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Virginia Ashley Paxton


Virginia Ashley Paxton is an attorney in our Fort Lauderdale East office. She earned her law degree from the University of Miami School of Law where she focused her studies on the structure and nature of the adversary system. Before law school, Ms. Paxton honed her analytical and writing skills in an English Master’s program, where she won an award for her published short story, Crocodiles in Commerce. After spending three years analyzing the structure of rhetorical discourse, she was naturally drawn to analyzing the dialogical underpinnings of judicial rulings of law. While in law school, she interned with the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit of Florida and with a judge of the United States Southern District of Florida. Ms. Paxton also served on the International and Comparative Law Review, where she wrote about the impact of constitutional privacy principles on statutory laws governing private actors. Ms. Paxton’s performance in criminal procedure prompted an invitation by her professor to serve as a Dean’s Fellow the following year.

Ms. Paxton was also selected to participate in University of Miami’s Federal Appellate Clinic, and interned at the Juvenile Division of the Office of Criminal Conflict & Civil Regional Counsel in Miami, where she assisted lead counsel in defending arrested juveniles.

Before joining Cole, Scott & Kissane, Ms. Paxton worked in personal injury (third party) litigation and white-collar criminal defense, including fraud, health care fraud, money laundering and conspiracy.


Disposing With a (Not-So) Blunt Instrument, For Privacy’s Sake, 24 U. Miami Int’l & Comp. L. Rev. 99 (2017).

  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D.
  • Florida Atlantic University, Master’s Degree in English
  • University of Georgia, Bachelor’s degree in Consumer Economics and English minor

  • Florida
  • United States Southern District of Florida
  • Broward County Bar Association