Meet Ashley. A Chicago native and graduate of Valparaiso University School of Law, Ashley worked at a personal injury firm in Indianapolis and a family law firm in downtown Chicago before joining Johnson Jensen, LLP as a certified paralegal in October 2017.
During her undergraduate studies at Ball State University, Ashley served as Vice President of College Mentors for Kids and Vice President of Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science Honor Society. She received a degree in Legal Studies – Pre-Law and minor(s) in Psychology and Spanish. Immediately after graduating from Ball State, she attended Valparaiso University School of Law where she obtained her degree of Juris Doctor in 2014.
During her free time, Ashley enjoys yoga, running, exploring new local breweries and wineries, and spending quality time with family and friends. Although she relocated back to Indianapolis, she remains an avid Chicago Cubs and Bears enthusiast.
Read on to learn more about Ashley, including what makes her so passionate about personal injury work and why she chose to join the Johnson Jensen team.
What led you to pursue a career in the legal field?
I knew from a young age I wanted to be in the legal field. I am passionate about the idea of helping people, making a difference, and having an impact on something bigger than myself.
I was also the center of a custody battle as a child. It was fascinating to me how one single document or a simple order from a judge could impact and change someone’s life for the better. I’ll never forget that moment as a kid when my father came to school with the papers awarding him full custody. It was a defining moment in my life.
How did you come to realize that personal injury is your passion?
When I got out of law school, I did an internship at a firm that did personal injury, workers compensation, and family law. This firm did insurance defense work – but I discovered that my passion rested in fighting for the rights of Hoosiers.
What is it like to work with Bob and Travis?
Bob and Travis are just the best. They have exemplified from the beginning that this office is a team. We’re all in this together and everyone gets a voice. It’s an extremely healthy work environment, which can be tough to find in the legal field. I’ll add that our clients come first, every time. That was clear from day one working with Bob and Travis.
What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned working at Johnson Jensen?
The values and work ethic at Johnson Jensen is admirable and I’m truly fortunate to be a part of such a great team. While we can’t “fix” injured clients or make the pain go away, we can assure that our clients are rightfully compensated for the injuries that they have sustained in these unfortunate incidents.