Ashley is an attorney in the Richmond, VA office of Allen & Allen. She plays an integral role in the large and complex cases at the trial court and appellate level by identifying, analyzing, and addressing legal issues that affect our clients’ claims.
Before joining Allen & Allen in 2014, Ashley spent ten years representing defendants and insurance companies in cases involving wrongful death, medical malpractice, products liability, automobile and tractor-trailer accidents, brain injury, premises liability, and toxic exposures. Her background as a defense lawyer gives her valuable insight into how insurance companies and their litigators handle personal injury claims. This understanding is an asset to Allen & Allen clients who benefit from her working knowledge of the defense.
Ashley is an adjunct professor who teaches trial advocacy at the University of Richmond’s T. C. Williams School of Law. She is a sought-after public speaker and has given lectures on a variety of litigation topics including federal procedure, legal ethics, corporate depositions, e-discovery, and effective techniques for handling out-of-state litigation. She has been asked to speak by the American Association for Justice (AAJ), the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (VTLA), the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, the Richmond Paralegal Association, the VTLA Women’s Caucus, the Institute for Paralegal Education, and the National Business Institute
Ashley is an active member of the VTLA’s Amicus Curiae Committee, and regularly writes briefs to the Supreme Court of Virginia promoting justice and access to courts on behalf of injured people. Currently, she serves as Chair of the VTLA Women’s Caucus, and is an active member of the VTLA’s Legislative, Education and Annual Convention Committees.
In 2016, Ashley was on the team of Allen & Allen attorneys who obtained a $42 million settlement for three men who were seriously burned and the family of one man who was killed as a result of a workplace explosion. This recovery was the largest personal injury settlement in Virginia during 2016.
Ashley graduated with High Honors in the top 10 of her law school class from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. from the College of William and Mary.
Before attending law school, Ashley lived and worked as an archaeologist in Mexico and the Caribbean. She is a fluent Spanish-speaker.
- Licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia
- Supreme Court of the United States
- J.D. with High Honors (Top 10), The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- B.A. magna cum laude, The College of William & Mary (Phi Beta Kappa)
- American Association for Justice
- Virginia Bar Association
- Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
- Richmond Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- Amicus Curiae Committee, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
- Women’s Caucus Committee, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
- Diversity Conference, Virginia State Bar
- Task Force for Electronic Filing, Supreme Court of Virginia – Appointed by the chief justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia, Leroy R. Hassell, Sr., to advise the Supreme Court on the implementation of electronic filing
- VTLA Journal: “Training Staff to Safeguard Confidential Client Information” (2014)
- Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, Journal of Civil Litigation Vol. 21(1):1-8: “Obtaining Summary Judgment in a Negligence Case in Virginia and the Viability of the Contributory Negligence Doctrine in Virginia”(2009)
- CLE Panelist, Georgetown Law’s 14th Annual Advanced eDiscovery Institute, “Diversity and Cooperation in Advocacy,” November 2017.
- CLE Panelist, Georgetown Law’s 14th Annual Advanced eDiscovery Institute, “Motions Practice? Don’t Just Go Through the Motions,” November 2017.
- CLE Presenter, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association’s Annual Paralegal Seminar, “Litigation Toolbox – Legal Research for Motions and Briefs,” November 2017.
- CLE Presenter, American Association for Justice’s Annual Convention, “Corporate Depositions,” July 2017.
- CLE Presenter, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association’s Annual Convention, “Corporate Depositions in Virginia,” March 2017.
- CLE Presenter, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association’s Annual Advanced Auto Retreat, “Weird, Unfair and Inadmissible Evidence,” July 2016.
Personal Injury Resources
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