Phoenix Ayotte

Phoenix S. Ayotte of Ayotte Law, LLC, has transitioned into a solo boutique attorney, after serving as proud founding partner of a successful high-profile firm in Alexandria, Virginia, with diverse practice areas. She is a Washingtonian Magazine Top Lawyer, National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40, National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers, and SuperLawyers Rising Star. She was born in Florida and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Ms. Ayotte is a former military spouse, former tireless and dedicated public defender (state and federal), and accomplished private federal and state lawyer for criminal defendants in complex, high-stakes cases.  Her practice and interest areas have evolved over time and the bulk of her caseload is now committed to Security Clearance Defense litigation for our nation's most crucial and highly-trusted employees, military personnel, and their security clearances.

Ms. Ayotte's clients actively seek her out because of her wholistic approach to representation- she sees right to the heart of the matter, and is ready to stand by you during the most troubling time of your life.  Not only does she get results- you will feel heard, understood, and your story will be told when she represents you.  Because of her background, Ms. Ayotte has a unique perspective on all aspects of military life, law enforcement quirks, and the challenges facing individuals from every sector of the socio-economic strata.  No one is judged, and everyone is welcomed. 

Ms. Ayotte has served as a moot court and mock trial judge for the Capitol City Mock Trial Competition, Regent School of Law, William and Mary School of Law, George Mason School of Law, George Washington School of Law, and the Thurgood Marshall Federal Bar Association Moot Court Competition in Washington, D.C.  She mentors the many law student interns she has supervised and is active in seeking out teaching opportunities, including 2015, 2016, and 2017 Alexandria Bar Association CLE Marathon (criminal portion- Privacy and the Law) as well as prior instruction of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines Training (2010-2013).

Ms. Ayotte graduated cum laude from Stetson University College of Law in 2007, after earning a business degree in economics from Georgia State University in 2004.  She has been recognized as a "TOP LAWYER" in the Washingtonian Magazine, a "RISING STAR" by Super Lawyers for 2016, 2017, and 2018 in the Washington Post magazine, and has received the following additional recognitions: National Trial Lawyers TOP 40 UNDER 40 | National Trial Lawyers TOP 100

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  • "We were going to fight as a team"

    In September 2019, I had my clearance revoked, due to a possible discrepancy. After searching for the right attorney to represent me and reclaim my clearance, I approached Phoneix Ayotte, told her my case, and she took me on right away. From the get go, Phoneix told me the plan of action on how w...
  • "She went out of her way"

    Phoenix, was extremely helpful and very knowledgeable. She went out of her way to ensure all my questions were answered and helped me prepare and feel comfortable when going through the clearance process.She is an amazing lawyer and I would recommended her to anyone! Especially, those individuals...
  • Very Complicated Clearance Case

    I had a very complicated clearance case and had contacted several other prominent firms. Upon our first consult, I knew Phoenix was simply the best lawyer I could have fighting for me. She is very professional, quick to the point (time is money, and she wasted none of my time), knowledgeable, and...
  • "Explains in detail every step of the process"

    Phoenix has been instrumental in assisting with a very complicated clearance issue I encountered. She is calm, understanding and listens. She explains, in detail, every step of the process, She is knowledgeable and combines her experience with a positive attitude making for a ideal partner in a d...
  • Top Notch security clearance advice

    I would recommend Phoenix to anyone in search of legal assistance. She is a top-notch attorney, and her background speaks for itself. She takes the time to listen and understand her clients. Phoenix advised me when I asked her about personal and professional matters and provided me with sound adv...
  • Fantastic representation for sensitive matters

    I am very pleased to provide a professional recommendation for Ms. Phoenix Ayotte. Ms. Ayotte provided me a fantastic legal consultation earlier this year regarding a sensitive professional matter I was having. She was responsive, clear, and very detailed-oriented. All of my concerns were properl...
  • Knowledgeable, Thorough, and Diligent

    My attorney was Phoenix Ayotte. I elected to hire her as my attorney after having interviewed five candidates. Phoenix is very knowledgeable, thorough, and diligent. I felt that she also genuinely cared for me as a client, a trait that differentiated her from others. I am very pleased with my dec...
  • Clearances Were Reinstated

    In the fall on 2016 my security clearance was revoked due to my clearance renewal review in 2015. Since my job with the Department of the Air Force requires me to have a clearance I was lost as to what to do or where to start. I was extremely pleased with the professionalism and understanding I r...
  • Expert Security Clearance Counsel

    Such is Ms. Ayotte's passion for defending her clients that she began interviewing me and researching the legal issues pertaining to my complex case months before the LOI was even issued, enabling a timely and effective response to DoD CAF. Throughout this process she has repeatedly demonstrated ...


We are a Virginia-based law firm with nationwide clients. Phoenix Ayotte, Esq., and her team are admitted federally in multiple jurisdictions including federal administrative bodies, and are ready to represent you where you need it.


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