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Ashley Anson

Agriculture Attorney at Wessington Springs, SD

5.0   1 review

also known as Ashley Anson

  • State Years
    South Dakota - SD 7 years
    Minnesota - MN 8 years
  • Licensed for 7 years
    State SD
    Acquired 2015
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 8 years
    State MN
    Acquired 2015
    Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

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

About Ashley

Learn Ashley’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Agriculture
    Futures contracts review, Wind Tower Contract Review, Farm Liens, Farm Estate Planning, Trusts, Property Disputes, Crop and Seed Contamination and Insurance Issues, Agricultural and Land Leasing, Landlord/Tenant and Property Dispute

    8 years, 10 cases

  2. Business
    Business Planning & Company Formation, Corporations, Incorporations, Non-Profits Formation, government contracts, oil & gas, telecommunications, partnership, mergers & acquisitions, antitrust and trade law, contracts & agreements, energy & utility

    8 years, 10 cases

  3. Criminal defense
    DUI / DWI, Traffic Violations, Misdemeanor, Felony, Drug Cases, legal use cannabis law, criminal defense, expungement, juvenile defense, domestic dispute, property crimes, violent crime defense, trespass defense, theft

    8 years, 50 cases

  4. Employment and labor
    employee and labor law, sexual harassment, social security law, disability, wrongful termination, discrimination, worker's comp

    8 years, 10 cases

  5. Environmental and natural resources
    Oil and Gas, Administrative Law, Agricultural Law, Land Use & Zoning, Drainage Issues, Water Law, Property Disputes, Energy, Renewables, Protected Areas, Public Utility

    8 years, 5 cases

  6. Estate planning
    Wills; Trusts: Formation and Management; Guardianships; Living Wills; Power of Attorney: Healthcare and Financial; Asset Management and Protection; Trust Certificates, Transfer of Trust Property etc.

    8 years, 50 cases

  7. Family
    Child Abuse and Neglect, Juvenile Law, Guardianship, Adoption, Dispute resolution, mediation, arbitration, class action, litigation

    8 years, 50 cases

  8. Government
    state, local, municipal law, administrative, county law, federal regulation

    8 years, 50 cases

  9. Personal injury
    animal/ dog bites, car accidents, brain and birth injury, defective/dangerous product and negligence, medical malpractice, motorcycle accident, elder abuse, slip & fall, trucking accidents, spinal cord injury, wrongful death

    8 years, 10 cases

  10. Real estate
    commercial, construction & development, land use & zoning, landlord/tenant, residential, agricultural, leases, contracts, deeds, sales and purchase agreements

    8 years, 50 cases

Ashley Anson focuses her personal practice on Environmental Law, Agricultural Law, Family Law, Criminal Law, and Estate Planning.  James D. Taylor, P.C. has extensive experience in Municipal, Government, Real Estate, Personal Injury, Dispute Resolution, and Employment law, among the others previously mentioned.  As an associate, Ashley can dabble in an extensive and varied practice.  We do transactional as well as litigation.

Ashley is a graduate of the University of South Dakota School of Law where she served on the Board of Editors for the South Dakota Law Review. She also earned her Masters of Environmental Law and Policy, magna cum laude, from the Vermont Law School, generally considered the country's premier environmental law program.

While attending law school, Ashley interned at the Midwest’s leading public interest environmental legal advocacy organization - the Environmental Law and Policy Center in Chicago, IL - focusing her research on South Dakota hardrock mining and reclamation issues and Bureau of Land Management oil and gas leasing. She continues her environmental advocacy in South Dakota by serving on the South Dakota State Bar Association’s Environmental and Natural Resources Committee.  Ashley is an active member of the South Dakota Bar Association, Minnesota Bar Association, and American Bar Association. Locally, she serves as an advisor to municipalities, local boards, and the South Dakota Municipal Attorney’s Association.

