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Ashley L. Norgard


Business leaders call on Ashley to serve as outside general counsel because of her direct, business-focused advice.

Ashley helps business leaders find legal ways to “get to yes.” Ashley spent a decade in the private and government sectors before law school, so she understands that businesses want an attorney who adds value and options instead of obstacles. She takes pride in getting to know her clients and their industries so that she can assemble the right to team to avoid legal silos. Ashley knows many mid-sized companies need sophisticated advice, but don’t have the luxury of in-house counsel. Ashley helps bridge that gap.

Ashley’s legal background is employment law and she strongly believes the right employees are the backbone of every successful organization. As an employment attorney, Ashley is a seasoned litigator who aggressively defends claims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. She also helps clients prevent claims through HR counseling, training of management and front-line employees, and drafting handbooks and employment agreements (including restrictive covenants to protect intellectual property and non-competes).

Ashley was recruited to Springfield, Missouri, after winning the American Bar Association’s national mediation competition. A proven negotiator and communicator, she uses these skills to help clients save money, and get back to running their businesses with minimal downtime.

Prior to law school, Ashley worked in project management for a global manufacturing company, and as the Assistant Editor of the French edition of Air & Space Power Journal, a peer-reviewed research journal published by a military think tank.

  • Business Practitioner, Women's Justice Award, Missouri Lawyers Weekly, 2017

  • “40 Under 40," Springfield Business Journal, 2017

  • Leadership Springfield, Class 33

  • Board of Directors, Springfield-Greene Co. Library District, 2015-present

  • Associate Board of Directors, Springfield Little Theatre, 2013-2017