Honors And Awards
- Thomas J. Ashenden has been selected for inclusion in Georgia Super Lawyers every year since 2014.
- Attorney Ashenden was honored to be named to the 2008 Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers and is AV Preeminent peer-review rated,* the highest rating, through Martindale-Hubbell.
- Attorney Ashenden was named to the Leading Plaintiffs 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 Plaintiffs Lawyers in America are the result of that quest. To qualify, a lawyer had to chiefly represent individuals….We are grateful for plaintiffs 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 Plaintiffs Lawyers in America.”
Thomas J. Ashenden, Certified As A 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 multimillion-dollar verdicts, awards and settlements. The organization was founded in 1993 and there are approximately 1,800 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 $1 million 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. (published Sept. 25, 2000)
- Thomas J. Ashenden was 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 who has reached the height of professional excellence and integrity.
Authorship and editorial contributions to Georgia Methods of Practice by West Publishing Co., 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 claimants. 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 that 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 product 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).
* AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.