William Ashwell

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William D. Ashwell is founding attorney at the law firm of Ashwell & Ashwell, PLLC in Warrenton, Virginia.

Practicing throughout Northern Virginia and the Piedmont region, Mr. Ashwell focuses primarily in civil and criminal litigation, domestic relations, land use and zoning, wills and trusts and appellate advocacy.

“I see my purpose as being the bridge between the court system and my clients, using my knowledge of that system to help them achieve their goals.”  — Will Ashwell

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A Fauquier County native, Mr. Ashwell represents clients in Virginia courts from Alexandria to Richmond, and in federal courts as well.

Winning precedent-setting cases before the Virginia Supreme and federal appeals court has earned Mr. Ashwell recognition among Virginia Top Lawyers and as a Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Star. He is actively engaged with the community as a board member of the Fauquier SPCA and Experience Old Town Warrenton, and is a member of the Fauquier Chamber of Commerce.

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  • University of Dayton School of Law
  • Hampden-Sydney College


  • Fauquier SPCA, Board Member
  • Partnership for Warrenton, Past Board Member
  • Fauquier Chamber of Commerce, Board Member
  • Experience Old Town Warrenton, Chairman


  • Virginia
  • US District Court Eastern District of Virginia
  • US District Court Western District of Virginia
  • US Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • US Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Virginia
  • US Bankruptcy Court Western District of Virginia
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America

Selected to Rising Stars by Super Lawyers: 2017 – 2021

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  • Civil Litigation
  • Criminal Law and DUI
  • Family Law
  • Traffic Violations
  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Land Use & Zoning
  • Real Estate Disputes
  • Wills and Trusts
  • Personal Injury
  • Appeals


  • United States v. Bosyk, 933 F3d 319 (4th Cir. 2019) cert denied, 140 S. Ct. 1124 (U.S. Feb. 24, 2020)(No. 19-860), 2019
  • Shepherd v. Conde, 797 S.E.2d 750 (Va. 2017)
  • Chacey v. Garvey, 781 S.E.2d 357, (Va. 2015)
  • Weatherholt v. Commonwealth, 839 S.E.2d 492 (Va. 2020)
  • Spell v. Commonwealth, 851 S.E.2d 83 (2020)

What’s the likely outcome of your case?

In an initial consultation we can show you what to expect.

To schedule your consultation: (540) 991-9100 or info@ashwell.law