About Ashley L. Upkins

Ashley L. Upkins is proud life member of the National Bar Association (“NBA”) where she currently serves as the organization’s Vice-President of Finance. Ashley is a life member of both the National Bar Association and National Bar Institute.

Ashley is the Managing Partner of The Cochran Firm – Nashville, LLC, where she represents clients in a variety of personal injury, real estate litigation, and estate planning. She prides herself on being the type of an attorney a person can depend on for life. Ashley is known as a fighter by her clients and colleagues inside the courtroom and in the community. Ashley believes “there is no fight too big for justice.” She is an award-winning leader who continues to build her community outside of the courtroom, by imparting her strong charitable values into her firm’s culture.

About Ashley L. Upkins

Ashley L. Upkins is proud life member of the National Bar Association (“NBA”) where she currently serves as the organization’s Vice-President of Finance. Ashley is a life member of both the National Bar Association and National Bar Institute.

Ashley is the Managing Partner of The Cochran Firm – Nashville, LLC, where she represents clients in a variety of personal injury, real estate litigation, and estate planning. She prides herself on being the type of an attorney a person can depend on for life. Ashley is known as a fighter by her clients and colleagues inside the courtroom and in the community. Ashley believes “there is no fight too big for justice.” She is an award-winning leader who continues to build her community outside of the courtroom, by imparting her strong charitable values into her firm’s culture.

A born and bred Nashvillian, Ashley earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Vanderbilt University. Following her studies at Vanderbilt, Ashley worked for a Fortune 100 company assisting in the business acquisition of mid-level IT companies. She followed up that success and later became a member of the Inaugural Class of Belmont University College of Law.

While there, Ashley noticed that there were no school resources to address issues unique to black students. As a result, Ashley became the founding president of Belmont Law’s Black Law Students Association. Always determined to join an organization aimed at promoting justice in the law, she committed her time and talents to her local affiliate, Napier-Looby Bar Association and the National Bar Association as a law student. From Corporate Law Section Fellow, Commercial Law Section Fellow and Annual Convention volunteer, Ashley is proof positive of the National Bar Association (“NBA”) pipeline works.

Ashley is open about her personal journey as a working mom achieving her dreams no matter what and shares her journey often in hopes of inspiring other young women to push forward. Ashley strives to exemplify the words “You should be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Ashley continues to trailblaze on her mission to bring justice and a greater purpose to her community. Ashley is one of the founding members of 260 Change Fund which is a giving circle composed of young people of color seeking to invest time, talent, treasure, and testimony to uplift their communities. Her charitable efforts do not stop at home. Ashley has traveled across the world acting as a legal advocate to those who are unable to afford help. As a result of her hard work, Ashley received numerous awards including the Jean-Marie Sylla, Jr. Legacy Award; one the NBA’s own respected and remarkable legends. She successfully spearheaded programs focused on the women’s pay equality, young attorney development and affordable housing issues, just to name a few. Ashley served as NBA Assistant Secretary and prior to that role, she served on the Board of Governors as Region VI Director. Under her leadership, Region VI was named Region of the Year. In 2019, Ashley was elected as the National Bar Association Secretary and earned the Nation’s Best Advocates 40 under 40 Award.In 2022, Ashley was elected as Vice-President of the National Bar Association following two terms as the organization’s Secretary. Ashley is honored to be a part of the legacy of Mr. Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. to ensure that justice marches on.

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