meet ashley


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I'm an artist, attorney, consultant, graduate student, adventurer, music fiend, nature lover and activist.

I’m licensed to practice law in GA and TN and I attended Duke University where I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and Visual Art/Art History before heading to law school at the University of Denver. My background as a licensed attorney includes work as a litigator in courts throughout Georgia and Tennessee, employment at international law firm King & Spalding, employment as General Counsel and Vice President of Business Development for a private company, service as a sole practitioner and a role as Associate Counsel for Live Nation where I was most recently credited as legal in the official Puff Daddy and Lady Gaga documentaries.

In 2018, I launched a consulting platform with clients including high level international touring artists in various genres, acclaimed producers with projects at major international film festivals, huge brands and companies whose creative content includes important political messages, law firms, alternative arts practitioners, disruptive leaders in business and the world’s first sustainable town, hidden away in the Panamanian jungle.

My pro bono work has included matters for TN Volunteer Lawyers and Professionals for the Arts and GA Lawyers for the Arts and I have been active in multiple bar associations, have held the roles of Co-Chair and Content Editor for the American Bar Association (ABA), Young Lawyers Division, Committee on the Entertainment and Sports Industry 2015-2016, Vice-Chair of Committees 2016-2017, and was on the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Committee for the ABA Entertainment and Sports Forum 2016-2017. 

I now live in Portland where I am earning my MFA in Visual Studies and MA in Critical Studies at Pacific Northwest College of Art to explore the intersection of art, music, nature, philosophy, activism and primitive tools like holistic healing to effectuate positive community transformation.

I am a published author and frequent speaker at legal and entertainment industry events and I assist creative entrepreneurs as a holistic life and business consultant. I spend my free time creating art, running long distances, saving the planet and checking out live music worldwide.


My art creates beauty from my personal and professional challenges as an attorney battling in the trenches of political and philosophical dramas. Employing materials found in everyday existence, I create delicate atmospheres that invite the viewer to engage. My art advocates for causes and creatures without a voice, using tools like my shredded bills and the herbs from my garden to calm my chronic pain and anxiety. I bring my trials to life through tactile, three-dimensional pieces that create discourse.

My current work explores how humans manipulate plants, minerals and other materials in the name of transformation on individual, institutional and policy levels. Through my labor-intensive creative processes, such as growing living art materials from plants and crafting suspended forms form thousands of tiny shreds of paper, I create physical spaces where I explore the effects of the passage of time, meditation rituals, and ways in which people connect with each other, their inner selves, and their perceived spirit realms. My art imperfectly grapples with the challenges I have faced and allows me to process them mentally, rendering them more manageable for me and others, creating a sense of community and a shared mission to survive.


EDUCATION:

  • Duke University: Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy + Visual Art/Art History

  • University of Denver: Juris Doctor

  • Studio Arts College International: Semester in Italy studying Art + Art History

  • Berklee College of Music/Southern New Hampshire University: partial Music Business MBA coursework completed

  • Pacific Northwest College of Art: MFA in Visual Studies + MA in Critical Studies (expected graduation 2021)

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:

  • "AWAKE ART: Using Your 6 Senses to Ignite Your Creative Power," 8.4.18 - Portland, OR

  • "AWAKE ART: Using Your 6 Senses to Ignite Your Creative Power," 8.1.18 - Portland, OR

  • Atlanta Legal Experts on Pro Business RadioX: Guest Speaker, 10.11.16 - Atlanta, GA

  • John Marshall Law School Entertainment & Sports Contract Negotiation Panel/ Workshop: 9.29.16 - Atlanta, GA

  • State Bar of Georgia “Social Media and the Law” ICLE: “Celebrities & Public Figures Legalities,” 9.16.16 - Atlanta, GA

  • Bronze Lens Film Festival Legal Mashup: “Music in Film,” 8.25.16 - Atlanta, GA

  • American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division: “Hit the Ground Running: Tackling the First Year” 5.6.16 - St. Louis, MO

  • John Marshall School of Law: “Live Nation Presents: Sync or Swim: Sync, Micro-licensing and Streaming” 2.20.16 - Atlanta, GA

  • American Bar Association: “Hitting a Hole in One: Licensing 101 & Best Practices for Sports Counsel,” 2.5.16 - San Diego, CA

  • Emory School of Law, Sports and Entertainment Law Society: “Careers in Entertainment Law,” 10.30.15 - Atlanta, GA

  • John Marshall School of Law, “An Entertainment Law Panel Discussion” 10.27.15 - Atlanta, GA

  • CLE: “Minding Your Business: Representing Creatives in the Entertainment Industry” 10.23.15 - Atlanta, GA

  • San Diego Bar Association [Remote Webinar]: “Music Law in the Digital Age,” 10.20.15 - San Diego, CA

  • American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division: “Social Media and the Law: A Blessing or a Curse?,” 10.16.15 - Little Rock, AR

  • Americana Music Conference and Festival: “From the Song to the Bank,” 9.16.15 - Nashville, TN

  • Writing Sessions America Songwriter Seminar at The 5 Arts Fest: “The State of Music,” 9.12.15 - Atlanta, GA

  • Writing Sessions America Live Radio Event: “Monetizing Your Copyrights,” 7.23.15 - Atlanta, GA

  • Writing Sessions America National Conference Call: “State of the Music Biz: I Want a Deal,” 5.31.15 - Atlanta, GA

  • Atlanta Legal Experts on Pro Business RadioX: Guest Speaker with Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens, 4.28.15 - Atlanta, GA

  • National Association of Record Industry Professionals: “Overview of Synch Deals,” 2.18.15 - Atlanta, GA

  • Georgia Lawyers for the Arts: “Artist Alert: Covering Your Assets-Litigation in Entertainment,” 11.17.14 - Atlanta, GA

PUBLICATIONS:

AFFILIATIONS + AWARDS:

  • 2016-2017 Vice Chair of Committees and Liaisons and Programming Manager, American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division

  • 2016-2017 Publications Committee Leader, American Bar Association Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Division

  • 2015-2016 Co-Chair and Content Editor, American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Committee on the Sports and Entertainment Industry

  • American Bar Association, Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, Member

  • Georgia Bar Association, Sports and Entertainment Group Member

  • Tennessee Volunteer Lawyers and Professionals for the Arts, Volunteer Member

  • Georgia Lawyers for the Arts, Volunteer Member

  • National Association of Record Industry Professionals, Member

  • Shepherd Center Junior Committee 2011 and 2013

  • Knoxville Bar Association

  • Tennessee Bar Association

  • Delta Delta Delta Sorority

  • Atlanta Bar Association

  • Cobb County Bar Association

  • International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, Atlanta Board

  • Recipient of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division “Star of the Quarter” Award, Fall 2015

  • Guest Judge, American Bar Association Law Student Division Arbitration Competition, Emory University School of Law, November 2015

  • American Bar Association, “On the Rise: Top 40 Lawyers” Nominee Spring 2016

  • Georgia Trend “40 Under 40” Nominee Spring 2016

  • Super Lawyers Rising Star Nominee 2016 + 2017

  • 10 out of 10 rating on Avvo.com

ART EXHIBITIONS:

  • Lodge Gallery: Portland, Oregon 2018

  • Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, Oregon 2018