Scott McIntosh, Partner


Scott McIntosh, Washington, D.C. office chair of the Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group, is a franchise law attorney possessing significant experience dealing with the most complex cases among the business, litigation, and regulatory issues that confront franchising companies. He certainly and routinely helps to resolve common, discrete disputes between franchisors and franchisees, but when issues rise to the level of class actions, multiparty disputes, and matters spanning litigation and binding arbitration at the same time—concerning multiple combinations of parties on each side, all in varying phases of resolution—Scott is an invaluable resource. He manages all the logistics, maintains consistency across all the actions pertaining to the matter, and retains control of the costs while pursuing the best possible outcomes for his clients. Scott has practiced in state and federal courts, at both the trial court and appellate levels, and has arbitrated cases before various arbitral bodies, including the American Arbitration Association, JAMS, and United States Arbitration & Mediation.

Scott has successfully represented clients in responding to inquiries and investigations into potential violations of federal or state franchise statutes and regulations by the Federal Trade Commission and various state attorney general offices. He also counsels clients on franchise relations, terminations, transfers, and regulatory compliance. His experience includes preparation of franchise and license agreements, area development agreements, numerous collateral agreements, and disclosure materials for domestic and international development. He has created documents for a variety of franchise business transactions, including the creation of advertising cooperatives and the sale of a domestic subfranchisor’s assets.

Scott deeply values long-term, comprehensive relationships with his clients, which last for the life of their businesses. He can provide the greatest value to them by participating in their day-to-day and year-to-year operations, understanding and adding to the texture of their businesses and enhancing the decision-making processes that underlie informed judgments and lead to positive results. In this way, he minimizes legal costs and actions alike, more often applying an ongoing light touch to help steer the ship rather than an occasional heavy hand to correct its course.

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business (Certificate of Executive Management, 2013)
  • Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., cum laude, 1998)
    • Georgetown International Environmental Law Journal (Articles Editor)
    • Legal Research & Writing Program (Law Fellow)
  • Georgetown University (M.S., 1998)
  • University of California, Los Angeles (B.A., magna cum laude, 1993)
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia

Professional and Civic Activities

  • American Bar Association (Member)

Professional Recognition

  • Named to The International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers by Who’s Who Legal (2013–present)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® (2009–present: Franchise Law)
  • Profiled as one of the up-and-coming attorneys in the franchise bar by Franchise Times magazine, June/July 2001
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2013–2017 Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers® lists (Franchise/Dealership)
  • Certified Franchise Executive by the Institute of Certified Franchise Executives (2012)