Johnda Scott is a native of Trenton, New Jersey. She is a graduate of Douglass College at Rutgers University where she received a degree in Political Science. She received her Law Degree from George Washington University.
Johnda has practiced law for over 19 years. She began her litigation career committed to serving indigent criminal defendants with the Commonwealth of Virginia Office of the Public Defender from 2000 to 2004, where she defended both adults and juveniles in all matters from traffic offenses to Class 1 felonies. After leaving the Office of the Public Defender, she worked in private practice as an associate with the law firm of Julian Johnson, Ltd., where she added family law, bankruptcy and estate work to her case work, while continuing to specialize in the representation of juveniles in criminal matters, Child In Need of Services (CHINS) cases, and as a Court Appointed Guardian Ad Litem. During her tenure at Julian Johnson Ltd., Ms. Scott also served as special counsel for individuals committed involuntarily committed at Snowden in Fredericksburg.
Ms. Scott opened her own Law Firm in Prince William County in 2008, where she handled general practice matters with an emphasis on criminal law and domestic relations, continuing to specialize in matters involving juveniles.
Mrs. Scott remains active in the community having served in various regional and national positions in Jack and Jill of America, Inc. She has served for the last 5 years as President of the Manassas-Woodbridge, VA Chapter of the organization. She is a Lifetime Member of Girl Scouts of USA; member of First Mt. Zion Baptist Church where she co-founded and directed the Dance Ministry for 15 years; a previous member of the Executive Board of the Old Dominion Bar Association; a member of the Board of Directors of the Woodbridge Dance Company; and a member of the Board of Directors of the Speak Out! Cancer Foundation, a cause near and dear to her heart as she is a Breast Cancer Survivor of over 5 years.
An avid writer, Johnda is an active blogger, running a daily site that reaches a growing membership of over 700 and she is currently working on her first book. She is also a sought after public speaker on topics including child loss and recovery, and topics involving young people, including her original presentations, “A Day in the Life of a Middle Schooler” chronicling the many things young people do every day that could lead to involvement with the criminal justice system and “Making the Connection: Networking for Young People in the Social Network Age”.
Ms. Scott brings a wealth of legal and life experience to her compassionate, yet practical and zealous representation of clients in the Northern Virginia area.