Ashley is a member of the firm’s Municipal and School practice group and 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 specialized in 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. As a law firm associate, Ashley represents municipal law clients who she frequently advises with regard to zoning, land use, and code enforcement issues, as well as the Right-to-Know Act and the Sunshine Act. In addition, she assists municipal clients by attending municipal meetings, magisterial hearings, and summary appeal hearings. Ashley implemented and 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. Ashley also represented 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.
Ashley’s professional experience includes handling commercial contract, commercial real estate, municipal, regulatory, FCC and environmental matters for a large utility company. As a student attorney, Ashley assisted clients in education-related matters, including IEP meetings, expulsion hearings, manifestation hearings, and due process hearings. She also represented individual school law clients, and worked closely with attorneys who represented school districts, as well as teachers, guidance counselors, parents, and administrators.
Ashley earned her Juris Doctor degree from the Duquesne University School of Law where she was a member and Executive Articles Editor of the Duquesne Law Review. Before attending law school, Ashley received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work. Ashley feels strongly that earning her undergraduate degree in Social Work allowed her to hone in on perfecting her interpersonal communication skills and reinforced in her the importance of effectively working in both independent and collaborative work settings which lends itself well to serving municipal clients.
- “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”, Ashley J. Puchalski, Duquesne Law Review (Spring Edition of Volume 57)