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Ashley began her career at Hare Wynn as a summer law clerk in 2009 and was hired as an associate after earning her J.D. from the Cumberland School of Law in 2010.

As a young girl, Ashley was often told that she should be a lawyer, but she didn’t know what type of law to pursue until she clerked at Hare Wynn. At the firm, she saw how her skills could align with her passion for advocacy and speaking up for those in need.

Ashley’s practice is concentrated in the areas of complex litigation, catastrophic injuries, birth injuries, wrongful death, medical malpractice, motor vehicle accidents, dram shop, nursing home negligence and class actions.

Her first jury trial resulted in a $15 million verdict against a gas station that sold alcohol to minors without checking for identification. Ashley recently argued this case in front of The Alabama Supreme Court, where the verdict was affirmed, making it the largest damages judgment in 20 years.

Leadership and community service are important to Ashley, as evidenced by her election as secretary of the Birmingham Bar Association Young Lawyers Executive Board in 2013-2014, and her membership with ALAJ where she served as President of Emerging Leaders, as well as other local and state leadership initiatives and forums.

Ashley and her husband, Curt, have a beautiful daughter named Charlotte.

Outside of the courtroom, Ashley has formerly coached the Hoover High School Trial Team and HASS trial team. She teaches public speaking and critical thinking skills at Restoration Academy, a school for at-risk, inner-city children.

Ashley considers it an honor to stand up to big businesses, insurance companies and large corporations when the individuals she represents cannot stand up for themselves. She cannot imagine doing anything else with her life.

Education

After graduating from the University of Florida, Ashley received her postgraduate degree from the Cumberland School of Law, where she was active in the trial advocacy program. She was a member of Cumberland’s National Trial Team, and for two years in a row, brought home the trophy in the Texas Young Lawyers Association’s National Trial Competition.

She also received the James H. Roberts “Best Advocate” Award.In law school, Ashley served as an Honor Court Justice, was a member of the Moot Court Board and a member of the Cumberland Trial Advocacy Executive Board as the director of the James O. Haley Federal Trial Competitions. In the spring of 2010, she received the American Board of Trial Advocates Scholarship and became a member of the Order of the Barristers.

  • University of Florida, B.S. 2007
  • Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, J.D., 2010

Notable Work

Ashley’s first jury trial resulted in a $15 million verdict against a gas station that sold alcohol to minors without checking for identification. Ashley argued this case in front of The Alabama Supreme Court, where the verdict was affirmed, making it the largest damages judgment in 20 years. Recently, Ashley was part of the Hare Wynn trial team in a medical malpractice case in Jefferson County, Alabama, in which the jury awarded $7.5 million verdict against Brookwood Hospital in a negligence lawsuit. In August of 2014, she was a key member of the Hare Wynn trial team in another medical malpractice suit in Walker County, Alabama, in which the plaintiff was awarded a jury verdict of $4 million. Ashley has settled numerous cases for over $1 million.

Ashley is a member of the Leadership Alabama Initiative. She served on the executive committee and as President of the Alabama Association for Justice Emerging Leaders Board and is a member of Class 5 of the Birmingham Bar Association Future Leaders Forum, where she serves as co-chair on the 2016 committee. She was selected to join Class 12 of The Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum and accepted into the Birmingham Inn of Court group. In addition, Ashley is on the board of the Birmingham Bar Foundation.

Admitted

  • Alabama, 2010
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama

Affiliations

  • American Association for Justice
  • Alabama Association for Justice, President of Emerging Leaders
  • Birmingham Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section Executive Board
  • Alabama State Bar
  • AL Supreme Court
  • Inns of Court Leadership Forums
  • Birmingham Bar Foundation Member

Awards

In 2012 and 2019, Ashley was named by B-Metro magazine as a “Rising Star” in the Birmingham Bar. In 2014, Ashley was selected by peer review in the Super Lawyers® Rising Stars® Edition of 2014. She received that same award again in 2015, 2016, and 2018. While up to 5% of the lawyers in the state are named to Super Lawyers, no more than 2.5% are named to the Rising Stars list, marking this as a tremendous honor. She has also been selected by The National Trial Lawyers as a “Top 40 Under 40 Trial Lawyer.”

