Ashley A. Crowder, Esq.Senior Associate Attorney | North Carolina Board Certified Family Law Specialist
The Historic John Price Carr House
200 N McDowell St
Charlotte, North Carolina 28204
Ms. Crowder has been practicing law since 2012 where, upon graduation from law school she returned home to Charlotte to grow her career in her hometown. Ms. Crowder began her career in the real estate field. Since joining Arnold & Smith, PLLC, Ms. Crowder has focused her practice on family law cases, appellate cases in both civil and criminal matters, as well as post judgment relief matters. Ms. Crowder was board certified as a specialist in Family Law in 2021.
Ashley Crowder is a native Charlottean. While growing up in Charlotte, she attended Paw Creek Elementary, Piedmont Open Middle School and graduated from West Mecklenburg High School as salutatorian. She left North Carolina to pursue undergraduate studies at Tulane University of New Orleans, where during her freshman year Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, forcing her to return home for the fall semester. While back in North Carolina, Ms. Crowder attended Belmont Abbey College for a semester before returning to Tulane.
These experiences coupled with completing a degree in Psychology with a focus on children and adolescent psychology, lead Ms. Crowder to pursue a developing passion for working with families in law school. During her law school tenure Ms. Crowder received a Public Justice Foundation Fellowship that allowed her to intern at the Nassau County Department of Social Services. During her time interning at Social Services, Ms. Crowder encountered many families in crisis and developed a strong ability to empathize as well as assist in problem solving to get at the root of a family’s problems rather than just treating the symptoms of an underlying conflict.
Ms. Crowder is passionate about working with her clients to ensure they have an active role in their representation as well as fully understanding all options available to them to resolve their case. Ms. Crowder’s practice has transitioned to focus more on appellate and post judgment/conviction relief. She tackles every appeal and post judgment relief motion with the same zealous advocacy that she practices in her trial level cases. Ms. Crowder has been involved with several appeals which have resulted in published opinions that are regularly discussed and relied upon throughout the North Carolina legal community.
Ms. Crowder focuses her practice on: Appeals, Civil Appeals, Criminal Appeals, Post Judgment Relief, Post-Conviction Relief, MAR, Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Equitable Distribution, Alimony, Post Separation Support, Prenup, Postnup, Separation Agreements, Termination of Parental Rights.
When Ms. Crowder is not working, she enjoys catching up on the latest novel on her long reading list, spending time with her niece, and trying out delicious new recipes for her friends and family.Published Appellate Opinions
- Pelc v. Pham (USCIS Form I-864 Affidavit of Support and Foreign Money Judgments)
- Sullivan v. Woody and Woody (2022) (Attorney Fees, Mandate of Court of Appeals)
- Sullivan v. Woody and Woody (2020) (Attorney Fees)
- In the Matter of: L.M.M. (Termination of Parental Rights)
- Walker-Snyder v. Snyder (DVPO, Competent Evidence of Substantial Emotional Distress)
J.D., Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, 2012
Certificate in Family Law Studies
Associate with the Center for Children, Families and the Law Juvenile Justice Clinic Intern
Managing Editor of Articles for Family Court Review Vol. 50
B.S., Tulane University, 2009
Phi Sigma Pi National Coed Honor Fraternity
North Carolina State Bar
Member Since: 2012
U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina
Member Since: 2022
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
Member Since: 2022
North Carolina Bar Association
Mecklenburg County Bar Association
- Board Certified Specialist, Family Law, 2021
- Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2020
- Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2021
- Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2022
- Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2023