Ashley Dring Davis

Ashley Davis has argued before the second-highest federal court in the country

Ashley D. Davis

Not many associate attorneys have argued federal jury trials, but early in her career Ashley Davis prosecuted three civil rights cases on behalf of U.S. prison inmates. Such work made her skilled in the intense preparation and high-level rhetoric needed to serve clients in emotion-filled family law proceedings and a host of other civil courtroom cases.

“I really like client interaction: talking to clients almost every day, helping them through any emergencies they’re having. The legal process is very scary for a lot of people,” says Davis. Her early maturity in litigation has also led her to argue before the federal 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, the second-highest court after the U.S. Supreme Court, on behalf of a bank pressing a mortgage contract lawsuit.

Ashley’s court experiences have made her savvy to the many interpersonal relationships in the legal process. She crafts presentations that appeal to the tastes of particular judges and relates with sensitivity to jury panels. But her most important relationship is to her clients: “I think it’s important we’re here working for them, listening to them, helping them out in any way we can.”

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Phone: 217-544-3403
Fax: 217-544-1593
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Areas of Practice
Civil Rights
Child Custody and Support
Divorce and Domestic Relations
Litigation and Appeals
Wills, Estates & Probate

Bar Admissions
Illinois, 2010

U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 2011

U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, 2013

University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, IL, J.D., 2010
Graduated Cum Laude
Law Review: Elder Law Journal, 2008–2010

University of Illinois, Champaign, IL, B.A., English, 2007
Graduated Cum Laude
Honors: Dean’s List

Professional Membership
American Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Sangamon County Bar Association
Central Illinois Women’s Bar Association


Prosecuted three federal jury trials against U.S. prisons and prison personnel, arguing on behalf of federal prisoners whose civil rights had been violated.

  • Served as the lone plaintiff’s attorney in one trial.
  • Co-chaired with another plaintiff’s attorney in the second trial.
  • Served as second chair to a lead plaintiff’s attorney in the third trial.
Argued on behalf of a corporation engaged in a mortgage contract lawsuit before the 7th Circuit Court.

Helped many families in family law disputes ranging from divorce to child custody to elder care and domestic abuse.

Worked on a wide variety of other civil litigation cases.