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Ashley R. Presson


Ashley Presson specializes in developing and implementing successful and cost-effective national litigation strategies in complex cases involving product liability, premises liability, and toxic tort claims. In this role, Ashley has defended aluminum, plastic, rubber, joint compound, and chemical manufacturers in multiple jurisdictions. She also represents clients in the technology and transportation sectors and advises them on contractual, privacy, and intellectual property matters. Her client-focused attitude informs her approach to all stages of litigation. Ashley strives to obtain the most advantageous position for her clients by gaining a keen understanding of their business and discovering key evidence early on. Prior to joining Hawkins Parnell & Young, Ashley served as a briefing attorney for Justice Paul W. Green at the Supreme Court of Texas. Her wide array of litigation experience and insight produces positive results and value from trial through appeal.



  • St. Mary's University School of Law  (J.D., cum laude, 2010)
    • Research/Articles Editor, St. Mary’s Law Journal
    • St. Mary’s Harlan Society
    • St. Mary’s Dean’s Scholarship Recipient
    • San Antonio Federal Bar Association Moot Court Competition Quarter Finalist
  • University of Texas at Austin  (B.A., 2006)

Bar Admissions

  • Texas
  • Missouri


  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

Professional Affiliations

  • Texas Supreme Court Historical Society
  • Austin Young Lawyers Association
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
    • Environmental & Toxic Tort Committee
      • Co-Chair, Publications
  • Robert Calvert Inn of Court
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Austin Bar Association
    • Chair, Hilgers House Preservation Committee
    • Civil Litigation Section
    • Labor & Employment Section
  • The Missouri Bar



  • Davenport v. Alcoa Inc., 22nd Judicial Circuit Court, City of St. Louis, Missouri
  • Owens v. Reynolds Aluminum Development Co., Connecticut Superior Court
  • White v. Alcoa Inc., et al., Daviess County Circuit Court, Kentucky
  • Gabrielli v. Alcoa Inc., King County Superior Court, Washington
  • Darrell Polk v. Alcoa, Inc., 44th Judicial District Court of Dallas County, Texas


  • “20/20 in 2020: What I Wish I'd Known and Looking Ahead,” The University of Texas at Austin School of Law Center for Women in Law (November 2019)
  • “Guide on HIPAA Compliance in Litigation and Discovery,” Advanced Trial Tactics Seminar, In-House CLE Series, Montalba, Texas (February 2017)
  • “HIPAA: Ethical and Practical Considerations for Protection of Health,” In-House CLE, Dallas, Texas (April 2018)