Ashley K. Brown



WHT Member Ashley Brown was recognized as Kentucky Defense Counsel’s 2017 Defense Lawyer of the Year for her exceptional results and jury trial defense verdicts. 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 carriers and self-insured companies in all aspects of civil litigation and pre-suit investigation, achieving cost-effective resolutions and even voluntary dismissals. Ashley’s practice has an emphasis in defending of construction defect and catastrophic injury claims. In addition to her courtroom experience, Ashley routinely presents educational seminars at national defense conferences to lawyers and insurance professionals, and serves as a mediator across Kentucky.

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

Salyersville, Kentucky

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

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
Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
Trial Law Institute
Diversity Law Institute
Barrister, Order of Juris

The Best Lawyers in America, 2023
Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent Rating
Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
Defense Lawyer of the Year, Kentucky Defense Counsel, Inc, 2017
“Kentucky Rising Star” by Super Lawyers®, 2016-2023

DRI State Representative for Kentucky, 2021-2024
DRI Membership Committee Chair for Kentucky, 2018-present
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

Board Member, Compassionate Lexington
Deacon, Crestwood Christian Church
2021 Chair, March of Dimes Signature Chefs Event

Walls v. Whispering Wheels, LLC, 2022: Unanimous defense verdict in a premises liability jury trial involving allegations that a defect in the defendant’s floor, and failure to warn of same, caused the plaintiff to fall and sustain significant injuries and nearly $900,000 in damages.

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.