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Ashlea received her J.D. from the University of Kansas and was awarded the James P. Mize Award for Trial Advocacy and the Robert F. Bennett Award for Public Service upon graduation. She clerked for the Honorable Judge Julie Robinson, United States District for the District of Kansas from 2005-2006. Ashlea received her B.A. degree from Kansas State University in Mass Communications and minors in German and Literature.  While at K-State, Ashlea acted as a University ambassador and was on the Board of the K-State Student Foundation.

Ashlea represents businesses in various disputes, such as claims for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, intellectual property and trade secrets, fraud, and misrepresentation.  Additionally, Ashlea represents individual clients in a range of litigation matters including large wage and hour collective and class actions, as well as WARN Act violations, and in large-scale bankruptcy adversary proceedings. 

Ashlea also works with bankruptcy estates and serves as special litigation counsel for Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustees, debtors in possession, and creditors in contingency fee litigation.  As special counsel for trustees, she prosecutes adversary proceedings to bring monies back into the estate in order to compensate creditors.  These typically include claims for fraudulent transfers, aiding and abetting, breach of fiduciary duties, conspiracy, re-characterizing debt instruments as equity, equitable subordination, products liability, and director/officer liability.


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  1. Chapter 7: 30%
  2. Employment: 30%
  3. Class Action: 25%
  4. Investment Fraud: 10%
  5. Arbitration: 5%

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  • Lee Richard Anderson

    Ashlea Schwarz is an absolutely fantastic lawyer with unflagging commitment to the best interests of her clients. She solves legal problems that lawyers with 20 years more experience could not solve, and she works tirelessly to protect the rights of the workers and consumers she represents.


    Lee Anderson Employment & Labor Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Paul McInnes LLP

2000 Baltimore
Suite 100
Kansas City, MO, 64108


KSAuthorized to practice law200811/09/2015
MOGood Standing, Active200701/08/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Robert F. Bennett Award for Public ServiceJames P Mize Award for Trial AdvocacyN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AssociateStueve Siegel Hanson LLP2008 - Present
AssociateMiller Law Firm2007 - 2008
Law ClerkLaw Clerk for Judge Julie Robinson2006 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Women LawyersN/AN/A
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar AssociationYoung Lawyers SectionN/A
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar AssociationFederal Courts Advocates Section, Board MemberN/A
Missouri State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Kansas Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Lawyers Association of Kansas CityMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
McFadden, et al. v. Corrections Corporation of AmericaThe case was settled in favor of the class members.
Beasley and Meyers, et al. v. GC Services L.P.The case was settled in favor of the class members.
De La Cruz, et al. v. Masco Retail Cabinet Group LLCThe arbitrator ruled in favor of the class members.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Kansas School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
Kansas State UniversityJournalism and Mass CommunicationBA - Bachelor of Arts2004