Specializing in criminal defense and constitutional litigation, Ashley joined Frank & Salahuddin following a five-and-a-half year career as a Colorado State Public Defender in Arapahoe County, Colorado.
As a senior deputy public defender, Ashley successfully defended clients accused of first degree murder, attempted murder, sexual assault, assault on police officers, robbery and burglary, drug distribution and possession, and other cases, securing acquittals, dismissals or favorable dispositions for her clients. Ashley also has years of experience defending clients accused of misdemeanors and DUIs, including felony DUI and DUI charged as first degree murder. Ashley has litigated appellate issues to the Court of Appeals and the Colorado Supreme Court. She is also experienced in post-conviction litigation, having secured a new trial for a client otherwise serving life in prison. Ashley is a fierce litigator and a strong negotiator, always seeking the best outcomes for her clients - outcomes that are based on her clients' desires and goals.
Background, Awards, & Recognition
Ashley was raised outside of Washington, D.C., graduating from Herndon High School in Virginia in 2003. She later moved to Colorado, graduating from University of Colorado in 2007 magna cum laude and with distinction. Ashley worked at Winston & Strawn LLP in Washington, D.C. before pursuing a career in criminal and constitutional law.
Ashley graduated from Columbia Law School in 2012 as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. While attending law school, Ashley was the President of the Public Interest Law Foundation and was an editor of the Jailhouse Lawyer's Manual division of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review. She also served as a certified legal intern for the Colorado State Public Defender, a law clerk for the Office of the Capital Defender of Northern Virginia, and an intern for the Center for Appellate Litigation and Neighborhood Defender Service in New York. All the while, Ashley maintained her passion for music and performance as a cast member of Columbia's "Law Revue."
Ashley is a member of the Colorado Bar Association, Colorado Women's Bar Association, Columbia Alumni Association, and CU Alumni Association. Ashley volunteers to educate Colorado's youth about their rights when interacting with law enforcement through LYRIC. In her spare time, Ashley supports the local food and music culture as much as possible.
Ashley is admitted to practice in the State of Colorado as well as in federal court in the District of Colorado and in the Tenth Circuit.