By Ashley Benkarski
NASHVILLE, TN — I’Ashea Myles, a lawyer with the noted Bone McAllester Norton law firm and mentee of the Honorable Richard H. Dinkins is running for District III Chancery Court judge in next year’s election taking place May 3.
The Chancery Court hears cases involving business and property disputes, including intellectual-property claims, trusts, estates, and related matters. Myles’ experience extends beyond the realm of law — She began her professional career as a businesswoman in New York City and Nashville. This background complements her legal knowledge and will be an enhancement to the Court, she said, as she has represented clients in the construction, business and real estate industries.
Davidson County needs arbiters of the justice system that reflect the people it serves, she said during a recent interview. For her part, Myles volunteers at the Nashville Rescue Mission and with expungement clinics in Davidson County and founded and hosted the first expungement clinic in Rutherford County.
In 2001 she received her undergraduate degree and the William Randolph Hearst Scholarship from Belmont University and was a member of the inaugural class of Belmont College of Law.
Her accomplishments include being named to the 2021 Nashville Emerging Leaders Class and a Top 40 Under 40 lawyer by the National Black Lawyers. She’s also been awarded the Diversity Fellowship to the American Bar Association’s Forum on Construction Law (2018-2021), Nashville Business Journal’s Women of Influence Trailblazer Award (2021) and the Super Lawyers Rising Star Award in Construction for two consecutive years.
Myles has also been recognized for her pro bono service by the state’s Supreme Court as an Attorney for Justice and is the President-Elect of the Napier Looby Bar Association and its former Treasurer.
She has served on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Rutherford County and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Elevated Development. Myles is a member of the DiscoveryCenter Guild and the Lawyers Association for Women.
“I am truly honored to have an opportunity, as a minority and a woman, to bring a diverse and inclusive perspective to this Court. This perspective is one that Davidson County has yet to have represented in its civil trial courts,” Myles’ campaign site reads.
“Representation matters and restores faith in the law, and faith that the legal process is not just for the wealthy or, not just for the elite, but for everyone.”
You can find more information on Myles’ campaign at mylesforjudge.com and on Instagram @iasheamylesforjudge, Twitter @iasheamyles and on Facebook.