Child Welfare Consulting Firm
Top Legal Analyst, Consultant, Juvenile Court Judge & Trial Attorney
Ashley is a nationally recognized Child Welfare Law Specialist and Juvenile Court Judge with over 20 years of experience as a trial attorney and legal analyst. Her life’s work revolves around passionately advocating for and striving to improve the lives of children at risk and youth in the foster care system.
After graduating from Emory University, Ashley quickly established herself as a fervent advocate for children in the juvenile court system, and served as Executive Director for Fulton County CASA for several years. With a small staff and limited budget, she focused her efforts on promoting the agency for public awareness and fundraising, determined to increase the number of CASAS to serve every neglected or abused child who came before the juvenile court. Concurrently, she established her own law practice, where she served as Special Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Human Resources, Dawson and Rockdale County Division of Family and Children Services. She also became active as a Judge Pro Tem in the DeKalb County Juvenile Court. Additionally, she was named Lead Fellow of the Cold Case Project by the Supreme Court of Georgia Committee on Justice for Children (where she has now been named a Special Master,) with the goal of achieving permanency for children in foster care to prevent them from aging out of the foster care system without a home or family.
Most recently, Ashley concluded a 3 year appointment as Director of the State of Georgia Office of the Child Advocate, a position for which she was personally selected by Governor Nathan Deal, overseeing a population of over 13,000 at risk children and youth in foster care. Highlights of her accomplishments as Director include successfully managing the investigation of approximately 600 child welfare complaints each year; completing numerous statewide audits of DFCS to identify and address issues negatively impacting the child welfare system; and providing training and education to legislators, attorney guardians ad litem, agency administrators, and stakeholders, as well as providing protocol training to 159 counties.
Currently, Ashley is back in private practice after establishing her own child welfare consulting firm, where she works as a trial attorney, legal analyst, expert witness, consultant, and Pro Tem Judge specializing in Child Welfare Law. She is a highly sought after guest lecturer and speaker for numerous organizations and universities, dedicating herself to raising public awareness and tirelessly advocating for children. She also has experience in federal court litigating the nuances of child abduction cases under the Hague Abduction Convention.