Ashley L. Upkins, founder and managing partner of Upkins Law, PLLC, is of counsel for Ben Crump Law in Nashville. She represents clients in a variety of different types of cases, including general business litigation, probate, real estate litigation and certain civil rights violations, among other areas. In law practice, Ms. Upkins is regarded as a rising star and skillful litigator.
Ms. Upkins has always felt it her calling to advocate for justice. Ms. Upkins, a Nashville native, earned her undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University. Following her undergraduate studies, Ms. Upkins worked for a Fortune 50 company, assisting in the business acquisition of mid-level IT companies.
Ms. Upkins is a member of the inaugural class of Belmont University College of Law with a certification in Health Law. Determined to join an organization aimed at promoting justice in the law, she committed her time and talents to the National Bar Association. She worked to create a NBLSA affiliate chapter at Belmont and became the founding president of Belmont Law’s Black Law Students Association.
She was named the NBLSA Sandy Brown Memorial Scholarship recipient, the Corporate Law Section Fellow, the 2013 Commercial Law Section Diversity Empowerment Scholarship recipient, and the 2018 Jean-Marie Sylla, Jr. Legacy Award recipient. She is a graduate of ScaleUp Nashville, an active member of the Nashville Bar Association, and served as secretary for Napier-Looby Bar Association. She served as the Region VI Director for the National Bar Association, covering the states of Tennessee, Ohio, Kentucky, and Michigan. In her role as Region VI Director, in March 2018, Ms. Upkins conducted a conference in Nashville, Tennessee to discuss issues of diversity, inclusion, legal rights and youth empowerment. The conference was attended by over 300 out-of-state attorneys, community leaders and local residents. As a result, Ms. Upkins was awarded the 2018 National Bar Association Presidential Award and the 2018 Region of the Year. Ms. Upkins is the Assistant Secretary for the Board of Governors of the National Bar Association and has recently been elected as National Bar Association Secretary for the 2019-2021 board years.