Ashley works within the Data and Discovery Strategies Practice team, using her considerable experience in data technology, researching, reviewing and evaluating information to protect and defend clients’ legal and business interests.
Ashley’s experience includes document review involving confidentiality and privilege claims and reviewing documents for privilege logs. Ashley supports the DDS team with research related to document preservation. She also assists with the review of deposition transcripts for the litigation teams. Ashley has worked on document reviews for product liability and tort litigation matters.
Before joining Shook, Ashley worked as an assistant state’s attorney in the State’s Attorney’s Office for Prince George’s County, Maryland, where she reviewed and evaluated 600-700 cases monthly. There she conducted interviews; drafted indictments, pleadings and trial motions; and developed and guided investigations. Ashley was responsible for prosecuting cases—presenting cases to the Court and jury─and negotiating plea agreements. Her excellent skills in pre-trial information-gathering demonstrated the importance of superior data and discovery in determining favorable trial outcomes.
Earlier in her career, Ashley clerked for the Hon. Donine Carrington-Martin of the Circuit Court of Charles County, Maryland, where she utilized the Maryland Electronic Courts (MDEC) e-filing case management system to research legal issues and review cases, and drafted legal memorandums, completed initial appearance paperwork and ensured orders were accurately and timely submitted in compliance with applicable statutory requirements. Ashley also worked for an eDiscovery firm as a first-level document reviewer, where she assisted attorneys in the processing, reviewing and production of electronically stored information (ESI) and ensured the preservation of client ESI using the Relativity platform to facilitate discovery.
Presentations and Publications
Adoption By the Numbers: Two Years Later, How Should the Florida Courts Navigate the “Not-So-New” Florida Summary Judgment Rule?, The Florida Bar Journal, September 2023.
The What, Where, Why, When and How of Cloud-Based eDiscovery, ACC Information Governance Network: December Legal Update, December 15, 2022.
Implications of California S.B. 1149 (the “Public Right to Know Act”), ACC Information Governance Network July Legal Update, July 21, 2022.
Monopoly Money Without the Monopoly, Maryland Bar Journal, 2019.
State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy Chats With Ashley Ward, Women Making a Difference, Prince George's State's Attorney's Office, November 25, 2020.