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Ashley Peinhardt

Trial Lawyer

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.

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

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.

  • 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
  • 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
  • Fellows of the American Bar Foundation

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.”