In 2015, Ashley was selected as one of AL.com’s “Women Who Shape the State,” B-Metro’s “Top Women Lawyers” and in Business Alabama, Top Attorneys in Alabama, as a “Rising Star.” In 2016, Ashley was selected as a “Rising Star” by Birmingham Business Journal. In 2017, Ashley was selected as The National Trial Lawyers: Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyers Association Top 25 and became a member of the Multimillion Dollar Advocates Forum. Ashley was nominated and selected to Birmingham’s Magazine 2018 Ones to Watch: Top Influencers Under 40. The organization recognizes the region’s “best and brightest young professional.”

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Awards & Accolades

  • Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyers – Top 25
    Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyers – Top 25

    Membership in the Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyers – Top 25 is reserved for the top 25 attorneys in the state who best exemplify superior qualifications in the organization’s ranking factors: reputation, leadership, influence, advocacy training, and continuing legal education.

  • ABA
    ABA

    Members of the American Bar Association work to uphold the organization’s mission of “defending liberty and delivering justice.” Attorneys are expected to act in ways that eliminate bias, enhance diversity, and advance the rule of law.

  • American Board of Trial Advocates
    American Board of Trial Advocates

    The American Board of Trial Advocates and its members aim to foster improvement in both the ethical and technical standards of the legal field. Attorneys are held to high standards of integrity, honor, courtesy, and education/training.

  • AV Preeminent
    AV Preeminent

    The Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent Rating™ symbolizes strong legal ability and high ethical standards. Selected attorneys have been evaluated on their professional legal abilities and the services they have to offer.

  • American Society of Legal Advocates
    American Society of Legal Advocates

    Less than 1.5% of attorneys across the nation are selected for membership in the American Society of Legal Advocates. These attorneys have demonstrated proven commitment to their practice and hold themselves to the highest professional standards.

  • The Best Lawyers in America
    The Best Lawyers in America

    The Best Lawyers in America uses a tried and true peer review process to select the top legal talent in America. Lawyers who make the list are recognized as the most sophisticated, transparent, and conscientious in their fields.

  • Best Lawyers 2019 - Lawyer of the Year
    Best Lawyers 2019 - Lawyer of the Year

    For more than 30 years, Best Lawyers has used a tested peer review process to select the best lawyer of the year, and we are thrilled to have made the list.

  • Best Lawyers 2018
    Best Lawyers 2018

    Every year, the Best Lawyers organization publishes a list of best lawyers and best law firms in the state, recognizing those with commendable professional achievements.

  • Americas Top 100 Attorneys
    Americas Top 100 Attorneys

    Only the most qualified and accomplished legal professionals are selected to the prestigious list of American’s Top 100 Attorneys. The organization uses proprietary methodology to select the top 100 attorneys from a given state.

  • American Association for Justice
    American Association for Justice

    The American Association for Justice’s mission is to promote a fair and effective justice system, and that’s exactly what attorneys who are members of the organization work to do.

  • American College of Trial Lawyers
    American College of Trial Lawyers

    This is an invitation-only fellowship consisting of trial lawyers from diverse backgrounds throughout the U.S. and Canada. Selected lawyers have demonstrated the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, trial advocacy, integrity, and collegiality.

  • Multi-Million Advocates
    Multi-Million Advocates

    Membership in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum® is limited to only those attorneys who have achieved multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for their clients. The organization is so prestigious that fewer than 1% of all U.S. lawyers are members.

  • American Judicature Society
    American Judicature Society

    Members of the American Judicature Society aid in the organization’s mission to secure and promote an independent, qualified judiciary, along with a fair system of justice.

  • US News Best Law Firms 2019
    US News Best Law Firms 2019

    Qualitative and quantitative data are used to rate the overall best law firms in the nation. Law firms are rated using a tiering system that compares legal practices in similar metro areas.

  • Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association
    Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association

    Members of ATLA are committed to protecting the safety and health of families in Arkansas by increasing consumer protections and preserving people’s right to trial by jury.

