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Ashley R. Dobbs

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University of Richmond, J.D., magna cum laude, 2005

University of Pennsylvania, B.A. with honors, 1987

Lewis and Clark School of Law, Animal Law: Legislation, Lobbying and Litigation, 2006

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Virginia, 2005
  • District of Columbia, 2008
  • U.S. Supreme Court
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Ashley Dobbs is a shareholder with Bean, Kinney & Korman, practicing in the areas of intellectual property and business transactions. She focuses on helping clients benefit from their ideas and assets through corporate formation, business transactions and by protecting their intellectual property.

Ashley also helps her clients protect and grow their corporate brand through trademark and copyright protection, licensing, promotions and franchising agreements, and compliance with advertising laws. Ashley advises her clients on the acquisition, protection and commercialization of intellectual property, and software, media and technology licensing and assignment agreements. In addition, she advises clients on all types of business agreements and contracts, web site terms of use, privacy policies, disclaimers and domain name use and protection.

Ashley also actively represents clients in a variety of animal-related matters, including transactional matters and providing for their pets through estate planning. She provides animal-related non-profit organizations pro bono assistance and has served organizations such as the Jane Goodall Institute, the Animal Welfare Institute, the Humane Society of the United States, the Doris Day Animal Foundation and local and national animal welfare organizations. 

For 15 years prior to law school, Ashley worked for a large consulting company and several of her own entrepreneurial ventures. She worked with corporate leaders on strategic planning, brand marketing, business process improvement and employee communication. Ashley’s blend of business and legal background gives her a unique focus on the intersection of business and law and the client’s business objectives.

Ashley regularly speaks and is available to speak on a variety of topics including intellectual property, advertising law, business issues and pet trusts. She is also available for keynote speeches. 


Virginia Super Lawyers, Rising Star in Intellectual Property, 2014


Ashley's representative experience includes:

  • Counseled start-up organizations with all needs including entity formation, contracts, copyright, trademark, website issues, and general transactions.
  • Provided legal counsel for an entire co-promotional campaign between her client, their client and a major motion picture company. Created, negotiated and advised client on licensing, cross-licensing, sublicensing, co-promotion, sponsorship, professional services, work-for-hire, non-disclosure and assignment agreements. Provided counsel on legal disclaimers, terms of use, privacy policies and standard agreements for website, mobile application and online products. Advised the client on the placement and media purchases for movie trailers.

Published Articles

Speaking Engagements

Professional & Community Affiliations

Animal Welfare League of Arlington (Board of Directors)

Legal Services of Northern Virginia (Board of Directors)

PetSmart Charities, Inc. (Board of Directors)

American Bar Association (Intellectual Property Law Section; Animal Law Committee Sub-Committee Chair)

D.C. Bar Association

Virginia Bar Association (Past Chair, Legal Services Pro Bono Hotline; Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law Section)

Virginia State Bar

Beyond the Suit

When she isn’t at the firm, Ashley enjoys climbing volcanoes and spending time on animal-related causes with various community events and organizations. In addition, she has two cats with whom she shares her home – Fatty McButter Pants and Itty Bitty Kitty.