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Dr. Ashleigh Barnes, B.A, J.D., LL.M., Ph.D.

Dr. Ashleigh Barnes is committed to providing counsel to those who are passionate about their business, but require help with what can be daunting and at times complex legal requirements.

Dr. Barnes grew up in Jacksonville and attended Stetson University, where she obtained her B.A in Communication Studies, with a minor in Russian. She holds a Juris Doctorate from the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida, a Masters in Law from Leiden University, Netherlands in International Criminal law, and a Ph.D. from the Australian National University in International Law. Dr. Barnes has been a member of the Florida Bar since 2005. Dr. Barnes has had a rich career in both legal academia and in business.

Dr. Barnes is Director and Chief Legal Officer at University Select LLC, a company that seeks to unlock student potential through analytics and research-based teaching methods. She is also in-house counsel for a local private school conglomerate.

Prior to forming University Select, Dr. Barnes taught Criminal Law and International Law at the Australian National University, Jindal Global Law School (a globally oriented law school in Delhi, India), and at Florida Coastal School of Law, where she was a Visiting Professor. Concurrently, Dr. Barnes held a Research Fellowship at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. 

In the Spring of 2017, Dr. Barnes taught in the Veteran’s Entrepreneurship Program at University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business. She is an adjunct professor at  her alma mater, the Levin College of Law at University of Florida, What Every Lawyer Should Know about Business