Ashlea Shepherd Porter

Kentucky Office

719A Dishman Lane
Bowling Green, KY 42104
(270) 781-7500 Voice
(270) 781-7533 Facsimile
ashlea@csafirm.com

BIOGRAPHY

Ashlea Shepherd Porter was born and lived in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky until she was twelve, when her family moved to western Kentucky community of Grand Rivers. The only child of Roger and Cindy Shepherd, Ashlea grew up in a hard-working, middle class family. Her father owned a full service mechanic station and her mother was a schoolteacher.

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EDUCATION:

Lyon County High School- 2002
Western Kentucky University- 2002-2006; BA in Political Science and Sociology, minors in Public Law and Criminology
University of Kentucy College of Law- 2006-2009, J.D.

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY:

Warren County Attorney’s Office- 2003-2006, intern and office assistant
Fayette Commonwealth Attorney’s Office- 2007, legal intern
University of Kentucky College of Law Prison Internship Program- 2007-2008 legal intern
56th Judicial Circuit Commonwealth Attorney’s Office- 2008, legal intern
Kentucky Innocence Project, legal intern
J.B. Hines Law Office- 2009-2010, attorney
38th Judicial Circuit Family Court- 2010-2012, staff attorney
Ashlea L. Shepherd, Attorney at Law- 2012-2017, solo practitioner
Crain | Schuette Attorneys- 2017

FULL BIOGRAPHY

Ashlea Shepherd Porter was born and lived in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky until she was twelve, when her family moved to western Kentucky community of Grand Rivers. The only child of Roger and Cindy Shepherd, Ashlea grew up in a hard-working, middle class family. Her father owned a full service mechanic station and her mother was a schoolteacher.

When Ashlea was a young girl in Muhlenberg County, a teenager who lived next door to Ashlea’s family’s business was murdered. Her killer was sentenced to death and was moved to the Kentucky State Penitentiary in Eddyville, Kentucky, where Ashlea’s family was then living. Ashlea spent a great deal of time playing within eyesight of the Kentucky State Penitentiary and was so affected by the event that she decided that she wanted to be a prosecutor when she grew up.

Ashlea graduated from Lyon County High School in 2002 and went on to attend Western Kentucky University where she was the Vice President of the Chi Omega Fraternity. From 2004 until 2006, she was chosen as a Spirit Master, a distinguished group of WKU students who serve as the ambassadors for the University,. While a student at WKU, Ashlea worked for Warren County Attorney Amy Hale Milliken.

Ashlea graduated, magna cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Sociology, with minors in Criminology and Public Law, and a capstone in the study of Penology in 2006. Ashlea was recognized by the American Correctional Association in 2006 for her penological research concerning death row inmates.

In 2009, Ashlea graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 2009. While at UK, she focused her studies on criminal law, specifically, capital punishment, and conducted research regarding Victim Impact Statements in death eligible sentencing.

Ashlea completed legal internships with the Fayette Commonwealth Attorney’s Office under Ray Larson and with the 56th Judicial Circuit Commonwealth Attorney’s Office under G.L. Ovey.

It was Hon. G.L. Ovey who advised Ashlea that “the best prosecutors were once the best defense attorneys.”   This advice led Ashlea to complete an internship defending inmates at the Federal Medical Center Prison in Lexington, Kentucky and an internship with the Kentucky Innocence Project.

Due to a statewide hiring freeze in 2009, Ashlea was unable to apply for positions within any prosecuting agencies in Kentucky. So, she accepted a position with a small law office in Bowling Green, and was admitted to practice law in Kentucky in October 2009.

In an effort to build her law practice and gain courtroom experience, Ashlea placed herself on the list of attorneys who were willing to accept appointed cases in the family court system. That was her introduction to the practice of family law.

Ashlea’s ambition to become a prosecutor grew out of her personal desire to help victims and families affected by violent crime. In family court, she quickly recognized that advocating for the survivors of domestic violence and for children who had been abused and neglected placed her in the role that she was truly meant to serve.

After a brief time in private practice, Ashlea accepted a position as Judge Mike McKown’s Staff Attorney for the 38th Judicial Circuit Family Court, which encompasses Edmonson, Butler, Ohio and Hancock Counties. As Staff Attorney, Ashlea served as mediator for cases pending in the 38th Circuit Family Court. She was also responsible for keeping the judge advised regarding developments in family law and assisting him in writing the opinions of the Court.

In 2011, Ashlea completed formal mediation training and became a certified civil mediator.

In 2012, Ashlea opened her own practice in Bowling Green. Since then, Ashlea has focused on serving families in adoptions, divorces, domestic violence proceedings, and dependency, neglect and abuse actions. Ashlea also serves as a private mediator, and donates her time to the Pro Bono Mediation Project in Warren County for families who are unable to afford the mediation process.

Most recently, in 2017, Ashlea joined Crain | Schuette Attorneys and has expanded her areas of practice to include criminal defense, personal injury, product liability tort actions, and general civil litigation.

Ashlea was named the 2017 CASA Guardian ad Litem of the Year for her continued advocacy of abused and neglected children in Southern Kentucky.

Ashlea married her husband, Todd Porter, in 2016. Todd is a sergeant with the Bowling Green Police Department and a First Lieutenant with the Kentucky Army National Guard. Todd is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Leadership at Western Kentucky University, and she could not be more inspired by his hard work and dedication to his community and country. Ashlea also gained three sons through the marriage and embraces her role as a bonus parent to them.