helsel is a co-author of a chapter in the the upcoming revision to “Eminent Domain Law in Virginia,” which is published by Virginia CLE, and he served on the faculty at several continuing legal education courses concerning eminent domain and inverse condemnation law.
Before joining Walton & Adams as a principal in 2003, Mr. Helsel practiced law at Arnold & Porter (now Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP), where he received “big-firm” training and represented clients in federal and state trial and appellate courts nationwide.
Mr. Helsel graduated magna cum laude from Elizabethtown College in 1992 with a B.A. in English. He received his J.D. in 1995 from the Marshall Wythe School of Law at The College of William & Mary, where he was a member of the William & Mary Law Review, the Moot Court team, and The Order of the Coif.
Mr. Helsel is a member of the Virginia State Bar and the District of Columbia Bar, and is also admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.