Ashley Cross is an associate in the firm's Employment and Employee Benefits Group. Her practice focuses on the creation, review, maintenance and regulatory compliance of health and welfare benefit plans and retirement plans for both private and tax-exempt organizations. Ashley also assists in the creation and amendment of executive compensation and severance agreements and regularly advises clients regarding benefit plan requirements under ERISA, HIPAA, COBRA, the Internal Revenue Code, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Ashley also has litigation experience and regularly assists in employment discrimination, retaliation, non-competition, and employment contract litigation.
By virtue of working in Jefferson City, Missouri's state capital, Ashley also has experience in state regulatory litigation, including challenges to current and proposed legislation.
Prior to joining the firm, Ashley was a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Nanette K. Laughrey of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri where she was exposed to a broad range of state and federal law litigation ranging from employment discrimination and Social Security Disability claims to contract disputes and challenges to Missouri's death penalty protocol.
During law school, Ashley served as Editor-in-Chief of the Missouri Law Review and participated in the University of Missouri School of Law's Criminal Prosecution Clinic. Ashley also worked with Professor Mary Beck and attorneys from the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys in drafting, editing, and submitting to the Supreme Court of the United States two amicus briefs in support of the (ultimately prevailing) petitioners in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, 133 S. Ct. 2552 (2013). Ashley received the Guy A. Thompson Best Student Note Award, the Ike Skelton, Sr. Trial Practice Award, the Edward H. Hunvald Student Prize in Criminal Justice Award, the Thomas E. McCarthy Award in Labor Law, the R. David Ray Trial Advocacy Award for Excellence, and several CALI Excellence for the Future Awards, given to the highest scoring student in a law school class.
"The Right to Remain Silent? Garcetti v. Ceballos and a Public Employee's Refusal to Speak Falsely," Missouri Law Review, 2012
"German Resistance to Welfare State Reform: Voter Blockades, Coalitions, and Unions," Critique: A Worldwide Student Journal of Politics 208, 2010; LOGOS: A Journal of Undergraduate Research, 2010