Ashton has practiced law for more than 30 years and is licensed to practice in the state and federal courts of Texas. His primary practices include employment law, dispute resolution and commercial litigation. Ashton returns to McGinnis, where he was a partner with a focus on employment law, he led the employment law practice group, and commercial litigation. His diverse clients include and have included fortune 100 companies, such as technology and oil and gas corporations; as well as educational, health and wellness, and utility companies.
Ashton’s representation has included counsel and litigation about state and federal employment statutes, including the Texas Commission of Human Rights Act, Title VII, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Americans with Disability Act, and the Family Medical Leave Act. He has advised employers on covenants-not-compete, unemployment insurance, and wage and hour issues; and investigated allegations of employee misconduct.
During his leave from McGinnis, Ashton served the Central Texas region in several capacities. First, he agreed to be the Police Monitor for the City of Austin — serving in that role for three years. Next, he was an executive at the Seton Healthcare Family, where he focused on advocacy and community engagement. Most recently he served as a Policy Advisor for Austin Mayor Steve Adler, where, among other things, he co-lead initiatives focused on equitable and holistic development — mixed-income housing, education, health and wellness, and public safety — in Austin's historically underserved region; and the Mayor’s Task Force on Institutional Racism and Systemic Inequities. Prior to McGinnis, Ashton was Chief of the Trial Division for the Travis County District Attorney’s Office.
Ashton’s contributions to the well-being of the Central Texas region have been widely recognized, including — the University of Texas at Austin Dr. James Hill Leadership Award, the American Heart Association Power Award, the AISD Charles Akins Award, the University of Texas Thurgood Legal Society’s Distinguished Alumni Award, the Austin NAACP Outstanding Service Award, City of Austin Distinguished Service Award, and the Austin Metropolitan YMCA Will W. Miller Volunteer Leadership Award. Examples of his servant leadership, include service as President of the Austin Area Research Organization (AARO), Chair of the Board of Directors of the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce, and Co-Chair of the AISD Bond Oversight Committee. Currently, Ashton is a member of AARO; a board member of HousingWorks Austin and E3 Alliance; and an advisory board member of the Austin Young Chamber of Commerce, Austin Black Chamber, and I Live Here, I Give Here. And he serves on the University of Texas Dell Medical School’s Admissions Committee and the Travis County District Attorney’s Civil Rights Advisory Council.
Ashton has an A.B. in Economics from Brown University and a law degree from The University of Texas School of Law.