Amy Ashworth grew up in West Chester, Pennsylvania and came to Virginia when she attended James Madison University, graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1992.
After college, she attended George Mason School of Law and received her Juris Doctorate degree in 1995. Ms. Ashworth began her legal career as an Associate Attorney at the law firm of Farrell and Croft handling cases in the fields of domestic relations, criminal defense, and juvenile law.
In 1997, Ms. Ashworth opened her own law firm and was hired as a part-time prosecutor for the City of Manassas Park and the Town of Haymarket. During her time as a solo practitioner, Ms. Ashworth was named Guardian ad litem of the year for her work on behalf of abused and neglected children. She became a full-time prosecutor in 2005 when she hired as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney for Prince William County. During her tenure in the Commonwealth’s Attorneys’ Office, Ms. Ashworth was assigned to the Special Victims for nine years, prosecuting violent offenders who preyed upon the most vulnerable and innocent victims. Ms. Ashworth prosecuted hundreds of cases including homicide, child physical and sexual abuse, rape and sexual assault cases and domestic violence cases.
Ms. Ashworth left prosecution in 2016 and rejoined Farrell & Croft as a partner and focused her practice on criminal defense and family law. She holds an AV rating in both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards from Martindale Hubbell and was awarded the Justicia Award by the VWAA – Prince William Chapter in 2017 for her work with victims of sexual assault and domestic violence
In November of 2019, Amy Ashworth was elected the first woman to hold the position of Commonwealth’s Attorney for the County of Prince William and the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park. She was sworn in and took office on January 1, 2020.
In February 2020, Ms. Ashworth became a founding member of Virginia Progressive Prosecutors for Justice, a workgroup comprised of prosecutors from across the Commonwealth who are focused on smart and effective criminal justice reform.
In 2022, Virginia Lawyer’s Weekly named Ms. Ashworth one of the most influential women attorneys in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
During her tenure as Commonwealth’s Attorney, Ms. Ashworth has made many changes to the office that not only improved efficiency and effectiveness of the office, but that improved the administration of justice for our community at every level.