Ashley A. Wenger
Ashley Wenger advises and represents employers on all types of employment law matters. She has successfully defended local and national companies’ interests in state and federal court, obtaining summary judgment, Rule 12 dismissal, and favorable settlements in numerous lawsuits. Ashley has extensive experience drafting and arguing dispositive and non-dispositive motions, taking and defending depositions, mediating settlements, and responding to administrative charges, investigations, and subpoenas for both single-plaintiff and class/collective action matters.
In addition to employment law, Ashley has extensive experience in civil rights cases and commercial litigation, including contract disputes, product liability defense, construction law, and securities class actions. Ashley’s courtroom experience includes second-chairing a jury trial and motion practice on clients’ behalf. Following law school, Ashley clerked for the Honorable Thomas J. Kalitowski at the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
Ashley serves as Co-chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Women in the Legal Profession Committee and is a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee.
- Rule 12 Dismissal of plaintiff’s individual and class claims against client, U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, 2011
- Voluntary dismissal of multi-million dollar claim against client (only non-settling defendant) in multi-party action just short of trial, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, 2011
- Summary Judgment for defendant manufacturer, U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, 2010
- Overturned a temporary restraining order that broker’s former employer had obtained fifteen days earlier, convincing the FINRA arbitration panel to refuse to enforce an overly broad non-solicitation agreement against broker and his new employer, FINRA Arbitration, 2009
- Defense verdict following jury trial in copy-cat litigation for client involved in repeat litigation across the country, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 2008
- Dismissal of multiple administrative charges of discrimination brought against local and national companies in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa
Education and Honors
J.D., magna cum laude, University of Minnesota Law School, 2007
B.A., summa cum laude, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2004
- Dean’s List
- Supervising Editor, Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology
- Student Director of UMN's Child Advocacy Clinic
- Phi Beta Kappa
- Member of the Chancellor’s Honorary (The Innocent’s Society)
- Honors Program
- UNL Spirit Squad, Cheerleading Captain
- Selected to participate in Minnesota Women Lawyer's Leadership Project (2010-2012)
- Minnesota State Bar Association (Women in the Legal Profession Committee; Member of MSBA’s 2010-2011 Employer Diversity Survey Update Task Force)
- Minnesota Women Lawyers
- Federal Bar Association (Member of New Lawyers Section)
- Children’s Law Center Volunteer Attorney
- Park Avenue United Methodist Church (Staff Parish Relations Committee)
- Merrick, Inc. (Board of Trustees)
- Minnesota CLE's Employment Law Webinar Series - "Fashion Victim or Discrimination? Avoiding Appearance Discrimination Lawsuits" - October 26, 2011
- Ogletree Deakins Employment Law Breakfast Briefing - "Calling Balls & Strikes: Update on Recent Supreme Court and Other Court Decisions" - Minneapolis - September 16, 2010
- State of Minnesota Human Resource Directors - "Social Media: Legal and Business Concerns " - Minneapolis - June 17, 2010
In The News
- March 2, 2012 - - "Online Resumes Have Pros and Cons"
- 2010 - Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute - "2009-2010 Eighth Circuit and District Court Update"
- 2006 - J. Legal Medicine - "Subordinating Sound Medical Findings to Moral and Political Agendas"
- 2006 - Sex Roles - "The Effect of Substance Use and Relationship Closeness on Jurors’ Perceptions of Victims in Cases of Alleged Sexual Assault"