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Ashley R. Dobbs
Director of Intellectual Property and Transactional Law Clinic
Courses Taught Intellectual Property and Transactional Law Clinic

Ashley Dobbs, L’05, returned to Richmond Law in 2015 as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Intellectual Property and Transactional Law Clinic, where she and participating law students provide IP and business transactional legal services to non-profits, artists, and small businesses. Professor Dobbs brings 10 years of experience in private practice, including her work at Hogan Lovells, P.C., one of the world’s largest law firms, and at Bean, Kinney & Korman, P.C., where she was a shareholder. In practice, she advised clients on the acquisition, protection and commercialization of intellectual property. In addition, Professor Dobbs founded her own consulting firm, in which she offered strategic recommendations and business and marketing plans to her clients, including Fortune 500 companies in the advertising, banking, cellular, and automotive industries. Professor Dobbs was named a “Rising Star in Intellectual Property” by Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014 and by D.C. Super Lawyers in 2015.

Presenter, "Law and Ethics in Business," RVA Works Startup works with WIBO (Sept. 2017).
Presenter, "Law and Ethics in Business," WIBO: Assuring Lasting Success - Ethics and the Law, RVA Works (Jan. 2017).

Guest Host & Lecturer, "Business Ethics and the Law," RVA Works Startup works with WIBO (May 2016).

Presenter, "Entrepreneurs and the Law," Kauffman Foundation's 1 Million Cups (May 2016).

Panelist, "Clinical Experiences in Teaching Resiliency to Law Students," AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education (with Margaret Bacigal, Julie McConnell, Mary Kelly Tate, and Adrienne Volenik) (May 2016).

Presenter, "Five Ways to Protect Your Business' Online Reputation," Arlington Chamber of Commerce and NoVA Women's CPA Association, 2013.

Presenter, "A Higher Bar: Ethics in Drafting Pet Trusts," ABA Annual Meeting, 2011.

Guest Lecturer, "Understanding Animal Law in Transactions," University of Richmond School of Law, 2009.

Bar Admissions
District of Columbia
United States Supreme Court
Professional Experience
Shareholder (2013-2015)
Bean, Kinney & Korman, P.C., Arlington, Va.
Associate (2011-2013)
Bean, Kinney & Korman, P.C., Arlington, Va.
Associate (2011)
Protorae Law PLLC, Tysons Corner
Attorney (2009-2010)
Law Office of Ashley R. Dobbs, Alexandria, Va.
Associate (2005-2009)
Hogan Lovells, Washington, D.C.
Principal Business and Marketing Consultant (1997-2002)
The Dobbs Group Inc., Long Beach, Ca.
Account Operations Manager (1988-1997)
Maritz, Inc., Gardena, Ca., and St. Louis, Mo.

"Redskins Trademark Cancelled - Q&A," June 2014.

"Common Copyright Mistakes Small Businesses Make," January 2014.

"The USPTO Supplemental Trademark Register: Advantages and Disadvantages to Amending the Supplemental Register," July 2013.

"Copyright Law 101: Your Guide to Copyright Law," WebCents Magazine, November 2012.

"Copyright Law: What Intellectual Property is Protected?" Small Business Trends, September 2012.

"Alert for Trademark Owners: Trademark Monitoring and Registration Scams," IP Frontline, June 2012.

"U.S. Copyright Termination - A Window is Opening," Intellectual Property Today, May 2012.

J.D., University of Richmond 2005
B.A., University of Pennsylvania 1987
Contact Information
Clinic Room G7, Law School
804-287-6489 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
Intellectual Property
Transactional Law
Government Contracts
Animal Law