Annika E. Ashton heads the Office’s Finance and Real Property practice group, which provides legal services to the County in connection with the purchase, sale, and management of real property, as well as the structuring of financial transactions for ongoing capital bond issuances and other financing arrangements. She serves as counsel to a number of County agencies, including the Finance and Administrative Services Department, the Real Property Section, the Housing Finance Authority, the Health Facilities Authority, and the Tourist Development Tax Council.
Ms. Ashton previously worked in a number of different practice areas for the Office, including elections, public ethics, transportation, consumer protection, labor and employment, civil rights, and federal litigation.
Before joining the County Attorney’s Office, Ms. Ashton served as a law clerk for the Hon. Adalberto Jordan on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Ms. Ashton has also practiced in the Real Estate and Labor and Employment practice groups of international law firms in New York and Miami. Ms. Ashton is admitted to practice in Florida, New York, all federal district courts in Florida, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Ms. Ashton earned her J.D. from Columbia Law School where she was Editor-in-Chief of the National Black Law Journal and was recognized as a James Kent Scholar and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Ms. Ashton earned an A.B. degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
Ms. Ashton is a member of The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors and a Past President of the Caribbean Bar Association. She also serves on The Florida Bar’s Student Education & Admissions to the Bar Committee and was a member of the inaugural class of The Florida Bar’s Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy.
In addition to her involvement in the legal community, Ms. Ashton co-chairs the “Aspire to Inspire” career preparation program, a collaboration with Miami Dade College North Campus and the Caribbean Bar Association. She also conducts alumni interviews for Princeton University and is the Chair of the Young Alumni Committee for the Princeton Club of South Florida