By the time Amira Fox was honored with a 40-under-40 award in 2003, the inaugural installment, she had already spent 12 years as a prosecutor with the state attorney’s office, and then a year as a defense attorney with the Wilbur Smith Law Firm. Outside the courtroom, Fox worked with causes including the Shelter for Abused Women of Collier County, of which she served as board president.
The George Washington University law school graduate eventually returned to her old job, becoming chief assistant state attorney for the 20th Judicial Circuit.
But as her star rose in that office, she faced some daunting setbacks, she told Gulfshore Business in a June 2017 interview. She was diagnosed with breast cancer and later her 9-year-old son was stricken with brain cancer. Both beat the disease.
As a mentor, Fox has counseled others how they can overcome challenges.
“I like to focus on the fact that no matter how big the obstacles thrown in your path, you have to try your best to conquer them and never, ever give up,” she said in that earlier interview.
“Everyone’s had disappointments from something as simple as losing a trial, to huge, like losing someone you love. I’ve had huge obstacles, too, and persevered, and conquered.”
In 2018, Fox’s resolve was tested again during her run for state attorney. A raucous primary campaign that included repeated criticism from her opponent ended with Fox winning with 57 percent of the vote. Unopposed in the general election, she was sworn into office in January, joining the few women state attorneys in Florida.