Ashley Wydro practices in the firm's consumer defense and employment groups.
Ashley's consumer practice focuses primarily on defending collection agencies, debt buyers and creditors in single-plaintiff and class-action lawsuits brought under federal and state consumer protection and commercial statutes, including the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Ashley utilizes her jury trial experience to litigate matters in federal and state courts at both the trial and appellate levels, as well as to handle arbitration hearings and defend pre-suit demands.
Ashley’s labor and employment practice includes representing management in cases involving discrimination, workplace harassment, wrongful discharge, and employment contract disputes before state and federal courts and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Ashley also advises clients on human resource issues and employee policies and procedures.
- Domke v. Jefferson Capital Systems, LLC, et al., Case No. 8:19-cv-01442-CEH-AEP (Jan. 31, 2020). Successfully argued motion to dismiss, having demonstrated the time-barred debt disclosure in defendant's initial collection letter did not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act as a matter of law.
- Reyes v. Radius Global Solutions, Case No. 19-cv-61375-RAR (Jan. 10, 2020). Successfully argued motion for judgment on the pleadings, having demonstrated the time-barred debt disclosure in defendant's initial collection letter did not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act as a matter of law.
- Daniel v. Navient Solutions, LLC, Case No. 8:17-cv-2503-T-24JSS (M.D. Fla. Aug. 28, 2019). Successfully argued motion for summary judgment, having demonstrated plaintiffs failed to prove negligence because plaintiffs did not establish duty or breach, and plaintiffs failed to prove violations of state consumer law statutes because plaintiffs had failed to provide competent evidence of the alleged violations.
- Fennell v. Navient Solutions, LLC, Case No. 6:17-cv-02083-RBD-DCI (M.D. Fla. June 14, 2019). Successfully defended motion to certify class, having argued the putative class was an improper fail-safe class that was not ascertainable, and plaintiff's claim was not typical.
- Daniel v. Navient Solutions, LLC, Case No. 8:17-cv-2503-T-24JSS, 2019 WL 4671169 (M.D. Fla. April 26, 2019). Successfully defended motion to certify class, having argued plaintiffs failed to meet their burden of proof for class certification because plaintiffs' claims required a highly fact-intensive and individualized analysis of conversations defendant had with student loan borrowers over the course of more than ten years.
- Gaza v. Navient Solutions, LLC, Case No. 8:18-cv-1049, 2019 WL 645390 (M.D. Fla. Jan. 23, 2019). Successfully argued motion for summary judgment, having demonstrated the calls at issue did not violate the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, because the calls were made to collect a student loan owed to the United States Department of Education, and thus were exempt from the TCPA's prior express consent requirement.
Publications and Lectures
- Co-Author, "The Practical Uses and Challenges of Social Media Evidence," Presented at the 18th Annual Hillsborough County Bar Association Bench Bar Conference on October 30, 2014
- Co-Author, "Using Daubert to Win Your Case," Presented at the 17th Annual Hillsborough County Bar Association Bench Bar Conference on November 6, 2013
- The Junior League of Tampa
- Hillsborough County Bar Association, Bar Leadership Institute Class of 2016
Honors and Distinctions
- Stetson Law Review Marketing Editor
- Anthony S. Battaglia Excellence in Leadership Award Recipient
- Victor O. Wehle Trial Advocacy Award Recipient
- Stetson Law Review Leadership Award Recipient
- William F. Blews Pro Bono Service Award Recipient
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