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William D. Ashwell

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Areas of Practice

  • Litigation
  • Trust & Estate Planning
  • Appellate Law
  • Business & Commercial
  • Land Use and Zoning

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 2012
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Virginia
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America


  • University of Dayton School of Law, Dayton, Ohio
    • J.D. - 2012
    • Honors: Moot Court - Team Member, 2010-2011
  • Hampden-Sydney College, Hampden-Sydney, Virginia
    • B.A. - 2008
    • Major: English

Representative Cases

  • United States v. Bosyk, 933 F.3d 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).


  • Land Use and Zoning: Navigate Land Use/Zoning Regulations, Permitting Issues, Disputes and More; National Business Institute, 07/20/2017 to 07/20/2017
  • How to Get Your Social Media, Email and Text Evidence Admitted (and Keep Theirs Out), National Business Institute, 10/31/2017 to Present
  • Protecting Your Business, Family and Future, Greater Piedmont REALTORS, 02/21/2018 to 02/21/2018
  • Local Government Law - Start to Finish; Government Attorney Ethics - Protect Your Client and Yourself, National Business Institute, 02/23/2018 to 02/23/2018
  • Road and Easement Law A to Z: Establishing Easements; National Business Institute, 04/09/2018 to 04/09/2018
  • Take a Comprehensive Look at Land Use Law; National Business Institute, 07/10/2018 to 07/10/2018
  • Ethics in Land Use Law; National Business Institute, 07/10/2018 to 07/10/2018
  • How to Lay a Foundation to Get Your Evidence Introduced; Applying Ethics Rules to Evidence; National Business Institute, October 30, 2018
  • Defining Easements and Ethics in Boundary Law; National Business Institute, April 15, 2019
  • Real Estate Boot Camp and Ethics, National Business Institute, 04/19/2019 to Present
  • Land Use and Zoning from Start to Finish: Ethics in Land Use and Zoning Law, National Business Institute, September 10, 2019
  • Handling Email, Social Media and Other ESI; The Rules of Evidence: A Practical Toolkit, National Business Institute, 10/31/2019 to 10/31/2019

Honors and Awards

  • Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Star

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Virginia State Bar
  • Virginia State Bar, 7th District Disciplinary Committee
  • Fauquier Bar Association

Pro Bono Activities

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