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 fifteen years of experience, she has represented a variety of entities in $500+ million federal new markets tax credit transactions, historic rehabilitation tax credits, and/or renewable energy tax credit transactions. Ashley serves as bond counsel in bond financing transactions; serves as bond counsel to housing authorities in connection tax-exempt financing involving low-income housing tax credit.  She has served as bond counsel to other entities also 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 past President of the Magnolia Bar Association and current Treasurer for the Community Foundation for Mississippi, 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.


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, 2017-2021
    • Board of Directors, 2016-2021
  • Junior League of Jackson, 2012-Present
    • Internal Control, Chair, 2015-2016
    • Jumble Steering Committee, Finance Chair, 2016-2017
    • Chair, Connecting Communities, 2018-2018
    • Chair, Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce, 2019-2020
  • 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


  • Certified Public Accountant, 2007
  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Tax Law, 2020-2022
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Mid-South Rising Star, Tax: Business Issues, 2012-2019
  • Fellow, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, 2018
  • Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants Scholar
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Mississippi Business Journal, Top 50 Under 40, 2016 (top ten finalist)
  • Jackson Free Press, Best Tax Attorney, 2018-2021
  • National Bar Association, President Award, 2018
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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


  • Tax Credits
  • Counsel to Community Development Entity in connection with a New Markets Tax Credit financing of acquisition and maintenance of timberlands.
  • Counsel to Historically Black Colleges and Universities in connection with New Markets Tax Credit financings of mixed-use facilities. 
  • 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

  • Presenter, “Financing Projects with New Markets Tax Credits – Manufacturing Projects,” Butler Snow Spring Webinar Series, April 21, 2021.
  • Presenter, "NMTC Basics Online Workshop," Novogradac 2021 New Market Tax Credits Virtual Conference, January 19, 2021.
  • Speaker, “Current Issues for QALICBs,” Novogradac 2020 New Markets Tax Credit Virtual Conference, July 23, 2020.
  • Panelist, “Tax Provisions of the Payroll Protection Program (PPP),” National Bar Association, May 15, 2020. 
  • Panelist, “Qualified Opportunity Zones,” 2019 LBA Bank Counsel Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, 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.
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