A 1995 graduate of the George Mason University School of Law, Amy Ashworth started her career as an Associate Attorney with Farrell and Croft, P.C. She left in 1997 and started her own practice handling domestic relations and family law cases. While in private practice, she was hired by the City of Manassas Park and the Town of Haymarket as prosecutor for misdemeanor and traffic offenses. In 2005, she left private practice and joined the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney as a full-time prosecutor.
As an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney for Prince William County, Ms. Ashworth handled hundreds of cases involving domestic and child abuse, juvenile criminal issues and traffic charges. She was ultimately assigned to the Special Victim’s Unit. As a member of the SVU prosecution team, Ms. Ashworth oversaw the investigation and prosecution of serious and violent sexual and physical abuse cases including rape, forcible sodomy, aggravated sexual battery, child pornography, and use of computer device to solicit minors. Most notably, Ms. Ashworth prosecuted the East Coast Rapist and Prince Perkins.
Ms. Ashworth is also an adjunct professor at George Mason University, teaching both Family Law and Criminal Courts at the undergraduate level. She has been teaching since 2005 and as noted by her students, “is extremely intelligent” and “knows her stuff,” but “do not underestimate her.”
In returning to private practice, Ms. Ashworth combines ten years of family law experience and twenty years of criminal prosecution to bring to her clients an unmatched level of service. Her tried and true litigation experience in the criminal courts is unmatched by most family law attorneys. Having handled over seventy jury trials and successfully negotiated numerous plea bargains, Ms. Ashworth knows the ins and outs of the criminal justice system from both the prosecution side and the defense side. She is not afraid to take a case to trial and will not encourage a settlement that is not in her client's best interests. Her insight into the strengths and weaknesses of a criminal investigation can make the difference in presenting a successful defense.
To family law, Ms. Ashworth brings her experience as a children's Guardian ad litem and her compassion for children to help those going through a custody battle make the decisions that are best for their family. Ms. Ashworth also brings a strong accounting and analytical approach when dealing with issues of property distribution and support. Combining those skills with her experience as a litigator, she is a strong advocate for you both in the courtroom and in negotiation.