Ashley’s practice focuses on providing practical advice and assistance to employers on daily employment matters such as interviewing, hiring, firing, disciplining, training, investigating, and drafting and implementing workplace policies. She defends employers in courts, before state and federal agencies, and at arbitration and mediation in workplace discrimination, harassment, retaliation claims, wage-and-hour, and other employment-related claims. Ashley also regularly responds to open-records requests on behalf of local governments and advises on record-retention requirements. In addition to being a member of the firm’s Employment Law Practice Group, she is a member of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group, where she represents clients in all aspects of litigation.

In law school, Ashley was a member of the American University International Law Review and the Legislation and Policy Brief. She also worked as a legal intern for The Honorable Anna Blackburne-Rigsby of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and in the U.S. House of Representatives. Prior to joining Lloyd Gosselink, Ashley worked as a key staff member in the Texas House of Representatives during the 80th, 81st, and 83rd legislative sessions.

  • Practice Areasopen

  • Professional Licenses and Educationopen

    • Admitted to State Bar of Texas (2014)
    • Admitted to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Courts for the Western and Southern Districts of Texas
    • J.D., American University, Washington College of Law (2013)
    • B.A., University of Texas at Austin (2008)

  • Representative Experienceopen

    • Representing employers before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) to defend them against claims of unlawful discrimination and retaliation, including drafting of Position Statements.
    • Drafting and updating employee handbooks and policies.
    • Representing and consulting governmental entities regarding compliance with the Texas Public Information Act, the Texas Open Meetings Act, the Local Government Records Act, and ethics and conflict-of-interest laws.
    • Drafting pleadings and motions, and drafting and responding to discovery requests.
    • Providing legal opinion letters and day-to-day compliance advice to employers.
    • Advising and representing local governments on issues unique to public entities such as governmental immunity, preemption, statutory scopes of authority, public contract disputes, and bond validation.
    • Notable litigation successes include: obtaining summary judgment and dismissal of discrimination claim in favor of employer in employment discrimination suit by former employee of a telecommunications provider; obtaining summary judgment in favor of employer in invasion-of-privacy suit brought by former employee of a telecommunications provider; and grant of jurisdictional plea on immunity for governmental client, which was affirmed on appeal.

  • Publications and Presentationsopen

    • Presenter, “The No-Stress Guide to Employee Medical Leave and Accommodations: Practical Guide to the ADA and FMLA,” the Texas Workforce Commission Texas Business Conference, April 2018
    • Co-Author, “Preventing and Responding to Workplace Sexual Harassment in the #MeToo Era,” the Texas Workforce Commission’s Texas Business Today Publication, First Quarter 2018; and the Lone Star Current, January 2018
    • Presenter, “The CPA’s No-Stress Guide to Employment Law,” the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants Continuing Professional Education EXPO Conference, November 30, 2017 (Arlington, TX), December 5, 2017 (San Antonio, TX), December 8, 2017 (Houston, TX)
    • Co-Author, “Exercise Caution when Issuing a Notice of Termination,” the Lone Star Current, October 2017
    • Presenter, “By the Book: A No-Stress Guide to Legal Citations,” presented to the Austin Legal Professionals Association, August 2017 (Austin, TX)
    • Co-Author and Presenter, “Employment Law Update: Sex, Drugs, and Tweets Galore,” presented at the Texas City Attorneys Association Summer Conference 2017 (South Padre Island, TX)
    • Co-Presenter, “Managing Employee Pay and Leave,” presented at the Central Texas Chapter of the American Payroll Association April 2017 Meeting (Austin, TX)
    • Co-Author, “New Exempt Salary Minimum Rule Effective December 1st,” The Lone Star Current, October 2016
    • Co-Author, “Employee Drug Testing,” Texas City Attorneys Association Summer Conference, June 2016; and The Lone Star Current, July 2016
    • Co-Author, “Tips for Conducting Effective Internal Investigations of Employment Discrimination,” The Lone Star Current, April 2016

  • Professional Associations and Membershipsopen

    • State Bar of Texas
      – Labor & Employment Law Section
      – Litigation Section
    • Austin Bar Association
      – Labor & Employment Law Section
      – Civil Litigation Section
    • Austin Young Lawyers Association
    • Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association
      – Board Member
    • Society for Human Resource Management

  • Personal Profileopen

    Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Ashley fell in love with Austin the moment she arrived at the University of Texas and is proud to call the capital city home. When not in the office, you can find Ashley enjoying Austin’s live music scene, cheering on her Texas Longhorns, or practicing yoga.