About Ashley L. White
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Due to her father’s job, Ashley spent her childhood moving from state to state and even overseas. As a result of her upbringing, she has an adaptive and eclectic personality. Her family moved to Dallas when she was a junior in high school and she is a proud graduate of Bishop Dunne Catholic School, located in the heart of Oak Cliff. In her spare time, you will likely find her somewhere in the Bishop Arts District, riding her bike around Uptown, hiking at Cedar Ridge Preserve or playing video games at the Cidercade.
Ashley has been passionate about public law since entering law school. She was enrolled in the dual degree program at the University of Tennessee and obtained her Master of Public Administration in conjunction with her Juris Doctor. While in law school, she was the Executive Editor for the Tennessee Journal of Law and Policy and a Research Editor for the Howard J. Baker Journal of Applied Public Policy. Upon graduation, she was the 2010 recipient of the Frank M. Ennix Award due to her demonstrated commitment to public service throughout law school.
For the past five years, Ashley’s practice has focused on serving as General Counsel to cities, public utilities, special districts and other government entities. Her specialties include business transactions, land use, open records/open meetings, civil service/employment matters, law enforcement issues, environmental regulation, economic development, public affairs and governmental relations.
Prior to joining Thompson & Horton, she worked at law firms in Richardson, Texas and San Antonio Texas; both of which specialized in the legal representation of government entities. She has served as the City Attorney and Deputy City Attorney for various cities throughout the state of Texas. Before entering the private sector, Ashley was an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Corpus Christi, Texas. There, she was the Juvenile Prosecutor, one of two adult municipal prosecutors and the back-up prosecutor for environmental court. Ashley also past served as an Attorney-Advisor for the U.S. Small Business Administration, where she provided advice on matters pertaining to loan collateral, deeds, title reports, insurance, and building permits.
In 2014, Ashley was one of twenty attorneys across the state selected to participate in the “LeadershipSBOT” leadership academy sponsored by the State Bar of Texas. That same year, she was recognized on the Lawyers of Color Hot List – Southern Region. Currently, she serves as an appointed member of the Public Affairs Committee for the State Bar of Texas, which oversees planning the Open Government Seminar for the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting. Ashley is also active in the local bar and serves on the Pro Bono and Public Affairs committees for the Dallas Bar Association. Beyond legal organizations, Ashley is a member and active volunteer for Junior League of Dallas, Habitat for Humanity and Equality Texas.
- J.D., University of Tennessee College of Law, 2010
- M.P.A. (with highest distinction), University of Tennessee Graduate School of Political Science, 2010
- B.A. (with honors), English and International Studies, Southern Methodist University, 2006
Licensing & Court Admissions
- Licensed in the State of Texas
- U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas
Memberships & Recognitions
- Black Alumni Board for Southern Methodist University, 2019-2020
- State Bar of Texas, Public Affairs Committee, Appointed Member since 2016
- State Bar of Texas, School Law Section and Government Section
- LeadershipSBOT, Class of 2014
- Texas Council of School Attorneys
- Dallas Bar Association, Government Section
- JL Turner Legal Association
Representative Speeches & Presentations
- “The Sky is the Limit: Local Regulation of Flying Drones,” 2017 Annual Hot Topics in Local Government Seminar sponsored by Brown & Hofmeister LLP
- School Safety Legislative Update, Education Service Center Region 4 Back to School Seminar