About Kimberly Ashbach | Attorney at Law
Whether you are an individual with questions and/or concerns about your rights as an employee or an entrepreneur or small business looking to protect your business, I am here to offer the experience, skills, and tailored expertise to assist you.
I offer my clients a rich and diverse background spanning over 30 years building expertise in my practice areas. I graduated from William and Mary College where I had been awarded one of its highest honors, “Order of the Coif.” I launched my career in the public sector as a law clerk for the Honorable Ronald P. Wertheim. Thereafter, I started as a young lawyer at the United States Department of Justice, admitted through their honors program.
At the DOJ, I had the responsibility of defending the government against multimillion dollar lawsuits stemming from claims of environmental exposure to toxic substances. As my career and experience grew, I transitioned into private practice with a large Philadelphia law firm, Montgomery, McCracken, Walker and Rhoads. There I represented clients such as Mack Trucks, Continental Bank, MidLantic Bank, PECO, and the City of Reading, PA, specializing in employment and ERISA litigation. In 1996, after training in “big firm law” I launched two new ventures, Ashbach Law being one of them. I have been grateful for the varied path that I have chosen which has allowed me to amass a wealth of knowledge and courtroom skill in employment law, ERISA law, and other practice areas. This background has empowered me to turn the Rubik’s cube of the law around as I am problem solving, and to always be aware of the strengths and pitfalls of any case.
Armed with experience and determination, and wonderful clients, I established my own private practice, focusing in large part on employment law. I have had the opportunity to represent many clients who have come to me in distress, facing painful employment conflicts and related problems. I have been called in for some as a “last chance” resort where other attorneys found no merit in the claim or lacked the creativity to accomplish a result. Fortunately, I have been very successful in helping those losing hope to become clients and to achieve positive outcomes. I have had a hand in helping restore to their lives some dignity and fairness, and monetary compensation for the losses suffered. I have been humbled and appreciative of the faith that my clients place in me daily to help right some wrong.
If asked to describe myself, I would reply that I am thoughtful, thorough, and tenacious. I am creative in my approach to each situation, and work to build client relationships. Sometimes there is no legal solution, and I am honest and frank if I cannot assist you. I pride myself on being dedicated and responsible to each client. I have the respect of my peers and the Court, and my biggest compliment comes when opposing counsel from a former case sends me a referral.
Positive resolutions of legal conflicts depend upon a strong attorney-client relationship.
Building this relationship is paramount to me and is the foundation of how I work and represent my practice.
Regardless of whether I am contracted to resolve employment disputes, assist an entrepreneur form a business, or to help an individual secure disability benefits – I operate and believe in the following principles:
- Open and consistent communication coupled with active listening
- Honest review and appraisal of the case, and if accepted, up to date developments shared
It has been my ongoing goal since I began a career dedicated to the law to focus not only on the person behind the case itself, but in realizing attainable and tangible solutions. I do not employ nor do I agree with protracted conflicts, excessive costs in litigation, and what boils down to legal “dog fights.”
From my history working with the United States Department of Justice and the large metropolitan law firm, I am able to pull from my extensive legal experience when traditional problem solving and negotiations fail. I am not afraid to vet other options to resolve the issue including, but not limited to, mediation, arbitration, and litigation.
My long track record of success and multifaceted background have prepared me for demanding and complicated cases. I offer an understanding of group dynamics and politics in and around the workplace, again from both angles. I am sensitive to both the emotional and personal nature of these claims and am committed to easing the emotional stress associated with this sector of the law. I will help you understand what is relevant to your suit, the options available to you, and what may lie ahead. We’ will work together to help you identify your ultimate goals and develop a strategy to resolve your case, specifically for you. I do not practice cookie cutter law – I understand that everyone does not want or expect the same outcome. By becoming my client, you are charging me and entrusting me to develop a logical, thoughtful, and more importantly, analytical representation that meets your needs.
I was forced to look for an ERISA lawyer to pursue my position and believe me it was not an easy search. I wanted a lawyer who was going to take a personal interest in my case and be accessible at a moment’s notice. Kim Ashbach was that very person. She listened to my concerns and we worked closely together to develop a strategy to WIN!
Kim met with the opposing attorneys head on. She was smooth, tactful and professional while always keeping her eye on the prize. After weeks of peeling the proverbial onion, she was able to expose the defense as a complete sham and nothing more than a personal vendetta against me.
After an initial contentious litigation battle, Kim secured and negotiated an extremely generous settlement for me with all of my attorney’s fees reimbursed. Kim did this all the while being personally attacked by the unprofessional defense attorneys and she was able to shield me from all of the backdoor negotiating nonsense. If you need an excellent attorney for your ERISA claim, I did the home work for you, KIM ASHBACH IS YOUR LAWYER!!!!!
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It was so refreshing to be able to rest knowing I was in such good hands, and had Kim 100% behind me. I can’t say enough about Kim. She is my attorney and has become a good friend.
Immediately speaking to Kim I found an instant comfort level. Kim’s success comes from giving prompt, personal attention with a strong commitment to quality, responsiveness and a sharp eye for detail. She genuinely cares about her clients. In my particular case, I was a basket case closer to the appeal date. Kim took every call, never made me feel like a nuisance and assured me every step of the way.
Don’t let her kind picture online fool you. Kim is a shark! I am privileged to have had Kim successfully represent me as an attorney and am honored to now call her my friend! I highly recommend Kim to anyone who expects winning results! You can’t lose with Kim Ashbach.
Her timely correspondence and phone calls on our behalf to the insurance company made them aware of our legal position and strength of our claim. She diligently pursued an answer and kept me aware of her progress. Last week we finally received notification that the claim will be paid and our mother’s plans to provide for her assisted living without being a financial burden to her children have been realized. Attorney Kimberly Ashbach’s tenaciousness and professionalism paid off.
In July of 2001 I was diagnosed with parathyroid cancer. I had to undergo three major surgeries, and as a result I was unable to continue in my career as a police officer. After twenty-four years of loyal public service, I was fired by my employer and denied disability by the insurance carrier. I was in no man’s land! I had no job, no pension, no disability and no prospects especially given the fact that I was still suffering the effects of my illness.
Desperate with seemingly no place to turn, I was introduced to Kimberly Ashbach by a friend from my past employment. She was appalled at the treatment that I had received and took my case on a contingency basis. She vigorously represented me through the Civil Service hearings and federal court.
After a long and arduous battle, we prevailed or I should say, Kim did. She won for me all that I had lost and because of her incredible and monumental effort I was able to prevail and retire with my pension.
It is impossible for me to recommend her too highly. Indeed no amount of praise or platitudes can adequately describe what she has meant to my existence and to my family’s peace of mind. She is the pinnacle of the legal profession! A consummate professional and an exemplary human being!