Joined Firm in 2022
Ashley's attention to detail and communication skills are key to formulating successful problem-solving defense strategies.
- Selected to The Order of Barristers
- Awarded for Academic Excellence
- Rule 13 Certified Extern for the Missouri Attorney General's Office
Attorney in Peoria, IL
Ashley is an Associate working out of the firm's Peoria office, focusing her practice on Workers' Compensation and civil litigation, including defense of personal injury claims (premises, motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, and other casualty litigation). She worked in a number of legal roles before becoming an Associate with the firm in 2022, including her position as a Paralegal at Heyl Royster from 2016-2019 where she was a part of the Workers' Compensation Practice Group. She gained invaluable experience working on a case from beginning to end, including in-depth analysis of medical records and defense strategies. Additionally, she completed an Externship at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Missouri, exposing her to criminal and civil disputes at the federal level. She was a Rule 13 Certified Extern for the Missouri Attorney General's Office, focusing primarily on Section 1983/civil rights litigation. These prior experiences, combined with her participation at Heyl Royster as a law clerk and Summer Associate in law school, give Ashley a unique, well-rounded approach to solving any legal problem that comes her way.
While in law school, Ashley was an active member of the Board of Advocates, which she chaired in her third year. There, she developed and refined her advocacy skills by participating in several interschool and intraschool competitions, including Negotiation, Client Counseling, Arbitration, and Mock Trials. She received various advocacy awards, including selection into The Order of Barristers and various CALI Excellence for the Future Awards® in Advanced Legal Research, Health Law, Pretrial Litigation, and Trial Practice demonstrating academic excellence. She served as an Academic Success Program Teaching Fellow, providing instruction, support, and accountability to first-year law students enrolled in Criminal Law. Additionally, as a student advocate, Ashley assisted with the legal representation of veterans in disability claims and discharge upgrades at the Veterans Clinic.
Ashley is dedicated to giving back to youth in the community. Most recently, she serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate, where she advocates for children in foster care who have experienced abuse or neglect. Additionally, Ashley spent many years volunteering as an Assistant Dance Coach at Washington Community High School. She assisted with the team and solo choreography for basketball games, competitions, and special events. She found it a rewarding experience to mentor students and encourage healthy, active competition among high school athletes.
J.D., University of Missouri School of Law
B.S., Southern Illinois University, Paralegal Studies with Pre-Law Specialization, summa cum laude
A.A.S, Illinois Central College
Licensure(s) and Admission(s)
State Courts of Illinois
United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
Peoria County Bar Association
Heart of Missouri CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocate (2020 – 2022)
St. Jude Runs, Runner/Fundraiser (2017-2019)
University of Missouri School of Law Board of Advocates, Volunteer Judge (2022)
Washington Community High School, Assistant Dance Team Coach (2012 – 2019)
- University of Missouri School of Law
The Order of Barristers, 2022
Fred L. Howard Prize for Excellence in the Advancement of Advocacy, 2021-2022
Theodore “Ted” C. Beckett, J.D. Prize in Pretrial Litigation, 2021
R. David Ray Trial Advocacy Award, 2020-2022
Roscoe Anderson Award for Excellence in Advocacy, 2020-2021