Summary

Ashley focuses her municipal practice in litigation with a concentration on redevelopment, real estate, utility and telecommunications, zoning and planning, land use, construction project management, music and movie licensing, code enforcement litigation, public safety discipline, contract negotiation, and employment law. 

Prior to joining Taft, Ashley served as City Attorney for the City of Carmel, Ind. and General Counsel to the Carmel Redevelopment Commission. She began her legal career serving as a deputy prosecuting attorney. While a prosecutor, Ashley litigated dozens of jury trials, as well as hundreds of bench trials. 

Professional and community involvement is important to Ashley. She is a member of the Indiana Municipal Lawyers Association where she serves as a member of the litigation committee and has been appointed to serve on the AIM Utilities Policy Committee. She is also a member of the International Municipal Lawyers Association and currently serves as vice chair to the Code Enforcement Section. Ashley also volunteers on the events committee for the Carmel Youth Assistance Program (CYAP) and enjoyed her time serving the Carmel community on the board of directors for the Center for the Performing Arts where she was instrumental in the development of its young professionals organization, "The Scene."

Awards

  • Graduate, Hamilton County Leadership Academy (2015)

  • Winner, Indy's Best and Brightest Awards, Government Category (2016)

All Service Areas

Education

  • Valparaiso University School of Law (2006)
  • Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame (2004)

Admissions

  • State - Indiana
  • Federal - Northern District of Indiana
  • Federal - Southern District of Indiana

Professional Affiliations

  • Accelerate Indiana Municipalities

    Member
    Past Member, Senate Bill 213 Working Group (2017-2018)

  • Hamilton County Bar Association

    Member

  • Indiana Municipal Lawyers Association

    Member, Litigation Committee (2018-present)
    Member, Utilities Committee (2018-present)

  • International Municipal Lawyers Association

    Co-Chair, Code Enforcement Section (2017-present)

  • Indiana State Bar Association

    Member, Government Practice Section (2012-present)

    Past President (2014-2015)
    Past Secretary (2012-2014)

Community Involvement

  • Carmel Rotary Club

    Member (2012-present)
    Past Member, Social Committee (2013)
    Past Fundraising Event Chairman, Summer Gazebo Concert Series (2013)

  • Carmel Youth Assistance Program (CYAP)

    Events Committee (2016-present) 

  • Indy's Best & Brightest

    Awards Ceremony Co-Chair/Emcee (2021) 

  • The Center for the Performing Arts - Carmel, Indiana

    Past Member, Board of Directors (2015-2019)
    Past Member, Development and Programming Committee (2015-2019)
    Past Member, "The Scene" - Leadership Council (2013-2019)

    Past President (2015-2019)
    Event Chairman (2013-2015)

  • Carmel Cable and Telecommunications Commission

    Ex-Officio Member (2012-2020)

  • Carmel Police Merit Board

    Ex-Officio Member (2013-2017)

  • Indiana Republican State Convention

    Delegate (2016)

  • U.S. Conference of Mayors

    Volunteer Ambassador (2016)