Ashley R. Dobbs

Director of Intellectual Property and Transactional Law Clinic
Associate Clinical Professor of Law

Profile

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.

Presentations

Presenter, "Reclaiming Your Time: the Zen of Time and Productivity Management," 2019 Paralegal Semniar, Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, Glen Allen, Virginia (Aug. 2019).

Presenter, "Law and Ethics in Business," WIBO: Assuring Lasting Success - Ethics and the Law, RVA Works (Aug. 2019, Feb. 2018, Sept. 2017, Jan. 2017, Sept. 2016, May 2016).

Presenter, "Does Art Want to Be Free? Copyright Law and Burning Man Principles," Plaisance, Black Rock City, Nevada (Aug. 2019, Sept. 2018).

Presenter, "Katy Perry's Copyright Infringement Lawsuit," The Synopsis, University of Richmond School of Law, Virginia (Aug. 2019).

Presenter, "Kawhi Leonard v. Nike, Inc., 2019," The Synopsis, University of Richmond School of Law, Virginia (July 2019).

Presenter, "Cardi B's Trademark Application Denial," The Synopsis, University of Richmond School of Law, Virginia (July 2019).

Presenter, "Celebrity Trademark Applications," The Synopsis, University of Richmond School of Law, Virginia (June 2019).

Presenter, "Reclaiming Your Time: the Zen of Time and Productivity Management," Lunch & Learn, Hancock Daniel, Glen Allen, Virginia (May 2019).

Presenter, "Cardi B's Trademark Application," The Synopsis, University of Richmond School of Law, Virginia (April 2019).

Presenter, "Capitalize on Your Intellectual Property," OSHER Institute, University of Richmond OSHER Institute, University of Richmond, Richmond (Sept. 2018).

Co-Presenter, “Basic Legal, Tax and Accounting Concepts, “ RVA Works (May 2018).

Prewenter, “Establishing Pet Trusts,” FURisprudence: Your Pets and the Law, Virginia CLE sponsored by Student Animal Law Society at University of Richmond School of Law (March 2018).

Guest Lecturer, “Key Legal Issues for Entrepreneurs,” undergraduate and MBA Entrepreneurship courses, University of Richmond Robins School of Business (Spring and Fall semesters, 2015 - 2018).

Guest Lecturer, “Understanding Animal Law in Transactions,” Animal Law course, University of Richmond School of Law (Fall semesters, 2009-2018).

Presenter, “IP Basics for Entrepreneurs,” RVA Works Alumni workshop, University of Richmond School of Law (Oct. 2017).

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

Co-Panelist, "Clinical Experiences in Teaching Resiliency to Law Students," AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education (May 2016).

Co-presenter, “Yelp, SLAPP and Online Reviews,” Virginia CLE for Arlington County Bar Association (March 2015).

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

“Common Advertising Mistakes,” Arlington Chamber of Commerce (Oct. 2013).

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

Bar Admissions

Virginia

District of Columbia

United States Supreme Court

Professional Experience

Director of Intellectual Property and Transactional Law Clinic (2015-Present)
University of Richmond School of Law

Principal (2015-Present)
Dobbs Law PLLC

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.

Publications

Articles

"The Use of Youth as an Aggravating Factor in Death Penalty Cases Involving Minors," Juvenile Justice Update 1 (June/July 2004). Article cited in Roper v. Simmons, Respondent's Brief to the U.S. Supreme Court.

"Redskins Trademark Cancelled - Q&A," “BKK Business Law Newsletter” (Bean, Kinney & Korman PC), June 2014.

"Common Copyright Mistakes Small Businesses Make," “BKK Business Law Newsletter” (Bean, Kinney & Korman PC), January 2014.

"The USPTO Supplemental Trademark Register: Advantages and Disadvantages to Amending the Supplemental Register," “BKK Business Law Newsletter” (Bean, Kinney & Korman PC), 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.

Education

J.D., University of Richmond 2005

B.A., University of Pennsylvania 1987

Contact Information

Room 320, Carole Weinstein International Building
(804) 289-8827
(Mobile)
(804) 287-6489 (Fax)

Areas of Expertise

Intellectual Property
Transactional Law
Government Contracts
Animal Law