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Ashling Mary Soares

Family Attorney at Westport, CT

5.0   8 reviews

also known as Strain

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About Ashling

Learn Ashling’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    DUIs, drug-related charges, misdemeanors, nonviolent and violent felonies, white-collar crimes, and more. FREE CONSULTATIONS.

  2. Education
    Suspensions & expulsions, special education, 504, discrimination, negligence, and more. FREE CONSULTATIONS.

  3. Employment and labor
    Severance agreements, employment agreements, wrongful termination, sexual harassment, discrimination, and more. FREE CONSULTATIONS.

  4. Family
    DCF and child custody proceedings, divorce, pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, and more. FREE CONSULTATIONS.

  5. Estate planning
    Wills, Powers of Attorney, and other estate planning documents. FREE CONSULTATIONS.

  6. Lawsuits and disputes
    Commercial litigation, business disputes, contract claims, and more. FREE CONSULTATIONS.

During Ashling Soares’ nine years of law practice, she has represented hundreds of clients in matters involving misdemeanor and felony criminal charges, child protective proceedings, school disciplinary proceedings, special education and 504, employment, civil litigation, among others. 

AttorneySoares is a graduate of the University of Miami School of law, cum laude, and is admitted to practice in Connecticut, New York, and Florida state courts, as well as the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut. Ashling earned her B.A. in Sociology from Boston College, where she interned at a private criminal defense law firm.

During law school, Ashling worked in the University of Miami’s Children and Youth Law Clinic, where she represented current and former foster care youth in dependence, health care, mental health, disability, independent living, education, immigration and other general civil legal matters. Ashling also gained extensive litigation experience while interning at both the Miami Public Defender’s Office and the Broward Public Defender’s Office.

After law school, Ashling worked as an Assistant Public Defender at the Broward Public Defender’s Office for three years, where she represented low-income clients in a wide range of criminal cases, ranging from misdemeanors to serious felonies. After relocating to Connecticut, Ashling worked as an Agency Attorney for the Administration for Children’s Services in New York City, where she prosecuted child abuse and neglect cases in family court. 

After leaving ACS, Ashling began working in private practice. Using the skills and experience she had gained as a public defender and ACS attorney, Ashling expanded her practice areas to include, in addition to criminal law and family law, education law, employment law, litigation, and estate planning. Ashling has shared her acquired expertise in education law while teaching a legal seminar on special education, through the National Business Institute. 

Licensed for 11 years
State CT
Status Active
Acquired 2015
Updated 02/01/2023
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2015
Updated 11/23/2022
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2011
Updated 07/20/2017

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Ashling Soares Law
55 Greens Farms Road
Westport, CT, 06880


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Posted by Christina | June 8, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and knows her stuff!
Ashlings knowledge of law is unmatched. I contacted her because of a pretty big legal issue I had. She handled it with grace, professionalism and the upmost courtesy I have seen in any attorney. Not only did she go out of her way for me, she eased my mind most of the time in a VERY uncertain time. Her constant and consistent understanding of her craft is amazing. I would recommend her to anyone who has a legal issue that needs to be handled.
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Posted by Hillary | October 18, 2019
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Quick response and handled with sensitivity
Ashling came to the hospital to do my father's will and power of attorney paperwork within 24 hours of me calling her. Her fee was very reasonable and she handled this delicate situation with sensitivity. We are so grateful for Ashling's excellent communication and responsiveness.
Posted by Al | December 26, 2018
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Professional Review/Satisfied Client of Ashling Soares
I highly recommend Ashling to anyone that has a need for representation regarding labor and employment. She has a deep understanding of the laws around employment and impressed me with her prompt and concise communication style. I would absolutely use her services again, and can tell anyone who is seeking to resolve a labor issue that Ashling is genuinely concerned about her clients and will do everything in her power to fight for them.
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Posted by Peter | December 21, 2018
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Review for Ashling Soares
Ashling was responsive and knowledgeable. I was impressed by her no nonsense approach and directness. I needed an attorney with experience to guide me and she provided this service.
Posted by anonymous | December 20, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Educational Lawyer
Ashling was professional, extremely knowledgeable, and worked diligently. Highly recommend Ashling for your attorney needs.
Posted by anonymous | August 28, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ashling supported and helped me to clear my son's name. He was a part of investigation on break in academic integrity policy. His classmate copied his test answers and received outstanding grades. Both boys got academically punished 8 month before their graduation. With Ashling help my son's name was cleared of accusations and now he starts his first year in Yvy League School. Thank you, Ashling!
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Posted by Victoria | August 22, 2018
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Simply the best!
Ashling Soares represented me in a criminal matter, and I couldn't have chosen a better attorney to advocate for me. Inside the courtroom, she was skilled, professional, and effective. Outside of the courtroom, she was attentive, kind, and informative. It is clear that she not only cares about her cases, but also truly cares about her clients. I highly recommend her.
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Posted by Anthony | August 22, 2018
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Picking The Best
I was a client of Attorney Soares in which she assisted me with a criminal matter. Ashling worked tirelessly to provide quality legal representation. When your faced with some of the most critical decisions in your life, Ashling is that dedicated lawyer that will assist you every step of the way.
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AVVO RATING 7.2 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Maya Murphy, P.C.
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Agency Attorney
  • Administration For Children's Services
  • 2015 - 2017
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Broward Public Defender's Office
  • 2011 - 2014


  • Boston College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2008
  • University of Miami School of Law
  • N/A


  • Fairfield County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client Champion
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2018
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2018

Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (1)
Endorse Ashling
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ashling is an exemplary professional. She listens intently to her clients’ needs, and acts with compassion and sincerity. Ashling delivers practical, no-nonsense advice. She is very good at what she does and will take care of you!"
Litigation Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have collaborated and worked with Ashling in different capacities, and she is a smart, responsive, and formidable advocate for her clients."
Westport Family Lawyer Ashling Mary Soares
Ashling Mary Soares
Family Attorney
Westport, CT
Licensed for 11 years
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