I’Ashea is an experienced litigator and businesswoman who left the private sector to start a legal career and begin to fill a need for passionate, effective, diverse advocacy in the Davidson County justice system. Under the tutelage of the Honorable Richard H. Dinkins, as his mentee and former summer clerk, I’Ashea learned to balance the demands and rigor of the profession while always making time to serve the community. From her experience working in the private sectors of New York City and Nashville, owning and operating a small business and representing clients in construction, business and real estate, she understands the challenges that business owners, employees and litigants face in a rapidly evolving business environment. I’Ashea believes that race and socio-economic status should never be a barrier to accessing justice, and to that end has regularly helped to run pro bono expungement and legal advice clinics in Davidson and Rutherford counties.
I’Ashea has been recognized as a formidable and skillful litigator. She is also a published writer. She has been recognized by her peers for her work having received numerous awards and recognitions. I’Ashea was awarded the prestigious Diversity Fellowship to the American Bar Association’s Forum on Construction Law from 2018-2021. She has been named by the National Black Lawyers as a Top 40 Under 40 lawyer and received the Super Lawyers Rising Star Award in Construction for two years in a row. Most recently, I’Ashea was named to the 2021 Nashville Emerging Leaders Class and received the Nashville Business Journal’s Women of Influence Trailblazer Award for 2021.
I’Ashea received her law degree from Belmont College of Law where she was a member of the inaugural class, receiving a full academic merit scholarship. She also received her undergraduate degree in 2001 from Belmont University as well, where she earned the prestigious William Randolph Hearst Scholarship.
In addition to her busy law practice at Bone McAllester Norton, PLLC, where she works in construction, real estate and business litigation, I’Ashea is active in her community and church. She founded and hosted the first expungement clinic in Rutherford County. She regularly volunteers with the expungement clinics in Davidson County and at the Nashville Rescue Mission. She is the President-Elect of the Napier Looby Bar Association and its former Treasurer. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Elevated Development, and is a member of the DiscoveryCenter Guild and the Lawyers Association for Women. She has also served on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Rutherford County. She has been recognized by the Supreme Court of Tennessee as an Attorney for Justice for her pro bono service.
Since returning from New York City, I’Ashea has lived in Middle Tennessee for over 14 years. She is the adoring mother to Kaleb, Myles and McCartney and puppy Thurgood Marshall.
“I am truly honored to have an opportunity, as a minority and a woman, to bring a diverse and inclusive perspective to this Court. This perspective is one that Davidson County has yet to have represented in its civil trial courts. With the cricitial matters brought to the Chancery Court, it is vitally important that the law is interpreted and applied impartially and equally for everyone in this County and I plan to do just that. ”
WHY I'M RUNNING
A bench that is comprised of, incorporates and includes the diversity and lived experience of the community it serves is the only way to ensure that each person is treated fairly, equitably and impartially. Representation matters and restores faith in the law, and faith that the legal process is not just for the wealthy or, not just for the elite, but for everyone.
The equal application of the law has been the central tenet of my legal career. As Chancery Court judge, I will apply the law equally, equitably and efficiently to every person, small business, and entity, no matter their race, ethnicity, creed, gender, socio-economic status or sexual orientation.
I am running because I am passionate about this Court and regularly practice in the Chancery Courts across the state. Davidson County needs an experienced woman like me on the bench. I will bring a fresh perspective to this office. This Court is where my business background and legal experience are best suited to continue my service to the people of this county.