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Ashley C. Scarpetta
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Birmingham Attorney
Ashley C. Scarpetta

Phone: 205.795.6588


Languages: English

Ashley Crank’s long-fueled desire to help others drove her to attend law school where she served as Editor-in-Chief for the American Journal of Trial Advocacy, the nation’s oldest law review dedicated exclusively to the art of trial advocacy.

Ashley is a client-driven attorney committed to offering her clients the best representation by utilizing effective and efficient litigation strategies and by always utilizing extreme attention to detail. She represents individuals and businesses in a variety of civil matters in state and federal courts. Her practice focuses on premises liability and product liability litigation, insurance coverage, business disputes, and other tort and breach-of-contract disputes.

In addition to her legal work, Ashley serves on the Board of Trustees for the Birmingham Legal Aid Society, the editorial board for the Birmingham Bar Association, and as a coach to the Justice Richard L. Jones National Moot Court Team at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law.

Practice Areas:

  • Appellate
  • Civil Litigation
  • Insurance
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability


  • University of Alabama in Huntsville, 2012, B.A., Psychology cum laude
  • Samford University Cumberland School of Law, 2016, J.D. (American Journal of Trial Advocacy, Editor in Chief (Vol. 39), Associate Editor (Vol. 38); Hand Arendall Award for Excellence in Appellate Advocacy, 2016; Scholar of Merit: Employment Law, 2016; Dean’s List: 2013-16; Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities, 2016; Judge Abraham Caruthers Teaching Fellow, 2014-15; Best Appellate Brief in Lawyering and Legal Reasoning Section, 2014; Albert P. Brewer Scholarship Recipient, 2014-15; ABA National Moot Court Competition, 2016; Tulane Mardi Gras Sports Law Invitational, 2015; Semi-finalist, SAAD Moot Court Competition, 2014; Runner-up, Donworth Moot Court Competition, 2014; Henry Upson Sims Moot Court Executive Board, Associate Justice, 2016; Donworth Associate Justice, 2014-15; Women in Law, Secretary, 2015-16; Cordell Hull Speakers Forum, 2014-16)

Representative Experience:

  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of an insured in a negligent entrustment action in Jefferson County, Alabama.

Reported Decisions:

  • Locklear Automotive Group, Inc. v. Hubbard, Nos. 1160335, 1160336, 1160337, 1160375, 1160435, 1160436, 1160437, 2017 WL 4324852 (Ala. Sept. 29, 2017)

Professional and Community Involvement:

  • American Bar Association: Member, Young Lawyers’ Section
  • American Inns of Court: Member
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI): Member – Insurance Section, Women’s Section, Young Lawyers’ Section
  • Alabama State Bar: Member – Young Lawyers’ Section, Women’s Section
  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association (ADLA): Member
  • Birmingham Legal Aid Society: Board of Trustees
  • Birmingham Bar Association: Member – Women Lawyers’ Section, Young Lawyers’ Section; Bulletin Editorial Board
  • Cumberland School of Law Moot Court Program: Assistant Coach

Publications and Presentations:

  • Author, Think Before You Tweet: Discoverability, Admissibility, and Authenticity Matters Surrounding the Use of Social Media as Circumstantial Evidence, Birmingham Bar Association, Birmingham Bar Association Bulletin (Summer 2018)
  • Co-Author with Partner Sharon D. Stuart, Defenses to Claims of Bad Faith Failure to Settle: The Tried, the True, and the New, Defense Research Institute (DRI), For the Defense (May 2018)
  • Author, ENT Associates of Alabama, P.A. v. Hoke: Plaintiff Must Possess a Bona Fide Intent to Serve Defendant at the Time of Filing to Preserve Statute of Limitations, Alabama Defense Lawyers Association (ADLA), ADLA Journal, Vol. 33, No. 1 (Spring 2017)
  • Comment, O’Connor v. Uber Technologies, Inc.: The Dispute Lingers – Are Workers in the On Demand Economy Employees or Independent Contractors?, 39 AM.J. TRIAL ADVOC. 609 (2016)


  • Alabama
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama

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Christian & Small LLP

Suite 1800, Financial Center
505 North 20th Street
Birmingham, AL 35203
United States

Law Firm Contact: Duncan Y. Manley

Tel: 205.795.6588

Fax: 205.328.7234



Member Since: 2003

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