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Elisa D. Staton was born in Fairfax County, Virginia. She graduated with High Distinction from George Mason University, earning the Steven T. Early, Jr. Award for Outstanding Senior in Government and Politics. In 1997, she graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law, perennially ranked among the top ten law schools in the country. During law school, she served on the editorial board of the University of Virginia Journal of Law and Politics, and interned at the Virginia Attorney General’s Office.

Ms. Staton began her career as a law clerk for the judges of the Virginia Beach Circuit Court and has served as a Virginia Supreme Court certified guardian ad litem for children and incapacitated adults. As a provisional instructor for the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, she instructed law enforcement officers on topics that included ethics, liability, evidence, and judicial process, and currently is a professor of Business Law and Substantive Criminal Law at Saint Leo University. She is co-author of Adoption Procedures and Forms: A Guide for Virginia Lawyers (4th ed.), published by the Virginia Law Foundation.

Ms. Staton is admitted to practice in all Virginia state courts (1997), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (1997), the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (1998), the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (2000), and the United States Supreme Court (2005).

Since 1999, Ms. Staton has been representing individuals, landlords, small business owners, and nationwide companies, helping them recover debts and accounts receivables owed to them from customers, tenants, contractors, and clients. She is deeply committed to representing her clients’ interests in the most ethical, professional, results-driven and cost-effective manner possible.

Ms. Staton is a member of the Virginia State Bar and the Virginia Creditors Bar Association. She focuses her practice on creditors’ rights, landlord-tenant law, and collections.