Erin Ashwell is an appellate and litigation attorney working out of the firm’s Roanoke, Va. office. She additionally focuses on counseling Virginia’s public school systems on matters ranging from employment law to truancy, contracts, and special education.  

She represents clients in state and federal litigation, including civil litigation and appeals. She focuses on civil defense and appellate law, with a focus on commercial, domestic, and other appeals before Virginia’s state appellate courts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Prior to joining Woods Rogers, Erin was a lecturer on political science at Hollins University and a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice. She also served as a pro se law clerk for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia and as a law clerk to the Hon. Michael F. Urbanski, then U.S. Magistrate Judge.

Erin has been cited by Virginia Super Lawyers as a Rising Star and has earned the President’s Volunteer Service Award. She is one of Virginia Business magazine’s Legal Elite.

Erin was appointed by the Governor of Virginia to the Virginia Board of Historic Resources in 2017.

She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and cum laude from Harvard Law School. While in law school, Erin was a tutorial leader for the Harvard Government Department and received a certificate for distinction in teaching.


Virginia Board of Historic Resources
Board Member

Virginia Museum of Transportation
Board Member

Roanoke Public Library Advisory Board

Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators

Turn the Page

Boys and Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia
Former Trustee

Roanoke Chapter of the Virginia Women Attorneys Association
Past President and Board Member

Thought Leadership

Published Articles


Key Legal Issues in Higher Education | March 1, 2018


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