In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, Ashley has lead Ogletree Deakins’ nationwide unemployment response team. In this role, Ashley tracks unemployment changes nationwide and provides counsel to clients on unemployment related issues. In addition, Ashley is the co-chair of the Ogletree COVID-19 litigation practice group. COVID-19 litigation involves all areas of employment law as well as personal injury related claims. In this role, Ashley has been able to utilize her substantial past litigation experience that includes employment litigation, personal injury litigation, medical malpractice defense and complex toxic tort defense.
Outside of COVID-19, Ashley concentrates her practice in management-side employment litigation, including defending claims against wage and hour, discrimination, wrongful discharge, and breach of contract. She also has a broader general litigation practice that has allowed her to defend clients in complex toxic tort actions, class actions, asbestos personal injury defense, construction defect cases, and FELA claims for railroad clients. Ashley’s specialty is complex litigation, class actions and multi-plaintiff litigation.
Because of her litigation experience, Ashley is a firm expert in e-discovery. Ashley also has both a personal and professional interest in the use of emerging technologies in the workplace. Ashley is also a member of the firm’s Trial Practice Group, Cybersecurity and Privacy Group and Technology Practice Group. Ashley advises clients regarding the data security aspects of human resource related policies, including BYOD policies, work from home policies and social media privacy issues. She also handles litigation associated with data breaches. Ashley was a member of the legal team involved in Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc., et al. v. R. James Nicholson, et al., which at the time, was the largest class action in the data privacy area with over 28,000,000 members.
Ashley regularly publishes blog articles, podcasts and conducts in-house training for legal and human resource professionals on a variety of topics.
Ashley is also actively involved in raising the profile of women in her own firm, in the legal community and in her local community. Ashley is the former Chair of the Ogletree Deakins Women’s Initiative (ODWIN) and remains on the steering committee. In addition, Ashley is President-elect of the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Women Lawyers Association and is Past-Chair of the Greenville YWCA.