We had the good fortune of connecting with Drew Ashby and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Drew, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
We have the honor of meeting people at the lowest times in their lives, walking alongside them as they heal and grow, and doing everything we can to make sure that their suffering counts; that it makes a difference. One of the unique ways we get to do this in our cases involving defective products. These products range from anything you can buy at a store, all the way up to vehicles of any kind (cars, trucks, tractor-trailers, aircraft, watercraft, etc.). We get involved in a case when something isn’t right and someone was seriously injured as a result. Sometimes people have a sense of what happened, but it’s often a mystery that we have to solve. Between the skills that we have honed for over a decade, and the best experts in the county, we work as a team to figure out what happened, why it happened, and how it could have been prevented. What we find is often staggering. Simple solutions costing mere pennies could have prevented horrific tragedies. And once we key in on the specific defect, and we dig through the company’s data, we almost always discover that the company knew about the problem the entire time (even when they pretended not to). We then use this evidence to show courts and juries what is wrong, and how we can fix it. This process gives healing to our clients. Just knowing what happened means so much to them. But showing them how it can be prevented, and providing them with the resources that they need to care for themselves for the rest of their lives, is something that is life-changing for them. On top of all of this, our work often results in saving other lives. Our cases cause products to be redesigned, and sometimes result in nationwide recalls. As of today, our work has led to four separate nationwide recalls on products that would have injured or killed thousands of others had they not been taken off the market. I can scarcely think of anything more rewarding, and I’m honored that I get to do this for a living.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Getting where I am has been a long and winding road. After many years defending corporations and big insurance companies, I decided to switch sides and represent people who were seriously injured, or the families of those who were wrongfully killed. Because of the kinds of cases we take, this pits us against the largest companies and insurers in the world. We are a very small firm that faces Fortune 100 companies on a regular basis. Not only can that be daunting for lawsuits, but also for my business. If we ever lose a case, we get paid nothing for all of our work, and we lose every dollar we spent on the case. It’s a tough industry. We fight big bullies who swing very hard, and we have to always stay many steps ahead of them. This results in a lot of early mornings and even more late nights, but it’s all worth it to help alter the trajectory of our clients’ lives. That motivation drives us to do whatever it takes to get the job done well, and with excellence. Things like that make the heavy burden of these cases feel light.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
There is so much to love about Atlanta, and it only gets better every year! Well, Atlanta has an embarrassment of riches in great restaurants, so we would have to hit as many Ford Fry restaurants as we could, starting with the original JCT, and going all the way to Marcel. We would have to visit the excellent food halls, Ponce City Market and Krog Street Market, and would probably stop for some food and drinks at Ticonderoga Club. And no food tour would be complete without eating at Atlanta’s great BBQ establishments: Heirloom Market, Fox Brothers (don’t sleep on those life-changing wings), and DAS. We would work off that food by hiking around Piedmont Park and the many beautiful trails all around north Atlanta. But the trip wouldn’t be complete without getting some great drinks. For that we would have to visit Monday Night Brewing, SOS Tiki, go back to Ticonderoga Club, and then finish it off at Miller Union.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
So much of my work has been made possible by my brothers and sisters in the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association and the Attorneys Information Exchange Group. Countless people in these organizations have helped me, taught me, mentored me, and encouraged me along the way; and they still do.