Ashley Dobbin Calkins

In practice since 2005, Ashley has devoted her career to defending healthcare providers. In addition to her work representing hospital systems, assisted living facilities, and behavioral health centers, she has represented individual practitioners in a wide range of specialties including obstetrics and gynecology, neurosurgery, radiology, orthopedics, family practice, counseling, dentistry, nursing, cardiothoracic surgery, emergency medicine, internal medicine, psychology, physical therapy, interventional radiology, infectious disease, urology, anesthesia, nephrology, social work, and chiropractic medicine.

Ashley understands healthcare providers, practice managers, and risk managers feel reassured when their attorney demonstrates a solid grasp of the medical and legal issues, strong analytical skills, common sense, and compassion. Ashley says, “I always aim to make my clients feel they are in good hands. Maintaining good communication is essential to conveying that peace of mind.” Ashley welcomes questions and input from her clients and enjoys efficiently solving problems and providing guidance.

Having litigated hundreds of medical malpractice cases, Ashley has had defense verdicts reported in the 2010, 2013, 2014, and 2015 Virginia Medical Law Report’s list of Million Dollar Defense Verdicts. For six years in a row, she was selected by her peers as a Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Star in Medical Malpractice Defense. Only 2.5 percent of all lawyers in Virginia are selected as Rising Stars. Virginia Business magazine also recognized Ashley as a Virginia “Legal Elite” Young Lawyer in 2013.

Ashley frequently assists practitioners with Board of Health Professions investigations. Over the years, she has assisted hundreds of healthcare providers respond to Board Complaints and navigate the investigative and disciplinary process.

Ashley also brings her years of experience and perspective as a litigator to healthcare compliance work. She has a long history of working closely with risk managers and administrative staff and now frequently advises on issues ranging from consent, Board of Health Professions reporting obligations, policies and procedures, and billing and audit investigations.


Academic Credentials
University of Virginia, B.A.

University of Richmond Law School, J.D.



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