ASHLEY WHITE
Associate

Practice Areas

Municipal Law
Land Use

PRACTICE DESCRIPTION

Ashley has been passionate about public law since entering law school. She was enrolled in the dual degree program at the University of Tennessee and obtained her Master of Public Administration in conjunction with her Juris Doctor. While in law school, she was the Executive Editor for the Tennessee Journal of Law and Policy and a Research Editor for the Howard J. Baker Journal of Applied Public Policy. Upon graduation, she was the 2010 recipient of the Frank M. Ennix Award due to her demonstrated commitment to public service throughout law school.

For the past five years, Ashley's practice has focused on providing legal advice to cities, public utilities, special districts and other government entities. Prior to joining our firm, she worked at law firms in Richardson, Texas and San Antonio Texas; both of which specialized in the legal representation of government entities. She has served as the City Attorney and Deputy City Attorney for various cities throughout Texas.

Before entering the private sector, Ashley was an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Corpus Christi, Texas. There, she was the sole juvenile prosecutor, one of two adult municipal prosecutors and the back-up prosecutor for environmental court. She was also an Attorney-Advisor for the U.S. Small Business Administration, where she provided advice on matters pertaining to loan collateral, deeds, title reports, insurance, and building permits.

In 2014, Ashley was one of twenty attorneys across the state selected to participate in the "LeadershipSBOT" leadership academy sponsored by the State Bar of Texas. That same year, she was an honoree on the Lawyers of Color Hot List. Currently, she serves as an appointed member of the Public Affairs Committee for the State Bar of Texas, which oversees planning the Open Government Seminar for the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting. Ashley is also active in the local bar and serves on the Pro Bono and Public Affairs committees for the Dallas Bar Association. Beyond legal organizations, Ashley is a member and volunteer for Junior League of Dallas, Habitat for Humanity and Equality Texas.

SELECTED ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Presenter at the 2017 Annual Hot Topics Seminar sponsored by Brown & Hofmeister, LLP, "The Sky is the Limit: Local Regulation of Flying Drones"

EDUCATION

J.D., University of Tennessee College of Law, 2010
M.P.A. (with highest distinction), University of Tennessee, 2010
B.A. (with honors), English and International Studies, Southern Methodist University, 2006

LICENSURE

  • State Bar of Texas

Personal

Due to her father's job, Ashley spent her childhood moving from state to state and even overseas. As a result of her upbringing, she has a very adaptive personality and tends to thrive in any environment. Her family moved to Dallas when she was a junior in high school and she is a proud graduate of Bishop Dunne Catholic School, located in the heart of Oak Cliff. In her spare time, you will likely find her somewhere in the Bishop Arts District, riding her bike around Uptown, hiking at Cedar Ridge Preserve or playing video games at the Cidercade.