Ashley W. Winsky


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  • George Mason University School of Law, JD, 2009
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, BA, summa cum laude, 2006
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia

Member, Transportation Lawyers Association (“TLA”)

Member, American Trucking Associations (“ATA”)

Ashley’s practice focuses primarily on defending motor carriers and insurers in the trucking industry against personal injury claims arising out of roadway accidents. Ashley has defended trucking companies in catastrophic injury, brain injury, spine injury, and wrongful death cases. Ashley responds to accident scenes and works with experts in the fields of human factors, biodynamics, and accident reconstruction.

In addition, Ashley defends business owners, automobile manufacturers, product manufacturers, and their insurers against a wide array of personal injury and product liability claims. Ashley also represents individuals in catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases.

Prior to joining McGuireWoods, Ashley practiced in Hampton Roads where she represented transportation entities and businesses before state and federal courts. Ashley has defended bus companies, amusement parks, and railroads against various personal injury claims.

Ashley has first-chaired over a dozen trials to defense verdicts for motor carriers, transportation companies, premises owners, and product manufacturers. She has successfully briefed and argued numerous dispositive motions in state and federal court.

Ashley has conducted hundreds of depositions and examinations for trial purposes. She routinely evaluates medical records and prepares experts for depositions and trial testimony.

In addition to her trial experience, Ashley has extensive experience negotiating cases to settlement through mediation and without the aid of a neutral third party.

Virginia Super Lawyers selected Ashley as a Rising Star in Civil Litigation from 2013 through 2017, an honor reserved for only 2.5% of eligible attorneys.

In 2016 and 2017, Chambers USA named Ashley an "Associate to Watch" in Transportation: Road (Carriage/Commercial) (Nationwide).

Ashley received her Juris Doctor degree from George Mason University School of Law where she was an associate editor of the George Mason Civil Rights Law Journal. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, summa cum laude, from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University where she was an NCAA cross-country athlete.

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Ashley Winsky
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Obtained dismissal with prejudice of a personal injury action, filed against a tractor-trailer company and its driver, arising out of a roadway accident in the months before trial was scheduled to commence.

Obtained favorable settlement for plaintiff in a wrongful death case.

Obtained favorable resolution for tractor-trailer company in collision involving a cyclist.

Obtained favorable resolution for fitness facility in action alleging wrongful death by drowning.

Obtained defense verdict at trial for tractor-trailer driver involved in an automobile collision.

First chaired jury trial to defense verdict for a waterpark in a premises liability action involving the operation of an amusement device and allegations of lifeguard negligence.

Obtained defense verdict at trial for a theme park in a case involving allegations of assault and battery to a minor.

Obtained defense verdict at trial for a theme park in a premises liability action involving an injury to a minor.

Successfully defended entertainment venue against copyright infringement claims.

Successfully tried a breach of contract claim to bench verdict for a manufacturer of pool products.

Served as local counsel for a component part manufacturer in a product liability action involving pourable gel fuel and obtained nonsuit.

Defended railroad in an action alleging take-home asbestos exposure to an independent contractor’s family member and obtained nonsuit.

Represented railroad in casualty, FRSA and FELA litigation.

Represented software company in federal court litigation involving breach of contract, tortious interference, and conspiracy claims.

Tried numerous personal injury cases to defense verdict at trial for public transit authority.  

Tried multiple workers’ compensation cases to defense verdict before the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Committee for public transit authority. 

Defended employers in arbitration against claims of wrongful discharge and obtained denial of grievance rulings.

Named an "Associate to Watch" in America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Transportation: Road (Carriage/Commercial), Nationwide, Chambers USA, 2016-2017

Named to "Virginia Rising Stars," Civil Litigation: Defense, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2013-2017

Presenter, "Ethical Quandaries in Light of the Cloud, Social Media and Data Breaches," American Trucking Association’s Forum for Motor Carrier General Counsel, Beaver Creek, CO, July 16, 2017
Presenter, "The Overlap Between the FMLA, ADA, and Workers' Compensation," Workers' Compensation Law and Practice Seminar, October 2012