- Meet Our Team
Ashley was born and raised in Lakeland, Florida and attended Auburn University in Alabama, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and a minor in Political Science. Ashley obtained her law degree from The University of Alabama School of Law. As a law student, Ashley was the Editor-in-Chief of her school’s law review, The Journal of the Legal Profession, and participated in several moot court competitions, where she earned top marks for her trial advocacy skills. While in law school, Ashley was a judicial intern with the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals and worked for a personal injury firm in Birmingham, Alabama where she gained experience working on complex litigation issues. During her third year of law school, Ashley interned with the Public Defender’s Office in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and was a participant in her school’s Capital Defense Clinic, where she worked closely with defendants charged with capital murder and potentially facing the death penalty.
After graduating from law school, Ashley pursued her lifelong dream to move to Colorado. She worked as a public defender in Aurora, where she began to gain extensive trial experience. Ashley then became as a state public defender in El Paso County and Denver, where she continued to gain invaluable trial and litigation experience. Ashley tried over 50 jury trials during her time as a public defender, most recently trying several high-profile cases involving sexual assaults and first degree murder. Ashley has also been trained in death penalty voir dire.
Ashley’s passion for helping others and standing up for the “underdog” has led her to The Sawaya Law Firm, where she continues to zealously advocate for her clients to receive the compensation they deserve.
In her free time, Ashley enjoys spending time with her partner and their two dogs, Winston and Penny. She enjoys traveling, cooking, camping, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, and skiing.