The Tennessee Supreme Court last week disbarred a Nashville criminal, family and entertainment lawyer after she didn’t respond to three separate sets of misconduct complaints.
The court also ordered Alea Danielle Ashby, who works out of Cummins Station, to pay restitution to eight clients from whom she took money but did not do the work she promised them.
Ashby’s license had been temporarily suspended in August of last year by the Board of Professional Responsibility after she had not responded to earlier complaints. Between then and January of this year, three other sets of misconduct claims were filed. The BPR ruled that Ashby, who also didn’t respond to the new complaints, effectively abandoned her practice by not communicating effectively with her clients following her temporary suspension and noted that she then misrepresented her professional status to Davidson County Circuit Court, other attorneys and clients.
Ashby graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School and had been licensed to practice law since 2005. She spent three years at the 19th District Attorney General’s office, which serves Montgomery and Robertson counties before launching her private practice that focused on Music Row work.