Ashley K. Brown



Ashley Brown was recognized as Kentucky Defense Counsel’s 2017 Defense Lawyer of the Year for her exceptional results and defense verdicts at the trial court level. She is a Member in the Lexington office, focusing solely on civil litigation defense. Her experience includes successfully handling the defense of personal injury claims at trial and on appeal, and summary judgment dismissals of suits prior to trial in both state and federal courts. She regularly works with insurance companies and self-insured clients in all aspects of civil litigation and pre-suit investigation, achieving cost-effective resolutions and even voluntary dismissals.

Awards and Honors

Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent Rating
Litigation Counsel of America, Associate Fellow
Defense Lawyer of the Year, Kentucky Defense Counsel, Inc, 2017
“Kentucky Rising Star” by Super Lawyers®, 2016-2021


Defense Research Institute
DRI Trucking Law Committee
DRI Women in Law
Fayette County Bar Association
Fayette County Bar Association Women’s Lawyers Section
Kentucky Bar Association
Kentucky Defense Counsel
Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
Transportation Lawyers Association

Admitted to Practice

U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2014
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, 2009
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, 2009
Kentucky Supreme Court, 2008

Professional Leadership

Leadership Lexington Class 2017-2018
Kentucky Defense Counsel Women’s Section Committee, 2016-Present
Kentucky Defense Counsel Membership Committee, 2014-Present
Kentucky Defense Counsel YLS Committee, 2014-2015


J.D., University of Kentucky, 2008
B.A., Spanish/Geography Minor, University of Kentucky, 2005


Salyersville, Kentucky

Representative Cases

Bradley v. Louisville Mega Cavern, LLC, 2021: Defense verdict in a wrongful death jury trial in which the estate alleged that negligence on the part of the premises owner caused the decedent’s death. The estate sought $60,000,000 in compensatory and punitive damages.

Barnett v. Peters, 2020: Jury trial in which liability was admitted, and only causation of the alleged injury was at issue. The jury agreed with our client, awarding damages for only initial treatment which was stipulated by the defense.

Risely v. Caudill & Wright, Inc., 2019: Defense verdict on liability in a premises liability jury trial in a case alleging a dangerous condition on the restaurant property caused damages in excess of $1,000,000.

Renot v. SECURA Insurance, 2019: Defense verdict on causation of damages in a jury trial for underinsured motorist benefits in which liability was stipulated.

Draper v. Trace Creek Softball League, Inc., et al., 2019: Published Kentucky Court of Appeals opinion upholding summary judgment for softball league based on Kentucky’s Recreational Use Statute.

Lucas v. Caudill & Wright Enterprises, Inc., 2017:  Defense verdict in premises liability jury trial involving alleged violations of Kentucky Building Code and Americans with Disabilities Act Architectural Guidelines.

Mudd v. Crossland Properties, et al., 2017:  Defense verdict on liability in premises liability jury trial; partial summary judgment diminishing damages granted prior to trial.

DKCD, Inc. v. T+C Contracting, 2015:  Summary judgment granted for subcontractor in construction defect case in federal court.

Smith v. City of Barbourville, 2014:  Summary judgment granted for City and police department in excessive force case.

Ratliff v. Sears, Roebuck and Co., 2013:  Defense verdict in auto accident jury trial.

Tyler v. Arvin Sango, 2012:  Jury trial resulting in fault split equally between parties and damages significantly diminished due to pre-trial motion practice.

Shetler v. Besam US Inc., 2012:  Summary judgment granted for manufacturer in product liability case in federal court.

Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency v. Alliance Corp., 2011:  Successfully defended appeal of favorable arbitration award in construction defect case.

Burgin v. Bob Swope Ford, 2010:  Defense verdict in premises liability jury trial.

Kremer v. Sears, Roebuck and Co., 2009:  Summary judgment granted for retailer/servicer in product liability case.