Ashleigh Iszard Esq.

Ashleigh Iszard Esq.

Manassas, Virginia
Ashleigh has always had a passion for helping others and giving back to the local community. She has worked to incorporate her desire to improve the community in every aspect of her life possible. Prior to attending college, she was pivotal in establishing a student teacher program at the local elementary school for high school students interested in pursuing a career in education. She also co-developed a recycling program for the local high school in which the school used the monies received from recycling to purchase text books for students.

Ashleigh continued to pursue her passion to help others as an undergraduate student at George Mason University. Ashleigh was vice president of a student organization and an active volunteer for several organizations, including Make-A-Wish and Habitat for Humanity. She graduated from George Mason University in 2008 with a degree in Anthropology, with a focus in Archaeology.

After obtaining her undergraduate degree, Ashleigh decided to pursue a career in law as she believed this career path further enabled her to serve the local community. She attended The Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America. At Catholic, Ashleigh served as an associate member of the Catholic University Law Review, received the Law School Merit Scholarship for two years, and participated for two years, as both a legal intern and a student attorney, in the Columbus Community Legal Services' Families and the Law Clinic. In the Clinic, she worked to secure victims of domestic violence with protective orders, securing custody orders and divorces, and VAWA Petitions and U-Visas for clients with immigration issues. Additionally, she was active in the District of Columbia's domestic violence and immigration community. She regularly attended various coalition meetings and volunteered monthly at the District of Columbia's Superior Court's Self-Help center. Ashleigh also served as a volunteer on the District of Columbia's Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board wherein she drafted and presented the monthly report to the Board.

In an effort to diversify her contributions to the local community, Ashleigh also interned for the U.S. Probation Office for the District of Columbia, the U.S. Coast Guard, Office of Environmental and Real Property Law, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons for both the Legislative and Correctional Issues Branch and the Litigation Branch during law school. In these positions Ashleigh worked closely with various division leaders to review and update various regulations and policies to ensure the Agencies were acting appropriately in light of the changing legal climate. These positions provided Ashleigh the confidence in her ability interpret the law and guide the client appropriately.

In 2011 Ashleigh graduated from The Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America, magna cum laude. Thereafter, she was lucky enough to serve as a law clerk to the Honorable Craig D. Johnston in the Circuit Court for the Thirty-First Judicial Circuit. She worked on many complex civil and litigation matters. She gained invaluable experience in understanding the court system, the judiciary, and how legislation drives and affects real world issues.

Ashleigh joined Donna Dougherty Law, PC after her clerkship concluded in August 2012. She was excited by the possibility to join a firm that truly focused on helping others and making a difference in the local community. Since that time, and with the support of her dynamic team members at Donna Dougherty Law, she has dedicated her practice to focus on the intricacies of Family Law, but has also handled appeals to the Virginia Court of Appeals and continues to serve a Guardian ad Litem for children in abuse and neglect matters and custody and visitation.

Ashleigh is currently a member of the Prince William County Bar Association, Fairfax County Bar Association, Virginia Women's Attorney Association, and Virginia Trial Attorney Association. Additionally, she has volunteered with the Prince William Beat the Odds Program, served as a member of the Judicial Liaison Committee for the Prince William Bar Association, and volunteered for the Wills on Wheels program with the Fairfax Bar Association.

Ashleigh enjoys fulfilling her dream of making a difference in the world by helping others and the community. She values the opportunity to assist her clients with both legal and practical issues that arise during her representation.


Areas of Practice

  • Domestic Relations
  • Wills/Estates

Litigation Percentage

  • 50% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 2011


  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D. magna cum laude - 2011
    • Law Review: Catholic University Law Review, Associate Member, Volume 59, 2009 - 2010
  • George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia
    • B.A. - 2008
    • Honors: Order of Omega Honor Society
    • Honors: Dean’s List 5 Semesters
    • Major: Anthropology

Honors and Awards

  • 10 Best Female Attorney, Client Satisfaction, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 2016, 2017
  • Recipient of the Law School Merit Scholarship, 2009-2010; 2010-2011

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Prince William Bar Association
  • Virginia Women's Attorney Association
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Fairfax County Bar Association


  • English