Virginia's Family Attorney

Thomas Ashton

Making critical, life-altering decisions through the haze of emotional turmoil is exhausting.

Even though I witnessed my parents’ separation and divorce as a child, and had represented clients in hundreds of divorce and custody cases over more than a decade of practice, my world was still rocked when my marriage broke down. Making even the smallest decisions became difficult.

My experience has only driven me to work even harder for my clients – to provide the guidance, assistance, and knowledge they need to take control of their situation and make decisions that will get them through the tremendous upheaval in their lives.

Virginia's Family Attorney

Thomas Ashton

Virginia's Family Attorney

Thomas Ashton

Tom went above and beyond for us and dug us out of a really awful situation. I couldn't be more appreciative of his help.

- Erika J.

Making critical, life-altering decisions through the haze of emotional turmoil is exhausting.

Even though I witnessed my parents’ separation and divorce as a child, and had represented clients in hundreds of divorce and custody cases over more than a decade of practice, my world was still rocked when my marriage broke down. Making even the smallest decisions became difficult.

My experience has only driven me to work even harder for my clients – to provide the guidance, assistance, and knowledge they need to take control of their situation and make decisions that will get them through the tremendous upheaval in their lives.

Family law has significantly affected my life almost from the beginning, and from an early age, I knew that I wanted to help people navigate this extremely complex and consequential period of their lives.

While in law school, I did a clinical externship in a Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. I saw hundreds of custody, support, juvenile and domestic criminal cases. After graduating, part of my practice at my first job was handling much of the firm’s family law docket.

I quickly learned that one of the best ways to help my clients prepare for their divorce cases was to encourage them to align their thoughts, words, and deeds to the strategy that will accomplish their goals – then prepare from day 1 to meet those objectives.

As a family law attorney, I regularly meet with people at their lowest point and have to explain some of the law’s harsh realities and provide them with direction.

But going through a divorce and custody negotiations myself really opened my eyes to the emotional, financial and logistical struggles of a divorcing parent.

At the end of the day, my goal is to reduce my clients’ fear of the unknown and remove some of the mental “clutter” of unanswered legal and procedural questions.

For most folks, having a plan in place helps improve their decision-making and makes the whole process less unpleasant.

Sometimes that’s through a prenuptial agreement. Sometimes it’s through a custody agreement. And sometimes it’s through a traditional divorce.

If I can help my clients save a little time, money and heartache on their way to rebuilding their lives, I know I’ve done my job.

Licensing and certificates

  • National Trial Advocacy College, University of Virginia, 2008

Education

  • T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond, Juris Doctor, Law, 2002 – 2005
  • Hampden-Sydney College, B.A, Political Science, 1998 – 2002
    • Activities and societies: Varsity Soccer
    • Graduated cum laude,  4-year Varsity letterman in Soccer, Bert Miller Leadership Award Winner, Varsity Tennis team manager, Inducted in National Political Science Honors Society

Accolades and major cases

  • Worked with the U.S. Air Force to prevent “international incidents,” securing extraordinary remedies from the Pentagon to help more than 200 civilian contractors keep their jobs
  • Secured a rescission on appeal of a separation and property settlement agreement on behalf of a non-English speaker whose Husband coerced her into signing it by threatening deportation back to her home country
  • Several published and unpublished appellate decisions in Virginia and federal courts, including the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • FY17 Outstanding Civilian of the Year in Operational Contracting, Issued by United States Air Force – 366 CONS, Dec 2017
  • 366 CONS Sharp Shooter Award, Issued by United States Air Force – 366 CONS, Jan 2017

Memberships and Committees

  • Inns of Court local chapter member

Licensing and certificates

  • National Trial Advocacy College, University of Virginia, 2008

Education

  • T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond, Juris Doctor, Law, 2002 – 2005
  • Hampden-Sydney College, B.A, Political Science, 1998 – 2002
    • Activities and societies: Varsity Soccer
    • Graduated cum laude,  4-year Varsity letterman in Soccer, Bert Miller Leadership Award Winner, Varsity Tennis team manager, Inducted in National Political Science Honors Society

Accolades and major cases

  • Worked with the U.S. Air Force to prevent “international incidents,” securing extraordinary remedies from the Pentagon to help more than 200 civilian contractors keep their jobs
  • Secured a rescission on appeal of a separation and property settlement agreement on behalf of a non-English speaker whose Husband coerced her into signing it by threatening deportation back to her home country
  • Several published and unpublished appellate decisions in Virginia and federal courts, including the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • FY17 Outstanding Civilian of the Year in Operational Contracting, Issued by United States Air Force – 366 CONS, Dec 2017
  • 366 CONS Sharp Shooter Award, Issued by United States Air Force – 366 CONS, Jan 2017

Memberships and Committees

  • Inns of Court local chapter member

The right advocate at the right time

20

Awards & Honors Received

600

Cases Handled

1500

People Helped
…and counting