Robert Ashley


Robert Ashley is a partner in the firm’s Phoenix office and a member of the Products Liability, General Liability, Bad Faith Litigation and Insurance Coverage Practices. Mr. Ashley's practice is concentrated in the following areas:

  • Defense of manufacturers in product liability and toxic tort cases, with an emphasis on tire defect litigation
  • Defense of wrongful death, spinal cord and traumatic brain injury cases
  • Personal injury claims arising from all risks, including equine liability and premises liability
  • Insurance bad faith and breach of contract

Mr. Ashley has helped litigate several high-exposure product liability, personal injury, and wrongful death lawsuits to a successful conclusion, including catastrophic loss claims involving spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries, future costs of health care, loss of income, and household services, emotional distress, and hedonic damages. Robert has defended manufacturers of automotive components, heavy machinery, rope, and children’s toys, and has assisted clients with obtaining dismissal of unjustified claims for punitive or exemplary damages.

In support of his clients’ needs, Mr. Ashley takes a proactive approach in evaluating the most appropriate use of experts for consultation or testimony. In this regard he has worked closely with experts in tire design and manufacture, quality assurance, accident reconstruction, vehicle dynamics and handling, motorcycle safety, vehicle occupant kinematics and biomechanics, and standard of care for inspection, maintenance and repair of automobile components, home appliances, and other products. He also has extensive experience presenting and cross-examining medical and damages experts in the fields of physical medicine and rehabilitation, life care planning, neuroradiology, toxicology, economics, and business valuation.

Primary Area(s) of Practice

  • Products Liability
  • General Liability
  • Bad Faith Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Appellate
  • COVID-19: Insurance Coverage



The United States District Court for the District of Arizona

The United States Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit

The Arizona Supreme Court


  • Maricopa County Bar Association
    • Litigation Section, Board of Directors, 2013 - 2017
    • Litigation Section, Treasurer, 2014
    • Coordinator, MCBA Trial Skills Institute, 2014
  • State Bar of Arizona

Awards & Honors

  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America® 2023-2024 — Insurance Law and Litigation - Insurance
  • AV rated by Martindale Hubbell
  • Southwest Super Lawyers (Product Liability Defense), 2014-present
  • Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Star (Product Liability Defense), 2012-2013
  • Perry Rogers Scholar
  • Flinn Scholar


University of Arizona

Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, 2003

  • National Moot Court Team
  • Morris K. Udall Inn of Court
  • Courtroom of the Future Project

University of Arizona

Bachelor of Arts (English, Latin and Humanities), summa cum laude, 1993

  • Honors Program
  • Honors English Program


  • “Enforcement of Liability Waivers for Recreational Activities,” Fall 2011 Newsletter, Arizona Association of Defense Counsel
  • “State Farm Insurance Co. v. Premier Manufactured Systems, Inc.,” e-Common Defense (Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, May 2007)
  • Linux in the Law Office, 2002 ABA Techshow (Chicago)