Ashley A. Wenger-Slaba


Ashley Wenger-Slaba 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. Ashley has also successfully briefed and argued an Eighth Circuit appeal.

In addition to employment law, Ashley has extensive experience in civil rights cases and commercial litigation, including contract disputes and product liability defense. Following law school, Ashley clerked for the Honorable Thomas J. Kalitowski at the Minnesota Court of Appeals.


  • Summary Judgment for defendant railroad on plaintiff's 49 U.S.C. § 20109 retaliation claim, U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, 2013
  • Rule 12 Dismissal of plaintiff’s individual and class claims against client, U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, 2011; Rule 12 dismissal affirmed by the Eighth Circuit, 2012
  • 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

Honors and Awards: 
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers Rising Star (2013)
  • Selected to participate in Minnesota Women Lawyer's Leadership Project (2010-2012)
  • University of Minnesota Law School - Dean's List
  • Supervising Editor, Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology
  • Student Director of University of Minnesota Law School's Child Advocacy Clinic
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Member of the Chancellor's Honorary (The Innocent's Society)
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Honors Program
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Spirit Squad, Cheerleading Captain

Professional Activities

Professional Activities: 
  • Minnesota State Bar Association (Women in the Legal Profession Committee; Member of MSBA's Employer Diversity Survey Update Task Force)
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • Sioux Empire SHRM, Curriculum Committee
  • Minnesota State Bar Association Investigator Training - "The ADA, FMLA and Workers' Compensation" - Minneapolis - March 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Employment Law Breakfast Briefing - "Staying in Bounds: Internal Investigations" - Minneapolis - October 17, 2012
  • Minnesota CLE's Employment Law Webinar Series - "Fashion Victim or Discrimination? Avoiding Appearance Discrimination Lawsuits" - October 2011 / February 2012
  • 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

Media Quotes:
Published Works:
  • October 10, 2013 - Ogletree Deakins Blog Post - "Federal Court in Minnesota Provides Guidance on Non-Injury Retaliation Claims Under FRSA"
  • February 25, 2013 - Ogletree Deakins Blog Post - "Be a Super Sleuth - Part Three: Conducting Your Workplace Investigation"
  • January 29, 2013 - Ogletree Deakins Blog Post - "Be a Super Sleuth - Part Two: Preparing for and Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations"
  • December 14, 2012 - Ogletree Deakins Blog Post - "Be a Super Sleuth - Part One: Laying the Framework for Effective Workplace Investigations"
  • July 9, 2012 - Ogletree Deakins Blog Post - "Third-Party Retaliation Claims After Thompson v. North American Stainless"
  • March 2, 2012 - Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal - "Online Resumes Have Pros and Cons"
  • 2012 - Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute - "2011-2012 Eighth Circuit and District Court Update"
  • 2011 - Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute - "2010-2011 Eighth Circuit and District Court Update"
  • 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"