Ashby has been defending health care professionals in medical malpractice cases for 30 years, and has been lead counsel in over 300 case, with more than 100 jury trials resulting in a verdict.  He has also defended doctors in numerous Medical Board matters.  Ashby has defended cases in a wide variety of medical specialties including OBGYN, emergency medicine, orthopedics, internal medicine, pediatrics, neurosurgery, family practice, ophthalmology, general surgery, urology, cardiology, anesthesiology, and others.  He has defended complex cases which often include allegations of wrongful death and serious permanent injury with settlement demands often in the seven figures, many such cases resulting in dismissals or defense verdicts after week-long jury trials.

Ashby graduated from Furman University in 1970 and was commissioned in the Army as an Infantry officer.   After law school at the University of South Carolina, Ashby served on active duty in the Army JAG Corps and continued in the Reserves,  retiring as a Lt. Col. in 1994.  He was in solo private practice in Augusta, Georgia after leaving active duty, then moved to Greenville in 1981.  He served in the Thirteenth Circuit Solicitor’s office as a career criminal prosecutor and was later deputy solicitor.  He entered private practice in 1986 at Love, Thornton, Arnold and Thomason, defending medical malpractice cases.  He later became a partner with Donnan, Morton and Davis, and in 2006 started the firm of Davis and Snyder (now Davis, Snyder, Williford and Lehn, PA).

Ashby has been married to his wife, Lynne, for 43 years, has three married children and eight perfect grandchildren.  He is an elder in his church, enjoys spending time with family, boating, yard work, exercising, reading historical novels, and playing golf whenever he can, which is unfortunately not very often. Beyond his family and his faith, his passion is the work he has been called to, defending health care professionals.


  • Furman University, Bachelor of Arts, 1970
  • University of South Carolina School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1973


  • South Carolina and Georgia (1973, 1977)
  • United States Court of Military Appeals
  • United States District Court of South Carolina
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, South Carolina Bar Association
  • Member, Georgia Bar Association
  • Member, Greenville County Bar Association
  • Member, South Carolina Defense Trial Attorney’s Association

Awards and Recognition

  • Martindale-Hubbell’s Judicial AV Preeminent rating, the highest possible peer rating for legal ability and ethical standardsListed in Super Lawyers of South Carolina in the area of malpractice defense