Ashley C. Quackenbush



Ashley Quackenbush is a shareholder who focuses her practice on medical malpractice defense litigation.

Ashley represents hospitals, doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers and institutions throughout the state in all stages of litigation, licensing investigation, and other disciplinary action. She also represents Medical Control Authorities throughout the appeals process and counsels them with respect to compliance with protocols.

Prior to joining Smith Haughey, Ashley gained substantial experience in complex personal injury cases, including medical malpractice, gas and electric public utility accidents, and ski area liability in the Detroit, Michigan area. She spearheaded litigation strategies for high-exposure cases and obtained dismissal of multiple claims. In addition, Ashley has spoken at numerous medical legal seminars regarding topics in medical malpractice litigation, hospital risk management, and Medical Control Authority protocols.

Ashley earned her J.D. from Wayne State University Law School. During her time there, she was on Moot Court, wherein she won the Best Brief Award. She also founded the Health Law Association. While at Wayne State, she served as a law clerk for the University of Michigan Health System Legal Office and a research assistant focusing on health law issues. Ashley earned her B.A. in Psychology with a Minor in Crime and Justice from the University of Michigan. There she graduated with University Honors and was a James B. Angell Scholar.

In her spare time, Ashley enjoys spending time with family and friends. When she is not soaking up the beautiful outdoors, she enjoys a good book.


Associate Attorney, Sullivan, Ward, Asher, & Patton, P.C.

Law Clerk, Sullivan, Ward, Asher, & Patton, P.C.

Law Clerk, University of Michigan Health System Legal Office


State Bar of Michigan, 2013

United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2013,

United States District Court, Western District of Michigan, 2014


Wayne State University Law School (J.D., 2012)

University of Michigan (B.A., 2009)


Included in the 2023-2024 editions of the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America for Health Care Law

Included in the 2024 edition of the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America for Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants and Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

Selected to the 2022-2023 Michigan Rising Stars lists for Personal Injury Medical Malpractice: Defense

Named to the 2022-2023 Grand Rapids Magazine Top Lawyers lists for Medical Malpractice Law

Selected as an "Up and Coming Lawyer" by Michigan Lawyers Weekly (2020)


State Bar of Michigan – Health Care Law, Young Lawyers, Negligence Law Sections

Grand Rapids Bar Association

Michigan Society of Healthcare Risk Management

American Public Health Association (APHA) Policy Committee and Healthcare Policy Workgroup