M. Scott Bucci


Trial-Seasoned Richmond Personal Injury Lawyer

Scott Bucci focuses his practice on catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death. He has tried a wide variety of cases, including automobile accident, premises liability, products liability and construction dispute cases. Other lawyers frequently bring Scott in as co-counsel on significant, complex cases, particularly in the area of premises/retailer liability, an area of the law Scott has developed a particular expertise in.

Scott has received an ‘AV® Preeminent’ rating from the Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory. He has also been recognized in Best Lawyers in America - Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs, as well as in SuperLawyers Magazine in the category of Plaintiff’s Personal Injury, and as a ‘Legal Elite’ in Virginia Business Magazine in the category of Civil Litigation and as a top 100 trial lawyer in Virginia by The National Trial Lawyers.

Scott has tried over 125 civil cases to verdict in over 25 jurisdictions throughout Virginia. He frequently represents clients in federal courts in the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia. His familiarity and comfort with the unique rules of the Eastern District of Virginia, known as the “Rocket Docket,” gives his clients a distinct advantage in that forum.

Prior to joining Cantor Stoneburner Ford Grana & Buckner, Scott founded Bucci & Dix, PLLC. Prior to that Scott was a partner at a boutique civil litigation firm located in downtown Richmond. He has represented a variety of corporations and insurance companies in lawsuits throughout Virginia. In particular, Scott was trial counsel for Wal-Mart for over 7 years in state and federal courts, and in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Scott graduated with High Honors from the George Mason University School of Law in 1998. He worked as a law clerk for the Virginia Beach Circuit Court after graduation from law school. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Virginia, and was awarded the Malcolm H. Kerr scholarship to study the Middle East in Cairo, Egypt.

Scott has lived in the Richmond area since 1999. He resides in Midlothian with his wife, Melissa, and their two twin sons, Hays and Leo, and their bulldog, Bogart.

Contact Scott: sbucci@virginiatrialfirm.com


  • J.D., George Mason University (1998), with high honors
  • B.A., University of Virginia (1995)

Bar Admission

  • Virginia, 1998

Court Admissions

  • Virginia Supreme Court (and all state courts)
  • U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia

Previous Experience

  • Bucci & Dix, PLLC, Executive Director (2007 – 2015)
  • Morris & Morris, P.C., Partner (1999 – 2007)
  • Virginia Beach Circuit Court, Law Clerk, (1998 – 1999)
  • Thompson & Waldron, P.C., Law Clerk, (1997 – 1998)


  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards
  • Best Lawyers in America - Personal Injury Litigation Plaintiffs, 2015, 2016
  • Virginia Super Lawyers, Top 50 in Richmond, Top 100 in Virignia, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Virginia Super Lawyers, selected by Law & Politics, since 2009
  • Lewis Powell Inn of Court


  • Journal of International Legal Studies, Editorial Board, “The Terrorism Exception to the FSIA.” Spring 1997.
  • Truck Accident

    $15 Million

    In this hotly contested truck accident case, we achieved the highest settlement in Virginia for 2017, as reported by Virginia Lawyers Weekly.

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  • Wrongful Death

    $5.187 Million Settlement

    Plaintiff’s decedent, a 22-year-old college student, died during a dental procedure in a newly renovated dental office. During construction, the oxygen and nitrous oxide lines had been switched in error. The case involved 10 defendants. The decedent is survived by his parents and 20-year-old sister

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  • Truck Accident

    $4 Million Settlement

    The plaintiff, a 32-year-old man, suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of a tractor-trailer collision.

    Liability was conceded. The issue was the extent of damages suffered by the plaintiff. The plaintiff sustained serious injuries, including multiple fractures of the sinus and orbit and subarachnoid and subdural hemorrhages, which kept him out of work for nearly a year. He was left with a permanent loss of smell, some difficulties with executive function, and encephalomalacia in the frontal lobe identified on MRI. Despite the severity of his injuries, plaintiff achieved an excellent recovery and returned to work full-time a year after the accident.

    Plaintiff conducted a focus group with three groups of jurors, which provided valuable insight into the value of the plaintiff’s case. Multiple illustrations of the plaintiff’s injuries were displayed to the jurors, and they clearly indicated that the illustrations were helpful to them to appreciate the extent of the plaintiff’s injuries and to understand the reasons why the plaintiff had some permanent sequelae. Additionally, video clips of the plaintiff and his wife were played for the jurors. The jurors stated that they found these individuals to be strong, credible and compelling witnesses.

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  • Medical Malpractice

    $2.7 Million

    Plaintiff was arrested for public intoxication and taken to a regional jail, to be released upon his own recognizance once sober. Several hours after being booked and while still in custody, plaintiff began experiencing seizures consistent with alcohol withdrawal. Over the course of approximately two hours, guards and nurses with the jail witnessed plaintiff undergo multiple seizures of sustained duration that resulted in, among other things, incoherency, bleeding from the mouth, and loss of bowel function. Despite plaintiff’s deteriorating medical condition 911 was not called until after a magistrate agreed to sign a release order. Upon arrival at the hospital, plaintiff suffered a heart attack as a result of severe metabolic acidosis caused by his seizures and alcohol withdrawal, which in turn resulted in oxygen deprivation and, ultimately, permanent hypoxic encephalopathy.

    (Elliott Buckner, Irv Cantor, Scott Bucci, Stephanie Grana)

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