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P. Scott DeBruin


Professional bio/Resume

2010 – Present

P. Scott De Bruin, P.C.: Successor firm to De Bruin & Layne, PC 

1995 – 2010

De Bruin & Layne, P.C.: General Practice of Law, with emphasis on Criminal Defense in State and Federal courts including capital defense; Domestic Relations; and civil litigation, Juvenile & Domestic experience including custody and support cases, abuse and neglect, foster care, and adoptions

1991 – 1995

Joseph R.Johnson, Jr. & Associates: General Practice of Law, including Criminal Defense, Domestic Relations, and Civil Litigation

1987 – 1991

Patten, Wornom & Watkins: General Practice of Law specializing in Personal Injury and Worker’s Compensation


  • Certified for Capital Defense
  • Indigent Adult and Juvenile Criminal Defense
  • Guardian ad Litem
  • Felonies, Misdemeanors, and Federal Criminal Practice

Specialized Training

  • Drug Court Pilot Program
  • Foster Care-Best Practices
  • Court Improvement Program for Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court
  • Children In the Middle

Professional Licenses

  • Virginia State Bar (1987)
  • Federal Court, Eastern and Western District of Virginia
  • Maryland State Bar (inactive, 1986)


  • Lynchburg Bar
  • Amherst/Nelson Bar, Family Law Section and Criminal Law Section
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers


  • Lehigh University: 1983, B.A. Government
  • American University, Washington College of Law: J.D. 1986

Civic Organizations

  • Izaak Walton League of Lynchburg
  • Nelson County Special Education Parent Advisory Board

Contact Info

P. Scott DeBruin has more than 30 years of legal experience.

Contact Information

P. Scott DeBruin434-847-3225
Lynchburg and LovingstonVA

Practice Areas

DUI & Traffic Violations

We provide aggressive representation if you have a DUI or another traffic violation in Virginia, working to have charges dismissed or reduced.

Criminal Law

We handle traffic violations, reckless driving, speeding, DUIs, and driving under the influence matters, drug possession and distribution, and all serious felonies and misdemeanors.

Civil Litigation

We assist clients with a range of general legal matters, including personal injury, construction litigation, lemon law issues, and wills in Virginia.