E. Scott Austin

E. Scott Austin: Attorney with Gentry Locke Attorneys
  • Partner at Gentry Locke Attorneys
  • SunTrust Plaza, 10 Franklin Road SE, Suite 900, Roanoke, VA 24011
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Scott Austin is a member of Gentry Locke’s Criminal & Government Investigations practice group. Scott has tried numerous criminal and civil jury trials in both Federal and State courts throughout Virginia, handling complex litigation matters including white collar fraud, public corruption and tax evasion. Recently, Scott represented a former food company executive in a nationally publicized, two-month jury trial in federal district court. Scott performs corporate internal investigations and is Chair of the firm’s Workers’ Compensation practice group. Scott is admitted to practice law in both Virginia and the District of Columbia.

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What is key to a successful case?

A client’s case is about the facts, the law, and how the case is presented. The common denominator for success is preparation - one area where Gentry Locke excels. The most important part of being a lawyer is sincerity. Growing up in a family of lawyers, I learned that through sincerity, you build trust and respect. This is particularly important in criminal cases where the facts are often challenging.

I understand you are from a long line of lawyers. Did you consider an alternate career?

No. I have known from an early age that I wanted to be a lawyer. I was raised in a family of lawyers. I even married a lawyer.

Before you head into work each day, what is the one thing you will not skip?

Spending time with my son while he eats breakfast. It’s the best part of my day.


•Representation of client in qui tam/False Claims Act case that resulted in the largest settlement in the Commonwealth of Virginia in 2018
•Successful representation of corporate client before the United States Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations
•Representation of numerous individual and corporate criminal defendants in federal and state courts
•Representation of former food company executive in a two-month jury trial in federal court involving several million documents and multiple federal and state government agencies
•Representation of State of Oregon in litigation arising from tobacco settlement
•Representation of individual and corporate defendants in RICO case arising from allocation of FEMA disaster relief funds
•Representation of individual in alleged domestic terrorism case
•Representation of a County Administrator charged with embezzlement
•Representation of an individual in complex, multi-million dollar wrongful death action
•Representation of physician in case involving alleged euthanasia
•Representation of defendant in large mortgage fraud conspiracy
•Representation of defendant in alleged murder for hire
•Representation of building contractors in Federal RICO action
•Representation of a national trucking client in Federal qui tam action

Case Studies

The results of client matters depend on a variety of factors unique to each matter. Past successes do not predict or guarantee future successes.
•Mar 7, 2014 - Defense of Explosive Products Liability Case



•Named in “Top Attorneys in the Roanoke Valley” by Roanoker Magazine (2011-2012)
•Named to Super Lawyers Business Edition US in the area of Criminal Defense/White Collar (2012)
•Designated as a Virginia Super Lawyer in the Criminal Defense White Collar category by Super Lawyers magazine(2011)
•Designated as one of the Virginia’s Legal Elite in the Young Lawyer category (2006) and Criminal Law category (2007) by Virginia Business magazine
•Named in “Best Lawyers in the Roanoke Valley” by Roanoker Magazine (2006)

Published Work

Managing White Collar Legal Issues, Chapter 13, Tools for Combating White Collar Crime: Utilizing the FBI and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Thompson Reuters/Aspatore (2008).
•Co-author, When are Your Premises “Vacant” for Purposes of Insurance Coverage?, J. Civ. Lit., Spring 2008.


•Gentry Locke Lawyers Featured in National Publications in Major Criminal Trial and Sentencing (United States v. Stewart Parnell)
Sep 2015
•Proposed Sentencing Unprecedented for Food Industry Executive
Jul 2015
•Peanut Corporation of America Trial Update
Aug 2014
•Ethical Issues Arising From Governmental Investigations and Potential Criminal Charges Under the Park Doctrine
May 2014
•Consenting to Search Has Never Been Easier: The Supreme Court's Expansion of Warrantless Searches
Mar 2014
•Defense of Explosive Products Liability Case The results of client matters depend on a variety of factors unique to each matter. Past successes do not predict or guarantee future successes.
Case Studies
Mar 2014
•The Early Bird Gets the Worm: How Getting Out Ahead of the Government Can Really Pay Off
Dec 2012
•Super Lawyers Business Edition US Lists Thirteen Gentry Locke Attorneys
Sep 2012
•Maintaining Your Most Important Equipment: Tires
Jun 2007
•The Import of McGuinn
Oct 2006

Areas of Practice (9)

  • Criminal & Government Investigations
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Criminal Implications
  • Government Investigations
  • Food Safety and Food Industry Defense
  • Arson & Fraud Claims
  • Intentional Torts
  • Insurance Defense

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
540-983-9393  Phone
540-983-9400  Fax
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 40013, Roanoke, VA 24011
University Attended:
University of Richmond, B.A., honors graduate, 1994
Law School Attended:
College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law, J.D., 1997
Year of First Admission:
1997, Virginia


•Chair, Board of Directors, Council of Community Services (2006-2008)
•Executive Board, Council of Community Services (2002 to 2010)
•Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
•Member, Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
•Member, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
•Member, Criminal Law Section, Virginia Bar Association
•Member, National Moot Court Competition Board, Virginia Bar Association (2001)
•Member, American Bar Association
•Member, The Virginia Bar Association
•Member, Roanoke Bar Association
•Member, Virginia State Bar
•Member, District of Columbia Bar

Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa and MasterCard
  • Fixed Hourly Rates
  • Fixed Fees Available

Peer Reviews

4.6/5.0 (8 reviews)
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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Sole Practitioner on 01/03/14 in Workers Compensation Defense

    As a claimant's attorney in workers' compensation cases, I have had dealings over the course of many years with Scott Austin in his capacity as employer's counsel. Scott is a first-rate litigator and adheres to the highest ethical standards.

    As a claimant's attorney in workers' compensation cases, I have had dealings over the course of many years with Scott Austin in his capacity as employer's counsel. Scott is a first-rate litigator and adheres to the highest ethical standards. Read less

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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Member on 01/03/14 in White Collar Crime

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