Ashlie is the managing partner of the firm’s Cleveland office. She represents plaintiffs in civil-rights and constitutional cases, employment matters, and other complex civil disputes.
After graduating law school, she spent five years at a global law firm defending corporations in product-liability and medical-device litigation. She then worked as a partner at a civil-rights litigation boutique where she represented plaintiffs injured by police misconduct, jail abuse, sexual assault and harassment, workplace discrimination, and constitutional violations.
She represents people who have suffered serious emotional, physical, and financial harm. Her first-chair trial experience and work on both the plaintiff and defense sides uniquely situates her to develop creative and efficient strategies to position her clients for trial victories.
As a member of the Legal Network for Gender Equity she has trained with the National Women’s Law Center’s TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund on representing individuals with severe trauma resulting from sexual violence and other devasting experiences.
She has broad experience litigating to obtain public records to shed light on government misconduct and obtain critical evidence to support her clients’ claims. She guest lectures on civil rights and public records.
Ashlie is the president of the William K. Thomas American Inn of Court. The American Inns of Court inspire the legal community to advance the rule of law by achieving the highest level of professionalism through example, education, and mentoring. The William K. Thomas Inn has repeatedly received the national organization’s highest level of distinction for excellence.
Ashlie attended the University of Akron on a volleyball scholarship and earned a B.A. in philosophy, summa cum laude. She earned her J.D. at the Yale Law School in 2005 where she served as articles editor for the Yale Journal of Law & Feminism.
Ashlie is admitted to practice in Ohio and Florida, in various federal trial and appellate courts, and before the Supreme Court of the United States. She is a member of the Ohio Association for Justice, the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, and the Ohio State Bar Association. She is a board member of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio.
She is the author of Nurturing Connection in Crisis, The Bencher (July/August 2020), Conflicting Feminisms and the Rights of Women Prisoners, Yale Journal of Law & Feminism (2005) and Tort Reform Often Lies in the Hands of State Supreme Courts, Practice Perspectives: Product Liability and Tort Litigation (2008).