Ashley A. Karlstad

  • Seattle University School of Law, J.D., with honors
  • Seattle Pacific University, B.A., English Literature, with honors
Professional Associations
  • American Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • QLAW Bar Association
Affiliations and Courts Admitted
  • Admitted to Practice – Washington State Bar
  • Admitted in – Supreme Court of Washington State; United States District Court for the Western District of Washington; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Ashley A. Karlstad

Primary Areas of Practice

Estate Planning, General Civil Litigation, Appellate Cases, Vacating Criminal Records and Restoring Rights

Career Highlights

Ashley is passionate about using the law to further justice and equity. Ashley’s past experiences focus on policy work, legal research, editing, and legal writing. At Legal Voice and the Homeless Rights Advocacy project, Ashley drafted, reviewed, and wrote comments for proposed legislation impacting marginalized communities. She wrote prescriptive policy briefs on issues like homelessness, racial justice, economic justice, gender justice, discrimination, constitutional law, and employment law. Ashley also has a background in representing youth charged with crimes as defense counsel for the Youth Advocacy Clinic and working in dependency court with the WA Attorney General’s Office.

Personal Background

Ashley moved from Colorado to Washington, where she graduated with honors from Seattle Pacific University with a degree in English Literature. She received her Juris Doctorate from Seattle University where she graduated with honors and was recognized as a Pro Bono Pledge Outstanding Service Awardee. Ashley served as an Associate Editor of the Seattle Journal of Technology, Environmental, and Innovation Law, was an Access to Justice Institute Fellow, was the Secretary of Outlaws, a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Board, the Co-Communications Direct of the Black Law Student Association, the Director of Membership for the Western Regional Black Law Student Association. Ashley was also a Research and Teaching Assistant for the Homeless Rights Advocacy Project.
In her free time, Ashley enjoys bouldering, ninja (like American Ninja Warrior), and hiking.

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