Attorney Ashley Rutherford Starling

Ashley Rutherford Starling

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Practice Areas:

  • Car Crashes
  • Trucking Crashes

Ashley Starling is a trial attorney focusing on car and trucking accidents, wrongful death, catastrophic injuries, and animal attacks. She is a board member for the Ohio Association of Justice Trucking Safety Section. Her passion is to help injured victims seek justice, compensation, and peace. She has been named a Superlawyers Rising Star for five years in a row in personal injury, an honor afforded to only two percent of the lawyers in Ohio.

Before practicing with Willis Spangler Starling, Ashley was an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Ohio. While working for the State, she practiced civil litigation. She represented state agencies in federal and state courts throughout Ohio, including the Ohio Supreme Court.

Ashley attended Marshall University where she received her Bachelor's Degree of Business Administration cum laude in Management and Economics. She earned her Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Louisville.

Ashley is a native of Huntington, West Virginia and currently resides in Powell, Ohio with her husband Jason and her two children.

Ashley believes that client communication is the key to a successful attorney-client relationship. Ashley and her paralegals are available by phone without an appointment, and she invites questions and emails.


  • University of Louisville School of Law, Louisville, Kentucky
    • Juris Doctorate
    • Honors: National Mock Trial Team
  • Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia
    • B.B.A.
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Presidential Scholar
    • Honors: Promise Scholarship Recipient
    • Major: Business Management

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit


  • Top 15 at Mrs. America, Mrs. Ohio America
  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers

Publications/Speaking Engagements

  • Entrepreneurship and Law Office Management –, Miami, Fl, 2020
  • The Toddler Tango: Managing Childcare With a High-Volume Practice, Above the Law,
  • Practical Tips for Finding and Preserving Evidence in Trucking Cases – Ohio Association for Justice Quarterly October 2019
  • Broker Shipper Liability and the Savage Rule –Colorado Trial Lawyers Association Ferrer & Trucking Seminar, Denver, Colorado, 2019
  • Fashion Forward: Has Women’s Professional Attire Really Changed?– Ohio Association for Justice Quarterly, April 2019
  • The Truck Driver as a Plaintiff – Ohio Association for Justice Trucking Safety CLE 2018
  • Fundamental Law Office Management – Getaway CLE New Lawyer Training, 2018, 2019
  • Basic Personal Injury Law – Getaway CLE New Lawyer Training, 2018, 2019
  • Removal to Federal Court: How to Identify, How to Attack, and How to Remand, Ohio Association for Justice Quarterly, April 2014
  • Preparing a Winning Trial Wardrobe – ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice: Trial Techniques Committee Newsletter, Winter 2011

Community Activities

  • Women’s Caucus Chair, Ohio Association for Justice
  • Board Member, Ohio Association for Justice Trucking Safety Section
  • Co-Director of Mrs. Ohio America and Miss Ohio for America
  • Mrs. Ohio America 2015, Top 15 at Mrs. America
  • Ask the Attorney on ABC 6
  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital Development Board, New Member Vice-President, 2014
  • 2011 Board of Directors, Writers in Residence Coordinator, Ms.

Fraternities or Sororities

  • Delta Zeta

Current Employment Position

  • Attorney & Principal

Past Positions

  • State of Ohio, Assistant Attorney General