  • Benchmark Litigation
    Benchmark Litigation

    We are proud to be included in Benchmark Litigation’s annual publication, which serves as America’s definitive guide to leading litigation firms and lawyers.

  • Alabama Association for Justice
    Alabama Association for Justice

    Attorneys and members of the Alabama Association for Justice work to protect and preserve people’s constitutional right to trial by jury by ensuring that victims of misconduct and/or negligence can hold their wrongdoers accountable.

  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
    International Academy of Trial Lawyers

    Fellowship in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers is by invitation-only and involves a carefully crafted vetting process.

  • International Society of Barristers
    International Society of Barristers

    The era’s best advocates are recognized and invited to come together as part of the International Society of Barristers, where they are expected to support common goals of upholding justice and improving legal advocacy, among others.

  • Kentucky Justice Association
    Kentucky Justice Association

    The Kentucky Justice Association and its members act as a voice for consumers, working to protect their health and safety and to preserve their right to trial by jury.

  • Lawdragon 2017
    Lawdragon 2017

    Every year, Lawdragon publishes a guide that lists the nation’s leading lawyers, and we are thrilled to have made the list.

  • National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys
    National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys

    The Academy’s mission to provide advanced educational opportunities helps personal injury attorneys like ourselves ensure our clients are provided with the best representation available.

  • National Law Journal Top 100 Verdicts
    National Law Journal Top 100 Verdicts

    The National Law Journal is considered to be the nation’s premiere legal source for timely, trusted legal news, and we are proud to have their list of top 100 verdicts.

  • National Trial Lawyers
    National Trial Lawyers

    Membership in the National Trial Lawyers organization is by invitation-only and is reserved for only the most qualified attorneys in their respective fields of practice.

  • Top 40 Under 40
    Top 40 Under 40

    Membership in this exclusive organization is extended only to the top 40 attorneys under the age of 40 in a given geographic location.

  • NBLSC Board Certified Lawyers
    NBLSC Board Certified Lawyers

    The NBLSC offers board certification to trial lawyers and is recognized as the first American Bar Association accredited attorney board certifying agency in the entire world.

  • Phoenix Club of Birmingham
    Phoenix Club of Birmingham

    Young, professional men who are members of the Phoenix Club of Birmingham have the opportunity to support the organization’s mission to impact the direction of the local community’s youth through interaction and fund-raising opportunities.

  • Plaintiffs Steering Committee
    Plaintiffs Steering Committee

    We proudly sit on the plaintiff’s steering committee, where we have the ability to direct multi-district litigation along with other lawyers on the committee.

  • SuperLawyers
    SuperLawyers

    A patented, multiphase selection process is used to choose attorneys for the Super Lawyers® organization. Both peer recognitions and professional achievements are assessed to select the top lawyers in a given state.

  • Super Lawyers Rising Star
    Super Lawyers Rising Star

    Only attorneys who are 40 years of age or younger, or those who have been practicing for 10 years or less, can be selected to the prestigious list of Super Lawyers® Rising Stars.

  • Tennessee Trial Lawyers
    Tennessee Trial Lawyers

    All citizens, families, and small businesses should have access to justice, and that is the mission of TTLA. Members of the association are committed to protecting and upholding people’s right to justice and trial by jury.

  • Top Ranked USA Chambers
    Top Ranked USA Chambers

    Through independent research, Chambers assesses a number of criteria to collect information on the top-ranking law firms in the country.

  • Arkansas Magazine - Very Best Award
    Arkansas Magazine - Very Best Award

    We are honored to have been selected to Arkansas Magazine’s annual pick of the very best lawyers and law firms in the state.

  • National Featured Verdict
    National Featured Verdict

    Only the top verdicts in a given field, and from a given state, are listed here. We are honored that some of our verdicts have made the list.

  • Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year 2019
    Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year 2019

    For more than 30 years, Best Lawyers has used a tested peer review process to select the best lawyer of the year, and we are thrilled to have made the list.

  • Top Rated Lawyers
    Top Rated Lawyers

    Top-rated lawyers are those who have been identified by Lawyers.com as the most elite in their corresponding fields of practice.

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