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Ashleigh is a trial attorney who thrives on the opportunity to advocate for her clients in the courtroom. She represents companies in individual, mass tort, and class action lawsuits in federal and state courts across the country. Whether in a commercial litigation or product liability case, Ashleigh enjoys getting to the bottom of the dispute and working with her clients to reach the best outcome.

A significant portion of her practice is devoted to defending product manufacturers across a wide range of industries, including automotive, construction and medical device, in cases involving recalled and foreign-manufactured products. She works with clients to develop and execute comprehensive litigation strategies tailored to her clients’ objections.
 
Ashleigh also counsels clients on e-discovery issues including litigation preparedness, discovery strategy and defending against motions to compel. 
 
Her experience includes:

  • Representing leading domestic and foreign automotive manufacturers in catastrophic injury and wrongful death actions including claims alleging manufacturing, design, and failure to warn defects, breach of warranty and entitlement to punitive damages;
  • Serving as local counsel for a national restaurant chain in dram shop litigation;
  • Serving as discovery counsel for a leading automobile manufacturer in a nationwide class action;
  • Obtaining a dismissal on behalf of a leading automobile manufacturer in an unintended acceleration case; and
  • Conducting jury research, including juror surveys and group studies related to emerging automotive technology.

Prior to joining the firm, Ashleigh worked for the South Carolina Attorney General representing the state of South Carolina in over 300 civil actions, appearing before the state’s trial and appellate courts.

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina, 2011

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina

Education

  • Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D., 2011

    Moot Court Board

    AmeriCorps NC-ACTS! Fellow

    CALI Excellence for the Future Award - Community Law and Business Clinic

    Black Law Students Association Mock Trial

  • Wofford College, B.A., 2008

    Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Vice President

    Heart of the Terrier Award Recipient, 2008

Professional Associations

    • South Carolina Ethics Commission
      —Commissioner, 2017-2019
    • National Bar Association
      —Corporate Law Section
    • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
      —Pathfinder, 2016
    • South Carolina Bar Association
      —Young Lawyers Division, President, 2018-2019
    • American Bar Association
      —Young Lawyers Division, District Representative, 2015-2017
    • Special Olympics South Carolina
       —Board of Directors, Chair, 2019-2021
    • Columbia Chamber
    • —Board of Directors, Governance Committee Chair, 2017-2019

Distinctions

    • Columbia Business Monthly
      —50 Most Influential People, 2017 – 2018
    • —Best and Brightest 35 and Under, 2017
    • Super Lawyers Magazine
      —South Carolina Rising Stars, 2018 – 2019
    • Columbia Chambers
      —Young Professional of the Year, 2016
    • South Carolina Bar Association Young Lawyers Division
      —"Stars of the Quarter," 2015
      —President's Award, 2014
    • American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division
      —"Star of the Quarter," 2015

Recent News, Events and Blogs


Speaking Engagements

  • ““Illumination of Bias”: Understanding and Reducing the Impact of Implicit Bias in the Practice of Law," Presenter, South Carolina Bar Convention, January 2019
  • “Live with the Supremes: A Recap of the Most Important Decisions Impacting Corporations from the US Supreme Court’s Last Term,” Speaker, NBA Corporate Counsel Conference, January 2019
  • "Electronic Discovery – 2.0," Speaker, South Carolina Black Lawyers Association, September 2018

Publications

  • "6 Ways To Work Successfully with Support Staff," American Bar Association - Young Lawyers Division, 101 Practice Series, April 2013
  • "Post-Conviction Relief in South Carolina - The Strickland Standard," South Carolina Young Lawyer, Vol. 5, Issue 8, June 2013