Ashley B. Nichols, Esq.
Ashley is a civil and commercial litigator focusing her practice in the construction, insurance, and healthcare industries.
In her construction practice, she drafts, reviews, and revises construction contracts, subcontracts, releases, and waivers. She also counsels owners, contractors, and subcontractors on claim and lien issues and risk mitigation. She attends to litigation arising out of construction matters. Ashley participated in the American Bar Association’s Forum on Construction Law Trial Academy, a rigorous training program that focuses on trial skills and is instructed by accomplished construction litigators.
In the healthcare arena, she advises hospitals, physicians, and healthcare providers on litigation and risk mitigation issues. She participates in all stages of medical malpractice litigation. She works with health care providers to help implement policies and procedures consistent with recently-enacted legislation. Ashley also assists underwriting committees of professional liability insurers in the drafting of insurance contracts and endorsements and analyzes insurance coverage issues.
As part of her active appellate practice, Ashley drafts post-trial and appellate briefs, motions, and petitions for filing in the Commonwealth’s trial and appellate courts, including the Superior and Supreme Courts of Pennsylvania.
Prior to joining Saxton & Stump, she served as an Associate in the Construction and Procurement group of a large law firm based in Harrisburg. In that position, she litigated complex construction and procurement claims before the state, federal, and appellate courts, including the Pennsylvania Board of Claims. Prior to entering private practice, she clerked for the Honorable Sallie Updyke Mundy (while sitting on the Superior Court of Pennsylvania) and the Honorable Richard A. Gray, Lycoming County Court of Common Pleas.
Ashley lives in Lancaster with her husband and daughter.
Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University, J.D., 2011
Susquehanna University, B.S., magna cum laude, 2008
New Jersey (Resigned)
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Supreme Court of the United States of America
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Lancaster Bar Association
Associated Builders and Contractors – Keystone Chapter
Select Lawyer – Construction Law (2015)
Applying the Procurement Code – Problem Areas and the Need for Future Direction, The Pennsylvania Bar Association Quarterly, October 2014 (co-author)
ABC Keystone, Negotiating Construction Contracts (and Subcontracts) and Navigating the Claims Process, February 2019
Avoiding Waiver – How to Preserve Claims for Appellate Review, Lancaster Bar Association, May 2018
Reviews and updates form purchase orders, quotes, subcontract agreements, and terms and conditions
Assists in review of recently-enacted Patient Test Result Information Act (Act 112 of 2018) and formulation of procedures for compliance
Briefed appeals in many recent matters:
- Prospective jurors who treated with defendant health care providers need not be stricken for cause.
No. 245 MDA 2018, 2019 Pa. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 240 (Jan. 23, 2019)
- Supreme Court denies application for exercise of King’s Bench powers in case where no underlying injury occurred and the damages claimed arose from a fear of future infection.
No. 208 MM 2017 (Feb. 27, 2018)
- Superior Court concludes venue in a medical malpractice case may lie where care is being directed and decisions are being made by a physician.
166 A.3d 1265 (Pa. Super. 2017), appeal denied, No. 483 EAL 2017, 2018 Pa. LEXIS 1531 (Pa. 2018)
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