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Our Local Counsel Practice in Northern Virginia

Caulkins & Bruce’s litigation attorneys have extensive experience with the local rules and practices in the federal and state courts serving the Washington, DC area.  Our attorneys are known by the judges and court staff.  Large national firms and in-house corporate counsel frequently turn to the firm’s lawyers in Northern Virginia to serve as local counsel or as a resource for information for complex litigation in those courts.

Federal Courts

Caulkins & Bruce attorneys serve as local counsel in all of the federal district and appellate courts in the Washington, D.C. metro area, including the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (“EDVA”), the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Most notably, our attorneys regularly practice in the United States District Court Eastern District of Virginia’s local division in Alexandria, VA.  Known as the “Rocket Docket”, the EDVA holds the distinction of having the fastest civil trial docket of any federal district court in the country.  It is extremely important for local counsel practicing in the EDVA to be well-versed in the Court’s local rules and procedures as well as the policies of each judge’s chambers.  Caulkins & Bruce lawyers have over 35 years of combined experience practicing in the EDVA.  As a past president and an active member of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, Scott Caulkins maintains strong ties to the EDVA and stays abreast of developments in the Court’s practices and procedures.

State Courts

The attorneys of Caulkins & Bruce serve as local counsel in Northern Virginia state courts (including the Circuit and General District Courts for the City of Alexandria, Arlington County, Fairfax County, Prince William County and Loudoun County), the District of Columbia (including the Civil Action and Landlord & Tenant Branches of the D.C. Superior Court, and the DC Court of Appeals), and Maryland (including the District and Circuit Courts in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties).

Caulkins & Bruce attorneys are particularly knowledgeable and experienced in the local procedures of the City of Alexandria, Arlington County, Loudoun County and Fairfax County General District and Circuit Courts.  The Fairfax County Circuit Court is the busiest circuit court in Virginia and it is imperative for local counsel to be familiar with its unique local rules and procedures.  Over the years, our lawyers have tried many cases in the Fairfax County General District and Circuit Courts and are familiar with the rules and procedures of those Courts.

Respected local attorneys in VA and DC courts

Caulkins & Bruce, PC attorneys have served as both lead and local counsel in numerous complex commercial actions before state and federal courts in Virginia and the District of Columbia. Conveniently located in close proximity to the Arlington County Courthouse, Fairfax County Courthouse, Loudoun County Circuit Court and the Alexandria Division of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The firm offers flexible scheduling by special arrangement. Call the office toll-free at 1-888-558-5799 or complete the online contact form to schedule an initial consultation to discuss your legal issue with an experienced attorney.

Representative Matters
  • "Obtained a judgment for condominium association in excess of $1 million against developer of condominium in Fairfax County."

  • "Defended an officer of a government contractor in a case involving enforcement of a non-competition agreement."

  • "Defended and achieved favorable settlement of wrongful termination and discrimination claims brought in United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia."

  • "Served as outside counsel to several franchisors, prepared franchise agreements, franchise disclosure documents and state franchise registrations, and counseled franchisors regarding franchise compliance issues."

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