A.Kelliher.pAshley is special counsel to the firm. She concentrates her practice on employment litigation and counseling, and civil rights defense. Ashley also handles personal injury litigation, including premises liability cases. She began her practice in 2008 with a preeminent plaintiff’s employment law firm in the Denver area. After three years, she joined a mid-sized civil defense firm where she represented private businesses, municipalities, and their officials/employees in employment, civil rights, commercial, and personal injury legal matters. Ashley has successfully tried employment and commercial litigation cases. She regularly counsels employers on best employment practices, drafts employee handbooks, conducts workplace investigations, negotiates separations, and represents employers in administrative proceedings before federal and state agencies. She has significant experience negotiating pre-litigation resolution of cases. She litigates in both state and federal court, and has extensive deposition and mediation experience.

Email: akelliher@allen-curry.com

Admitted to Practice

United States District Court, District of Colorado
Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals

Professional Activities

Colorado Defense Lawyers Association,
Government/Tort Committee Vice Chair
Colorado Bar Association,
Labor & Employment Section
Denver Bar Association
Colorado Women’s Bar Association
Faculty of Federal Advocates
Defense Research Institute,
Employment and Government Liability Sections
Colorado Municipal League


2008, J.D., Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco, California
2002, B.A. Political Science & Economics, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado

Publications and Speeches

Colorado Defense Lawyers Association Annual Conference, July 2016, “Legal Considerations and Consequences of Working from Home”
Lorman Education Services Seminar, Spring 2014, “Intersection of Employment and Worker’s Compensation”
Seminar to clients, August 2013, “Marijuana in the Workplace”
The Practitioner’s Guide to Colorado Employment Law, January 2011, “Unemployment Hearings”
Colorado Bar Association Employment Law Conference, May 2010, “Representing Claimants and Employers in Unemployment Hearing”
Colorado Bar Association Employment Law Conference, May 2009, “National Origin and Religious Discrimination Claims”

Notable Reported Cases and Career Highlights

Smith v. Thornton: Dismissal of action pursuant to successful Trinity evidentiary hearing in Adams County District Court concerning police chase resulting in serious injuries to a bystander.
Siyed v. Denver: Summary judgment dismissal of Fourth Amendment constitutional claims in Denver District Court case involving enforcement of a protection order.
Bondo v. Woodland Park: Summary judgment dismissal of Fourth Amendment use of deadly force claims in case before the United States District Court for the District of Colorado.
Higuchi v. Delta Tau Delta: Dismissal of wrongful death action in Arapahoe County District Court, and successful removal of action to arbitration pursuant to arbitration agreement.
Williams v. Fantasy Night Club: Defense verdict in personal injury arbitration involving intentional tort claims and traumatic brain injury.
Adan v. Yellow Cab: Claimants’ verdict in Section 1981 race discrimination arbitration on behalf of twenty African immigrant cab drivers.