Ashley Leonard successfully represents employers at all stages of litigation, primarily representing public entity employers in state and federal courts and administrative hearings.
Ashley was born in Tennessee, but grew up a dawg fan in Macon, GA. After graduating from the University of Georgia, Ashley lived in London, England for a year, working in a pub and spending all of her money travelling around western Europe. She returned to the states and completed a Master of Education degree in Education Administration and Policy and a Juris Doctorate in four years, intent on working in a position with a strong social component.
Ashley joined Strong & Hanni in 2016 after practicing for several years as a Plaintiffs’ employment attorney, so she brings a unique perspective of having represented both sides in employment cases. She focuses her practice on employment and education law, representing governmental entities and officials across the state in a variety of section 1983 civil rights claims and tort actions.
As a litigator, Ashley has tried cases involving the First Amendment free speech clause, 42 U.S.C. 1983 sexual harassment, and Utah’s whistleblower statute. In the area of education law, Ashley represents educators and administrators in court and administrative hearings, with an expertise in educator licensing issues. She is accustomed to juggling a complicated case-load, handling administrative and litigation work, and working with a diverse group of clients and attorneys.
Outside of work, Ashley enjoys traveling, cooking, and watching college football (go dawgs!).
Professional Memberships & Recognitions
Utah state bar Labor & Employment section, board member
Utah state bar Governmental Relations Committee, representative for Labor & Employment section
Utah Women Lawyers, member