Ward, Hocker & Thornton, PLLC

*Ashley K. Brown

Office Phone: 859.422.6000 ext 462
Email: abrown@whtlaw.com
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Practice Areas

  • Appellate
  • Construction Liability
  • General Liability
  • Premises / Dram Shop
  • Product Liability
  • Trucking / Transportation
Ashley Brown was recognized as Kentucky Defense Counsel’s 2017 Defense Lawyer of the Year for her exceptional results and defense verdicts at the trial court level. She is a member and manages a Trial Team in WHT’s Lexington office, focusing solely on civil litigation defense. She earned a national reputation as a trial lawyer, having obtained numerous defense verdicts in large exposure and catastrophic injury cases. Ashley frequently lectures nationally for claims professionals and lawyers and is retained by her peers to serve as a mediator in Kentucky.

Martindale Rating

Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Rating


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

Bar Admissions

  • 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

Awards And Honors

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

Personal/Civil Memberships

  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • Fellow for Litigation Counsel of America
  • Kentucky Representative for Defense Research Institute
  • Defense Research Institute Young Lawyers
  • Fayette County Bar Association
  • Fayette County Bar Association Women’s Lawyers Section
  • Fayette County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Kentucky Defense Counsel
  • Kentucky Defense Counsel Young Lawyers Section
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance


  • Automobile Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Employment Law
  • Fire and Casualty
  • Insurance Defense and Coverage
  • Premises Liability
  • Products Liability
  • Trucking, Transportation and Freight
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