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Ashley Puchalski Thomas

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Experienced municipal and business attorney with a passion for providing top-notch client service and solutions that deliver positive results.

Ashley is a member of the firm’s Municipal and School practice group and a member of the Business & Finance department. Her practice includes a blend of public and private sector clients. She uses her excellent client service skills to assist clients by getting to the heart of the issues they face, while utilizing her legal experience to troubleshoot these issues. Prior to joining Tucker Arensberg, P.C., Ashley worked at a mid-sized insurance defense firm in Pittsburgh and at a boutique firm in White Oak, Pennsylvania, where she focused on municipal law, real estate, and small business matters. Attention to detail, communication, and problem-solving skills are just a few of Ashley’s greatest strengths.

Municipal

Ashley currently serves as solicitor to the Borough of White Oak and represents other municipal law clients who she frequently advises with regard to zoning, land use, code enforcement issues, labor & employment, pension issues, as well as the Right-to-Know Act and the Sunshine Act. In addition, she assists municipal clients by attending monthly municipal meetings, magisterial hearings, and summary appeal hearings.

Ashley regularly practices before the Allegheny County Board of Property Assessment Appeals and Review and the Allegheny County Board of Viewers, and has experiencing representing school districts, municipalities, businesses, and individuals in tax assessment and tax exemption matters.  Ashley also has experience representing delinquent tax clients by attending magisterial court hearings and taking properties with delinquent real estate taxes through the sheriff sale process from start to finish.

Business and Private-Sector Labor and Employment

Ashley’s practice provides a one-stop-shop for business  owners.  She  has  experience  with  advising  owners  in  early- stage businesses with establishing solid foundations and setting themselves up for the future through entity selection and registration,  employment  contracts,  and  leasing.  She also  supports  more  established  companies  with  growth  and   expansion.

Ashley also has experience assisting clients with various labor and employment issues including but not limited to handbook preparation, medical marijuana/drug testing policy preparation, and the preparation of non-competition, non-solicitation, and employment agreements. She has assisted clients with wage and hour issues and also has experience conducting employment investigations and workplace harassment trainings.

Ashley comes from a working class  background  and  has  years  of  experience  working  for  family-owned  businesses.  This has given her great insight and the ability to understand the plethora of challenges that small business owners face day-        to-day. She develops and fosters  relationships  by  having  a  thorough  understanding  of  her  clients  business  and  prides herself on delivering proactive peace of mind so that clients can focus on running their businesses.

Representative Experience

  • Successful representation of a municipality in labor arbitration in which the union was claiming years of pension credit for two non-uniform employees that would have cost the municipality approximately $200,000. 

  • Oversaw a delinquent garbage collection program that resulted in the collection of over $160,000.00 during a six-month period for a municipal client.

Presentations & Publications

  • Presented on the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) during the Tucker Arensberg Spring 2024 Labor & Employment Event.
  • Co-presented on "Navigating Zoning Ordinance Amendments and the Fate of the Pending Ordinance Doctrine" during the Allegheny League of Municipalities 2024 Spring Educational Conference.
  • Presented on "Providing Urgent Maternal Protections (PUMP) Act and the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA)" during the Tucker Arensberg Spring 2023 Labor & Employment Forum.
  • Allegheny League of Municipalities 2023 Spring Educational Conference Solicitors Panel participant on the topic of "Using Conservatorships to Fight Blight."
  • Co-presented on "The Pennsylvania Neighborhood Blight and Reclamation Act: An Effective Tool to Fight Blight" through the Local Government Academy webinar on April 6, 2023.
  • Presented "Conservatorship in Review: Present Challenges, Triumphs, & Future Opportunities" at the Homes Within Reach Conference, Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania, Hershey, PA, December 8, 2022.
  • Co-Presented on "How to Fight Blight With Conservatorship" webinar through the Local Government Academy webinar on October 20, 2022.
  • Presented on "Is Workplace Drug Testing Still Viable in Pennsylvania?" during the Tucker Arensberg Fall 2022 Labor & Employment Seminar.
  • Ashley is a regular and frequent contributor to the Tucker Arensberg Education Law Report a quarterly Tucker Arensberg publication that is published in cooperation with the University of Pittsburgh's Tri-State Area School Study Council. 
  • “Does What Happens in Vegas Really Stay in Vegas?: The Potential Impact of the Las Vegas Massacre on Individual Privacy Rights in Home-Like Places”, Duquesne Law Review (Spring Edition of Volume 57)

Education

Duquesne University School of Law (JD)
University of Pittsburgh (BA)

Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

All state courts in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Office Location

  • Pittsburgh

Services

  • Business & Finance
  • Education Law
  • Environmental
  • Labor & Employment
  • Real Estate
  • Women‘s Business Enterprise (WBE)

Industries

  • Municipal & School

Departments

  • Business & Finance

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Dress for Success

Education

Duquesne University School of Law (JD)
University of Pittsburgh (BA, summa cum laude)

Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

All state courts in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Office Location

  • Pittsburgh

Services

  • Business & Finance
  • Education Law
  • Environmental
  • Labor & Employment
  • Real Estate
  • Women‘s Business Enterprise (WBE)

Industries

  • Municipal & School

Departments

  • Business & Finance

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Dress for Success

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