Ashley focuses her practice on Public Finance, State and Local Taxation, Tax Credits and Tax. She is frequently a speaker for various legal conferences, seminars and CLEs on those topics.

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As a member of Butler Snow LLP’s Business Services and Public Finance Groups, Ashley’s practice focuses on public finance, general corporate transactions, and tax issues such as: public finance tax, state and local taxation, controversy matters, opportunity zones and tax credits. With over twelve years of experience, she has represented a variety of entities in $300+ million federal new markets tax credit transactions, historic rehabilitation tax credits, and/or renewable energy tax credit transactions. Ashley served as bond counsel to a variety of entities and has worked with mass transit agencies in the exercise of early buy-out options and voluntary terminations of tax-advantaged leases, including payment undertaking. In addition, she has also represented taxpayers in controversy matters and served as counsel to banks in financing transactions.

Ashley is a member of the American, National, Magnolia, and Capital Bar Associations, as well as the National Association of Bond Lawyers. She has served in various leadership positions, including President of the Magnolia Bar Association, and chaired various committees. Ashley was named in the Top 10 of Mississippi Business Journal’s 2016 “Top 50 Under 40” and a “Rising Star” in tax by Mid-South Super Lawyers®.  In addition, she is also a 2018 Fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.

Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 2005
  • Texas, 2006
  • District of Columbia, 2018
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Mississippi: Northern, Southern

Civic Involvement

  • Community Foundation of Greater Jackson
    • Treasurer, 2017-Present
    • Board of Directors, 2016-Present
  • Junior League of Jackson, 2012-Present
    • Jumble Steering Committee, Finance Chair, 2015-2017
    • Chair, Connecting Communities, 2018-2018
  • Make a Wish Foundation of Mississippi
    • Board of Directors, 2012-2015
  • Community Advisory Board for Jackson Heart Study - Kids Study, 2012-2013
  • Jackson State University National Alumni Association, 2011-Present
  • Beta Delta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
    • Treasurer, 2007-2008
    • Parliamentarian, 2009-2010
  • Mental Health of America of Central Mississippi
    • Board of Directors, 2009-2013
  • Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project
    • Advisory Board, 2010-2011
  • Coleman Alexander Prosser Foundation, Inc.
    • Treasurer, 2007-2008
    • Member-At-Large, 2009-2010

Distinctions

  • Certified Public Accountant, 2007
  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Tax Law, 2020
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Mid-South Rising Star, Tax: Business, 2012-2019
  • Lawyers of Color, First Annual Hot List, 2013
  • Leadership Mississippi Class, 2017-2018
  • Leadership Jackson, Class of 2011-2012
  • PORTICO 10, one of the top 10 "Up-and-Coming" Lawyers, January 2011
  • Jackson Young Lawyers, Pro Bono Service Award, 2010
  • American Bar Association, Business Law Fellow, 2008-2010
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Education & Honors

  • University of Alabama, LL.M., Taxation, 2010
  • Tulane University, J.D., 2005
    • Tulane Law Scholarship
    • Nelson Mandela Scholarship
  • Jackson State University, M.P.A ., 2002
  • Jackson State University, B.A., Business Administration, summa cum laude, 2001

Experience

  • Tax Credits
  • Counsel to Community Development Entity in connection with a New Markets Tax Credit financing of a convenience store.
  • Counsel to Community Development Entity in connection with a New Markets Tax Credit financing of acquisition and maintenance of timberlands.
  • Counsel to Developer/Owner Counsel in connection with a New Markets Tax Credit financing of a biomass research and development facility.
  • Counsel to Developer/Owner Counsel in connection with a New Markets Tax Credit financing of an aluminum processing facility.
  • Counsel to Developer in a New Markets Tax Credit transaction financing of an airbus facility.
  • Counsel to Lenders providing leverage debt and direct debt in connection with New Markets Tax Credit Transactions.
  • Counsel to State Funds, state investors and Developer/Owners in Mississippi Qualified Equity Tax Credit Transactions.
  • Counsel to Developer/Owner in the exit and refinancing of New Markets Tax Credit transactions.
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In the News

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Panelist, “Qualified Opportunity Zones,” 2019 LBA Bank Counsel Conference, New Orleans, La., December 13, 2019.
  • Presenter, “What’s All The Buzz About Opportunity Zones?,” Central Chapter of Mississippi Society of CPAs, September 20, 2018.
  • Presenter, “Getting Your QALICB to Closing,” Novogradac NMTC Conference, Washington, D.C., June 7, 2018.
  • ​Co-Author, "LAW ELEVATED — Recent tax changes to encourage development & new investment," Mississippi Business Journal, September 7, 2018.
  • Presenter, "Meet the Prime Contractors – Winning Teams, Winning Strategies, Winning Contract, Drafting the Right Player: Joint Ventures," August 16, 2017.
  • Panelist, "Effective Budgeting at State and Municipal Levels: Municipal Bonds," Mississippi Black Leadership Conferences, October 2, 2015.
  • Presenter, “Emerging Thinkers on Community Development,” Town Hall Meeting, Mississippi Black Leadership Summit, October, 30, 2014.
  • Presenter, “After the Bond Closing: Keeping the SEC and IRS Away,” Mississippi Municipal League, June, 24, 2014.
  • Presenter, "Dissolution of an LLC – Now it is Over", American Bar Association webinar, March 5, 2013.
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