Ashleigh has always had a passion for helping others and giving back to the local community. She worked to incorporate her desire to give back in every aspect of her life. Ashleigh attended George Mason University and graduated with a degree in Anthropology, with a focus in Archaeology. While there, she served as a vice president of a student organization and an active volunteer for several charitable organizations such as Make-A-Wish and Habitat for Humanity.
After obtaining her undergraduate degree, Ashleigh decided to pursue a career in law to further serve her local community and 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, 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. Through her work in the clinic, she assisted victims of domestic violence with custody and divorce matters, obtain protective orders, and with immigration issues to include obtaining VAWA's and U-Visas. Additionally, she served as a volunteer on the District of Columbia's Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board and actively worked with many of the District's domestic violence and immigration coalitions. During law school, 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, thus providing her with the expertise and confidence in her ability to 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.
After law school, Ashleigh served as a law clerk to the Honorable Craig D. Johnston in the Circuit Court for the Thirty-First Judicial Circuit working on complex civil and litigation matters. She joined Donna Dougherty Law, PC after her clerkship concluded in August 2012. From 2012 to 2017, with the support of her dynamic team members at Donna Dougherty Law, she dedicated her practice to focus on the intricacies of Family Law. In doing so she worked to secure clients success in complex settlement negotiations, contested litigation, and appeals, both to the Circuit Court as well as the Virginia Court of Appeals. She also served as a Guardian ad Litem for children in abuse and neglect matters and custody and visitation. In 2018, with the merger of Donna Dougherty Law, P.C. and Tobias Law, P.L.L.C., Ashleigh became a partner of the firm Dougherty Tobias Iszard, Northern Virginia Law, P.C. where she continues to focus on complex family law issues, but she has also broadened her practice to include criminal defense and personal injury law.
Ashleigh is currently a member of the Prince William Bar Association, Fairfax Bar Association, and the Prince William Chapter of the Northern Virginia Women's Attorney Association. She has participated in these associations in various manners, including not limited to volunteering with the Prince William Beat the Odds Program, serving as a member of the Judicial Liaison Committee for the Prince William Bar Association, and volunteering for the Wills on Wheels program with the Fairfax Bar Association.
Ashleigh truly values the opportunity to assist her clients with both legal and practical issues that arise during her representation and is ready to competently and zealously represent her clients.
Areas of Practice
- Domestic Relations
- Criminal Defense
- Personal Injury
- Guardian ad Litem
- Virginia, 2011
- Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Washington, District of Columbia
- J.D. - 2011
- Honors: magna cum laude
- George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia
- B.A. - 2008
- Honors: Order of Omega Honor Society
- Honors: Dean’s List 5
- 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
- Rising Star, Virginia Super Lawyers
Professional Associations And Memberships
- Prince William County Bar Association
- Virginia Women's Attorney Association
- Fairfax County Bar Association