With deep roots in Wessington Springs, she participated in South Dakota State's Rural Attorney Recruitment Program, finishing out that contract in May 2022, and establishing a practice as a general practitioner in her small town.  She brings plenty of rural experience to a larger metropolitan firm out of Mitchell, South Dakota and looks forward to the mentorship and comraderie that a larger firm brings to the legal experience.

Ashley grew up in Wessington Springs and attended Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, earning her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Creative Writing.    She also minored in French, and has a basic conversational knowledge of Spanish.  Ashley is currently studying Spanish in hopes to offer multi-lingual services to her Spanish-speaking clients in neighboring communities. 

Ashley has three children, Adelyn, Charlee, and Oakley. She is a single mom to them and two cats in the rural town of Wessington Springs down the road from where she grew up. Her hobbies include oil, watercolor, and acrylic painting, fictional reading, singing for community events, creative writing and blogging, DIY crafting, digital photography editing, scrapbooking, and most of all playing with her kids. 

Recent Publications

  • With Sean M. Kammer, "Smoking Out Forest Fire Management: Lifting the Haze of an Unaccountable Congress and Lighting Up a New Law of Fire," 60 South Dakota Law Review 41 (2015)
  • 12 Tips for an Eco-Friendly Life(January 2017)
  • Six Questions that Every Person Needs Answered About Environmental Law (February 2017)
  • Farm Drain Tiles - Legal Issues Hiding Beneath the Surface (February 2017)

Professional Activities

  • South Dakota Bar Association
  • Minnesota Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • South Dakota State Bar Association - Environmental and Natural Resources Committee
  • South Dakota Municipal Attorney's Association
  • South Dakota Young Lawyer's Society Mentorship Program

Contact Ashley

James D. Taylor, P.C.
102 East Main Street
# 309
Wessington Springs, SD, 57382


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Posted by TimWilcoxson | July 14, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
We were very pleased with Ashley's representation. She made herself available to answer any questions we had and when we could not reach her she always returned our calls promptly. She was always well prepared before entering the courtroom and fought very hard for us. I would definitely recommend Ashley's services to anyone wanting a knowledgeable attorney who fights for and cares about her clients.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 175-175 per hour
  • Pro bono 5 %
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.9 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Associate Attorney
  • James D. Taylor, P.C.
  • 2022 - Present
  • Owner / Attorney
  • Ashley Anson, Prof. LLC
  • 2017 - 2022
  • Associate Lawyer
  • Swier Law Firm, Prof LLC
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Law Clerk
  • Bruner, Frank LLC
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Environmental Law and Policy Center
  • Legal Intern
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Law Review - Editor and Writer
  • University of South Dakota School of Law
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Editing Intern and Circulation Assistant
  • Saturday Evening Post Society
  • 2009 - 2011
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  • University of South Dakota School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2014
  • Vermont Law School
  • MA - Masters
  • 2014
  • Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 2010


  • South Dakota Municipal Attorney's Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • State Bar of South Dakota, Environmental and Natural Resources Committee
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • South Dakota State Bar
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Women Law Students Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish


  • South Dakota Law Review
  • Ashley K. Hoffman & Sean M. Kammer, Smoking Out Forest Fire Management: Lifting the Haze of an Unaccountable Congress and Lighting Up a New Law of Fire, 60 South Dakota Law Review 41 (2015).
  • 2015
  • South Dakota Hardrock Mining Reclamation and Closure Bonding
  • Legal Memorandum
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

  • October Nuts & Bolts Continuing Legal Education Seminar
  • Unique Issues They Didn't Prepare You for in Law School
  • 2017
  • Sam Masten Intramural Moot Court Competition
  • Fourth Amendment and Judicial Conduct
  • 2012
  • Women in Law Mixer
  • Women in Law
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

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Given (6)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Other
"Ashley, is a very good attorney! She works hard for her clients. She tries to make a struggling time for her clients as easy as she can. She works hard to get justice!"
Corporate and incorporation
Divorce and separation
Criminal defense
Criminal defense