About Ashley

Although I was recently licensed to practice, I have extensive legal experience: as a court reporter, legal secretary and as a certified paralegal focusing on child welfare issues. During my last year of law school, I served as a certified legal intern representing clients in protection from abuse and custody matters. I am passionate about working with people, and as an advocate my focus is working with you to achieve the best possible outcome for you and/or your family. Every step of the way, I will keep you informed and we will work together to navigate the legal landscape. Each client and matter is unique, and I will do everything within my ability to bring about a positive outcome tailored to your needs. I welcome the opportunity to explore your case and deciding, together, the best way to proceed.

Education

Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law
Philadelphia, PA
J.D. 2018

Drexel University
Philadelphia, PA
B.S. in Communications, Minor in Paralegal Studies 2011

Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania

Work Experience

Berner Klaw & Watson LLP
Philadelphia, PA 2017-Present

Attorney. Practice includes all aspects of family law in Pennsylvania, including adoption, alimony/APL, child support, custody, divorce, domestic violence, grandparent disputes, LGBTQ families, name changes, order modifications, parental relocation, paternity, and spousal support.
Law Clerk. Assisted attorneys in all aspects of practice, including legal research, drafting correspondence and pleadings, trial preparation and case management.

Family Design Resources
Harrisburg, PA 2013-2016

Statewide and Adoption Network Legal Services Initiative Paralegal. Drafted petitions and motions, tracked cases and attended court to assist the solicitors. Prepared petitions to terminate parental rights and attended Orphans’ Court hearings.

Sargent’s Court Reporting Service
Philadelphia, PA 2012-2013

Court Reporter. Prepared notes of testimony for Worker’s Compensation Court hearings, Administrative Law hearings and depositions.

Law Office of Nino V. Tinari & Associates
Philadelphia, PA 2011

Legal Secretary and Office Manager. Maintained the attorney calendar, answered phones, scheduled court hearings and coordinated outgoing client correspondence.

Internships

Berner Klaw & Watson LLP
Philadelphia, PA 2017

Legal Intern. Drafted subpoenas, pretrial memoranda for custody cases, responses to divorce pleadings and stipulations involving child and spousal support. Organized exhibits and assisted with client consultations. Researched in depth legal issues, including date of separation and termination of parental rights.

Civil Litigation Clinic at Philadelphia Legal Assistance
Philadelphia, PA 2017

Certified Legal Intern. Conducted client intake and represented clients in custody and protection from abuse hearings.

Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office
Philadelphia, PA 2011

Private Criminal Complaints Unit Intern. Assisted with taking complaints for alleged misdemeanor offenses, supported police personnel to arrange service on defendants and helped to record and track complaints.

Resources for Human Development
Philadelphia, PA 2010-2011

Political Advocacy Intern. Led Political Advocacy Committee and facilitated political discussions at programs for individuals affected by homelessness, mental health and substance abuse issues.

Bar Association Activities

Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Family Law Section (current)
Member, Philadelphia Bar Association, Family Law Section and Young Lawyers Division (current)
Member, The Nicholas Cipriani American Inn of Court (current)

Boards / Memberships / Community Service

Volunteer, Court Appointed Special Advocate (C.A.S.A.)