Ashley Richards has been a  litigation lawyer since 2006.  Ashley is an advocate for her clients in a variety of ways – outcome, efficiency, process or fairness.


Ashley Richards is an experienced civil and commercial litigator.   Ashley applies passion and expertise to each litigation file she handles.  

Ashley has specific expertise in lawsuits involving negligence, breach of contract, product liability, educational malpractice, sexual misconduct, subrogation (fire and water claims), discrimination, professional negligence and environmental contamination (oil spills).

Ashley has appeared at the Ontario Superior Court, Ontario Court of Appeal and the Human Rights Tribunal. See Ashley’s list of reported decisions.

How is Richards Advocacy different than other law firms?

Ashley will understand the facts first.

Understanding all of the issues in a lawsuit is critical to successful litigation – interviewing witnesses, finding and reviewing all relevant documents, taking time to understand the facts, context and personalities involved, is important to successfully litigating a lawsuit.

Ashley will tell you what she thinks.

Litigation is emotional. Whether you are a private client or an institutional client, if litigation has resulted, something has gone wrong. Hiring a lawyer means hiring someone who can help. It’s not helpful if your lawyer just advances your position, without taking time to really assess the facts, context and the law. I work hard to understand what happened, when, and what are the possible outcomes of litigation – what can we predict and what we can’t.

Ashley works hard to efficiently resolve lawsuits.

Litigation can be expensive and long. Ashley works hard to avoid delays, push matters forward and try to efficiently resolve disputes. Ashley believes clients are better served if litigation moves forward – too often a litigation file sits and is inactive for long periods of time. Ashley always strives to move matters forward to get them resolved.


Ashley has experience bringing subrogated property claims for insurers in Ontario. Ashley handles subrogated claims in areas such as fire loss, water damage, professional negligence and oil spills.

Ashley applies her advocacy skills to every subrogation file and works hard to efficiently resolve each matter. Quick recovery on subrogated matters is always Ashley’s goal.

Educational Malpractice

Ashley is an experienced educational malpractice lawyer. Prior to opening Richards Advocacy, Ashley defended universities across Ontario with respect to claims of negligence, breach of contract, failure to educate, conspiracy, breach of fiduciary duty, discrimination and economic torts. Ashley is passionate about education law and she understands the law involving university and college students and the academic institutions that provide post-secondary education.

Ashley also has an understanding of the legal issues that arise in elementary and secondary school – access to special education (Integrated Education Plans), negligence and contract issues that arise in private and independent schools, and liability issues that may arise with field trips and sporting activities.