Honors and Awards

  • The highly prestigious lawyer rating service, Super Lawyers, has selected Thomas J. Ashenden as one of 2016 and 2017’s top ranked attorneys in the state of Georgia.
  • Thomas J. Ashenden was honored to be named to the 2008 Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers following years of being AV rated. (An “AV” rating signifies that the lawyer has reached the heights of professional excellence. He or she has usually practiced law for a number of years, and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity).
  • Thomas J. Ashenden was honored to be named to the leading Plaintiff’s lawyers in America group, “The Law Dragon 3000” in 2007.
  • As stated in Law Dragon’s announcement, “Law Dragon has once again combed the land to level the playing field when you need it most. We asked the nation’s best lawyers and their clients whom they’d trust with their own legal matters. The Law Dragon 3000 Leading Plaintiff’s Lawyers in America are the result of that quest. To qualify, a lawyer had to chiefly represent individuals . . . We are grateful for plaintiff’s lawyers. They save our lives and are the first person we call when we’re in trouble.” (The announcement concludes with): “Congratulations to the Law Dragon 3000 Leading Plaintiff’s Lawyers in America.”

Thomas J. Ashenden, Certified as Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum from 2000 to the present.

The press release reads as follows.

The Million Dollar Advocates Santa Cruz, CA
Attorney Thomas J. Ashenden Named to Million Dollars Advocates Forum

The Million Dollar Advocates Forum is pleased to announce that attorney Thomas J. Ashenden of Atlanta, Georgia has been certified as a member. The Million Dollar Advocates Forum is recognized as the most prestigious group of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts, awards and settlements. The organization was founded in 1993 and there are approximately 1800 members throughout the United States. Forum membership acknowledges excellence in advocacy, and provides members with a network of experienced colleagues for referral and information exchange in major cases. Members must have acted as principal counsel in at least one case in which their client has received a verdict, award or settlement in the amount of one million dollars or more.

Mr. Ashenden is a trial lawyer who has practiced law in the Atlanta area for (26) years specializing in personal injury (with an emphasis on auto and truck collisions and landlords and negligence), and workers’ compensation cases. (originally published September 25, 2000)

  • Thomas J. Ashenden featured in Jezebel Magazine’s “The Distinction Series”. The feature states : Tom Ashenden began his law career as an associate for a general practice firm in Buckhead. However, he quickly moved on to open his own practice, which brought him in contact with Ellis Ray Brown, someone who would influence Ashenden’s future in law. “Ray has since retired. He and his firm were very classy, dignified and honest in the way they represented their personal injury clients, ”Tom says. “Ray and I became very good friends. He was a mentor to me for several years. I became specialized in personal injury law mainly because of him.”

In the ensuing years, the practice grew from a small office, to a firm with a staff of five, including two lawyers, two paralegals and a law clerk. Ashenden has limited his practice to handling catastrophic and serious injury cases, including wrongful death, for individuals and families in areas including tractor-trailer and automobile collisions, premises/construction liability, nursing home abuse and workers’ compensation. After recovering millions of dollars for these clients Ashenden was honored to be certified as a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

“We take pride in providing personal attention to our clients,” he says. “I hear so often from clients who have been represented by other law firms before they come to my firm that they were not able to even speak to an attorney. If a client wants to speak to an attorney in my firm, I firmly believe that the client has that right. If the client wants to sit down and meet with me in person or speak to me on the telephone, I make myself available. We take great pride in zealously representing our clients and assuring that their rights and interests are fully protected.”

This impressive stance carries over to Tom’s relationship with his fellow attorneys as well. No wonder he received Martindale-Hubbell’s highest peer review rating (by lawyers and judges) of “AV”, which the international legal directory defines as a lawyer that has reached the height of professional excellence and integrity.

Authorship and editorial contributions to Georgia Methods of Practice by West Publishing Company, a treatise for practicing attorneys.

Substantial contributions and editorial assistance were provided by Thomas J. Ashenden in GEORGIA PRACTICE Volume 1: Methods of Practice (Part II Personal Injury Practice By Joseph P. Quirk). The introduction reads as follows:

SCOPE, PERSPECTIVE AND LIMITATIONS

This Part seeks to present considerations and suggestions relevant to the representation of personal injury claimant. These materials are very plainly, therefore, “plaintiff-oriented.” This Part does not attempt to set forth the correct way to handle any particular personal injury case. Every case the reader encounters will have certain aspects which distinguish it from any other case. The suggestions and citations in this Part are only the personal injury field. Because tort law is dynamic and still developing, the reader must Shepardize and Insta-Cite any citation in this Part before relying upon it.

This Part focuses primarily on automobile negligence, medical malpractice, and products liability claims, as these are the tort areas most commonly encountered by the practitioner. Intentional torts, nuisances, etc., are not specifically dealt with. Further, the substantive law of tort liability, trial tactics, and motion practice is beyond the scope of this Part. These subjects are well covered in the existing literature, for example, Restatement, Second, of Torts (1965); W. Prosser, Law of Torts (4th ed. 1971); A. Morrill, Trial Diplomacy (2nd ed. 1972); Goldstein, Modern Trial Techniques (1979).