Ashleigh has always maintained a passion for helping those in need and giving back to the local community, which she’s worked to incorporate this desire into every aspect of her professional career. Ashleigh attended George Mason University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, with a focus in Archaeology. While there, she served as a both secretary and vice president of a student organization and an active volunteer for several charitable organizations such as Make-A-Wish and Habitat for Humanity.
After obtaining her undergraduate degree, Ashleigh attended The Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America. At Catholic, Ashleigh served as an associate member of the Catholic University Law Review, and worked for two years, as both a legal intern and a student attorney, in the Columbus Community Legal Services’ Families and the Law Clinic. Through her work in the clinic, she represented victims of domestic violence in actions before the D.C. Superior Court and United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) in custody and divorce matters, protective orders, and in immigration proceedings to include filing for and obtaining VAWA’s and U-Visas. Additionally, Ashleigh served as a volunteer on the District of Columbia’s Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board working alongside the Chief of Police and the Chief Medical Examiner for the District of Columbia. Ashleigh also actively worked with many of the District’s domestic violence and immigration coalitions. During law school, Ashleigh also interned for the U.S. Probation Office for the District of Columbia, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), Office of Environmental and Real Property Law, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) for both the Legislative and Correctional Issues Branch and the Litigation Branch. In these roles, she was instrumental in briefing the organizations on the alignment of their policies federal regulations. These experiences expanded her skills in effectively guiding her clients to achieving their intended goals.
In 2011 Ashleigh graduated from The Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America, magna cum laude. After law school, Ashleigh served as a law clerk to the Honorable Craig D. Johnston in the Circuit Court for the Thirty-First Judicial Circuit working on complex civil and litigation matters. While there, she assisted Judge Johnston in many aspects from briefing capital murder motions to the drafting of a letter opinion published in the Virginia Lawyer’s Weekly regarding a conflict of law issue in a wrongful death case. Ashleigh joined Donna Dougherty Law, PC after her clerkship concluded in August 2012. From 2012 to 2017 she focused her practice on the intricacies of Family Law. In doing so she worked to secure clients’ success in complex settlement negotiations, contested litigation, and appeals, both to the Circuit Court as well as the Virginia Court of Appeals. She also served as a Guardian ad Litem for children in abuse and neglect matters and custody and visitation. In 2018, with the merger of Dougherty Tobias Iszard, Northern Virginia Law, PC and Tobias Law, P.L.L.C., Ashleigh became a partner of the firm Dougherty Tobias Iszard, Northern Virginia Law, P.C. where she maintained her family law practice while expanding her practice to include and increased appellate practice and criminal defense. In April 2021 Ashleigh formed Tobias Iszard, P.C. with her partner Amy Tobias and her associate attorneys and staff. At Tobias Iszard, PC, Ashleigh continues to focus her cases on complex domestic relations litigation, including negotiations, high asset divorces, child support, spousal support, custody visitation issues, contempt proceedings, while still representing clients in appellate work and various criminal matters.
Ashleigh is currently a member of the Prince William Bar Association, Fairfax Bar Association, the Prince William Chapter of the Northern Virginia Women’s Attorney Association and the Virginia Trial Attorneys Association. She has participated in these associations in various manners, including volunteering with the Prince William Beat the Odds Program, serving as a member of the Judicial Liaison Committee for the Prince William Bar Association, Co-chair of the Guardian ad Litem Committee and volunteering for the Wills on Wheels program with the Fairfax Bar Association.
Ashleigh has the experience and skills to vigorously assist her clients with both legal and practical issues that arise during her representation and is ready to competently and zealously represent her clients in these issues.