Freedom of speech, of the press, of religion, from excessive force, from unreasonable searches and seizure, from government discrimination. Due process of law.
Ashlie Case Sletvold is an experienced civil-rights and employment lawyer. She represents individuals facing some of the most challenging circumstances in their lives including serious physical, emotional, and economic injuries.
A relentless advocate, Ashlie devotes her substantial energy to serving her clients with the same principled representation she provided to Fortune 100 companies while working for a large, international law firm. Now, as a partner in a boutique litigation firm, she has the freedom to select the matters where her efforts can have the most impact.
Her practice focuses on all types of constitutional and discrimination claims including retaliation for opposing discrimination. In an era when most civil cases settle before reaching a jury, Ashlie’s courtroom experience, including as a first-chair trial attorney, uniquely situates her to develop creative strategies from the initial stages of a case to position her clients for trial victories.
In addition to her courtroom work, Ashlie counsels clients in proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, on Title IX sexual-assault proceedings in colleges and universities, and on negotiating severance packages and noncompetition agreements. She has a great deal of experience advising clients on how to preserve evidence to protect their rights in the lead up to litigation.
Ashlie is also skilled in using Ohio’s sunshine laws—requiring all levels of government to conduct business with transparency—to conduct investigations and obtain critical evidence. She frequently locks horns with public offices that fail to meet their obligations under the Ohio Public Records Act. She is experienced in obtaining compliance with the Act through both mandamus proceedings in the Ohio Supreme Court and through the new Court of Claims procedures. She has guest lectured at Ohio universities and is sought after to teach continuing legal-education courses on the subject.
Ashlie attended the University of Akron on a volleyball scholarship where she earned a B.A. in philosophy, summa cum laude. Ashlie earned her J.D. at the Yale Law School where she served as an assistant coach for the Bulldogs volleyball team. After graduating, she joined an international law firm based in Cleveland and spent several years representing corporate clients in high-stakes litigation and counseling employers on noncompetition agreements. She continues her involvement in the volleyball community as a collegiate and USAV official.
Colorado (2010) (inactive)
Sunshine Ethics: Integrity in Process and Procedure, Medina County Leadership Academy (upcoming 2019)
Strengthening Your Case with Public Records: Useful Tactics for Making the Most of Ohio’s Sunshine Laws, Ohio Association for Justice Annual Convention (2017)
Strengthening Your Case with Public Records: Useful Tactics for Making the Most of Ohio’s Sunshine Laws, Cleveland Employment Lawyers Association (2017)
Ohio’s Sunshine Laws, Medina County Bar Association (2015)
Guest Lecturer, Kent State University, Ohio Public Records Law (2014, 2015)
William K. Thomas Inn of Court, President-Elect
NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, Board Member
Ohio Employment Lawyers Association
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
85% of practice devoted to litigation
15% of practice devoted to counseling/negotiation
Yale Law School, J.D. 2005
Law Revue, Yale Journal of Law & Feminism (articles editor); Yale Journal on Regulation
University of Akron, B.A., summa cum laude, 2002 (philosophy)
SuperLawyers, Rising Star 2016–19
Jones Day, Associate Product Liability and Tort Litigation Section (2005–10), Summer Associate (2004)
Squire Patton Boggs (formerly Squire Sanders & Dempsey), Summer Associate (2003 and 2004)
Conflicting Feminisms and the Rights of Women Prisoners, Yale Journal of Law & Feminism, Vol. 17: Iss. 1, Art. 14
Tort Reform Often Lies in the Hands of State Supreme Court, Practice Perspectives: Product Liability & Tort Litigation