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Vision and Guiding Principles

VOGLER ASHTON is committed to the efficient resolution of complex matters, all with focused, personal, and immediate attention. We understand our clients’ business interests, approach, and goals, and stand side-by-side with each client to strategize and implement effective resolutions. We are unique problem solvers and recognize that changing times require nimble and flexible responses across all legal disciplines. While we remain grounded in the fundamental elements of a transactional legal practice, we are also active in the entire continuum of dispute resolution – negotiation, mediation, arbitration, litigation, and appeal. We remain with you from the beginning to the end of each matter for seamless, experienced, comprehensive, and responsive legal assistance.


  • The best interests of our clients come first.

  • We build and enjoy long term relationships.

  • We limit our practice areas to only those in which we are experienced at the highest level.

  • We are sensitive to the high cost of quality legal representation and perform only the work that is essential and required to accomplish client-defined goals.

  • We work efficiently as a team without overlap. We are accessible and responsive, and we use technology to implement efficient and regular communication.

  • We are committed to advocacy, excellence, innovation, and results.

  • We are flexible and strategic thinkers.

  • We exhibit the highest degree of integrity, professionalism, and competence.

  • We are deeply involved in our community and seek to make a difference in the quality of life in our area.


VOGLER ASHTON represents active and involved entrepreneurs in small, mid-sized and large business environments. The distinguishing characteristic of our clients is that they are intimately involved in all aspects of their business decision-making, including the evaluation of legal advice and the collaborative communication with counsel. We work together closely to identify legal issues and use the power of our collective experience to design and implement solutions. It is refreshing to know that your attorney is trusted, knows your business, and can communicate clear and effective strategies for seizing available opportunities or solving vexing and complicated problems.



Edward Vogler II is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review RatedSM by Martindale-Hubbell®, demonstrating the highest esteem among his colleagues in legal ability and ethical standing. In his 29 years practicing commercial law in Florida, Ed has represented clients in some of the largest real estate development projects in Southwest Florida's history. He is experienced in the leasing, acquisitions, sales, and financing of commercial property, as well as workouts and restructuring of commercial real estate assets, including required litigation and dispute resolution. Ed served as special counsel to the Florida Senate President from 2000 to 2002 and helped craft some of the most forward thinking legislation of the modern era. He is an effective and long-standing local leader having been elected to leadership positions in important community organizations. Read more about our firm's noteworthy cases and see a list of satisfied clients on our In the Representative Experience page or simply contact the firm for more information.

Contact:; 941-304-3400 x 104.

Admitted to bar

  • Florida, 1983
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals


  • Stetson University College of Law, J.D, magna cum laude,, (1983)
    • American Jurisprudence Awards in Contracts, Corporations, Trusts and Estates, Estate Planning, and Real Property
  • University of South Florida, B.A cum laude, (1980)
    • BA in political science with emphasis on urban government
    • Phi Kappa Phi


  • Special Counsel to Florida Senate President, State of Florida (2000–2002)
  • Leadership Florida Graduate – Class XXI
  • Manatee Community College (k/n/a State College of Florida), Past Member of Board of Trustees
  • Manatee County Chamber of Commerce, Past Chairman of the Board
  • The United Way Foundation of Manatee County, Founding Trustee
  • United Way of Manatee County, Inc, Past President
  • Florida West Coast Symphony Orchestra, Past Member of the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee
  • Manatee Symphony Guild in support of Florida West Coast Symphony Orchestra, Past President
  • American Lung Association, Past Member of the Local Board
  • The Downtown Center for Children, Founding Member
  • Manatee Players, Past Director
  • Economic Development Council
  • The Florida Bar
    • Trial Lawyers Section
    • Real Property Section
    • Environmental Section
    • Land Use Section
  • Author, "Bankruptcy Code: Effect on Property Held as Tenancy By The Entirety," 56, Florida Bar Journal 795, (1982)


Kimberly D. Ashton is an expert draftsperson and experienced commercial leasing and transactional attorney representing some of the largest and most successful community developers, landlords, and homebuilders in the area. She served as general counsel in the formation of multiple community development districts and has validated and closed over $500 million of public finance bonds for residential and mixed use projects located in Manatee and Sarasota County. In that effort Kim worked closely with the most experienced experts in public finance, capital markets and tax qualification. She is uniquely qualified to assess and implement all aspects of a ground-up real estate development project, including infrastructure planning and finance. Kim is also an experienced and effective appellate brief writer, and employs these skills in the firm’s appellate practice.

Contact:; 941-304-3400 x 102.

Admitted to bar

  • Kansas and U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, (1996)
  • Florida, (2001)


  • Washburn University, J.D. with high honors (1995)
  • University of Kansas, B.A. with highest distinction (1993)
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Phi Kappa Phi
    • Pi Sigma Alpha


  • Manatee County Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Leadership Manatee Program Graduate (2003)
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