CowanGates | Attorney | Scott Stovall

Scott Stovall


Scott Stovall joined CowanGates in 2004. His practice focuses on estate planning, including estate tax planning, wills, trusts, and special needs trusts; trust and estate administration; elder law; guardianship and conservatorship matters; commercial and residential real estate; and corporate and business law.

Scott represents estate planning clients in matters ranging from the most basic estate plans to complex estate plans, including plans involving multi-generational planning, estate tax mitigation, planning for disabled individuals and their families, and succession planning. In his business practice, Scott represents individuals and businesses throughout Virginia in a wide array of industries including retail, commercial, and industrial sales, commercial lending, property development and management, real estate, construction manufacturing, financial services, insurance, IT, dentistry and medicine, and with respect to matters involving formation and governance of corporations and limited liability companies, succession planning, asset and equity purchase and sale transactions, non-profit organizations, real estate acquisition, review and/or drafting of contracts and agreements, and other legal matters. He also represents sellers, purchasers, and developers in residential and commercial real estate transactions and related issues such as real estate development, construction and permanent financing, contracts, covenants, easements, and leases.

CowanGates | Attorney | Scott Stovall

Scott Stovall


“Can’t recommend CowanGates enough. Scott was a huge help with our family’s real estate needs. The entire CowanGates team is professional, thorough and friendly!”

Allison T., Real Estate Client

“The word ‘professionalism’ can best describe the estate planning team at CowanGates.  As a former Probate Deputy Clerk in a local Circuit Court and having worked with Mike, Scott, and Amy for nearly seven years, their vast knowledge, experience, and efficiency of providing the necessary estate administration information always ensures a smooth process for their clients. I highly recommend using CowanGates for all of your estate planning needs.”

CowanGates Client

“For many years I had a wonderful attorney for both my business and personal law firm needs. When he announced his retirement, I was devastated to say the least.

CowanGates, had handled some of my real estate dealings in the past and had done a fantastic job. I decided to hire them as my personal and business law firm.

It was the correct decision, as they have been great to work with!  All the attorneys are knowledgeable, patient, and attentive. I can call Mr. Mike Hall and Mr. Scott Stovall with any questions or problems I might need help solving and they advise me in the best way to benefit my business and me.

From Janice, who welcomes you into their office like you are walking into someone’s living room, to Frank Cowan, and Rusty Gates, who are the dynamic leaders, that no matter where in town you see them act like you are their best friend.

I would highly recommend CowanGates to anyone that is looking for a well-rounded law firm that can handle anything from small personal issues to larger more complex situations that a small business may be involved with. Not only can they be a full service law firm, but also they pay attention to detail and get your issues completed in a professional and speedy manner.”

Denise M., CowanGates Client
CowanGates | Attorney | Scott Stovall

Scott Stovall

  • Elder Law
  • Estate Planning (Wills and Trusts)
  • Estate Tax Planning
  • Estate Administration and Probate
  • Corporate and Business Law
  • Contract and Lease Drafting and Negotiation
  • Guardianships and Conservatorships
  • Residential and Commercial Real Estate Law
  • Succession Planning
  • Virginia, 2004
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia 2006

University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law, Richmond, Virginia, 2004

  • Honors: Magna Cum Laude; McNeill Honor Society Member; Charles T. Norman Award (Best All-Around Graduating Law Student)
  • Law Review: University of Richmond Law Review, Editor, 2002 – 2004

Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia, 2001
B.S., Marketing

  • Honors: Cum Laude; Student of the Year in Marketing and Business Law

Hampden-Sydney College, Hampden-Sydney, Virginia, 1997-1999

  • Science Museum of Virginia Foundation, Treasurer and Board of Directors Member
  • Estate Planning Council of Richmond, Member
  • Huguenot Trail Rotary Club, Two-time Past President and Member
  • Midlothian Athletic Association – Coach for MAA Football
CowanGates | Attorney | Scott Stovall

Scott Stovall


Virginia Super Lawyers, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 (Estate Planning & Probate) 

Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 (Estate Planning & Probate)

American Institute Of Legal Counsel’s 10 Best Estate Planning Attorneys in Virginia for Client Satisfaction, 2018