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Ashley Dawn Rutherford Starling

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Hilliard, OH

Willis Spangler Starling
4635 Trueman Blvd, Suite 100
Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-964-5109
Fax: 614-586-7901
Selected to Rising Stars: 2014 - 2022
Licensed in Ohio Since: 2008
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

Attorney Ashley Dawn Rutherford Starling is a principal lawyer at the Willis Spangler Starling law firm in Hilliard, Ohio. Serving plaintiff clients throughout the greater Columbus metro area and all across central Ohio, Ms. Starling devotes her practice to helping those who suffered a catastrophic injury or lost a loved one due to the negligent, careless or unlawful acts of others.

Over her more than 10 years of practicing law, Ms. Starling has achieved notable success advocating on behalf of innocent accident victims and their families. A tenacious litigator, she aggressively pursues the most favorable outcomes possible for her clients during complex civil litigation in state and federal courts throughout her region, and she has secured numerous substantial awards and settlements for those adversely affected by car and truck accidents, animal attacks, and other preventable tragedies.

A graduate of Marshall University with a bachelor of business administration in management and economics, Ms. Starling obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law in 2008. While in law school, she served as articles editor for the Journal of Law and Education, and she was an active member of the school's national mock trial team.

Along with practicing before all Ohio state courts, Ms. Starling is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of Ohio as well as before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. As an attorney, Ms. Starling always strives to provide the personalized counsel and dedicated support her clients deserve during their difficult and uncertain times, and she has earned top ratings for her professionalism and service.

Regarded as a leader in her field, Ms. Starling has conducted numerous lectures and seminars on tort trial and insurance practice techniques as well as on other legal topics, and she maintains active involvement in various professional legal organizations. She also gives back to her community through her involvement with several civic and charitable organizations, and she is a former Mrs. Ohio America.  Ashley is now the co-director and franchise holder of the Mrs. Ohio America and Miss Ohio for America Pageants, where she helps Ohio women in seasons of their life personally developement themselves through pageantry. 

Practice Areas
  • 100%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Trucking Accidents


9 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2014 - 2022

About Ashley Dawn Rutherford Starling

First Admitted: 2008, Ohio

Professional Webpage:


  • This article discusses how to draft a winning motion to remand to state court.  It identifies issues to look for, as well as the procedural and practical considerations of filing. , Removal to Federal Court: How to Identify, How to Attach, and How to Remand
  • I opened an anonymous survey and polled 160 female lawyers from across the country on the their thoughts on trial wardrobe, business casual, and professional office attire.  I then analyzed the survery and compared it to the most recent media fashion trends., Fashion Forward: Has Women's Professional Attire Really Changed? - OAJ Quarterly , Law
  • , Preparing a Winning Trial Wardrobe, ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice, Trial Techniques Committee Newsletter

Bar/Professional Activity

  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • Supreme Court of Ohio

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Certified as a Guardian Ad Litem, 2011

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Mrs. Ohio America and Top 15 at Mrs. America, 2015

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Mrs. Ohio America 2015 and top 15 placement at Mrs. America 2015., 2015
  • I volunteer for Ask the Attorney on ABC6 through the Columbus Bar Association.  The Columbus Bar Association hosts a hotline on the local news where members in the community can call in and obtain free legal advice and information on services in the area.  I volunteer as a hotline member and answer legal questions. , 2012


  • As a committee member, I work with the very best lawyers in the state to learn and understand important concepts in trucking litigation, roundtable interesting cases, and work to bring better safety laws to our state. (Still a current member)., Member of the OAJ Trucking Safety Section, 2017
  • Ms. JD is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to the success of women in law school and the legal profession.  In 2010, I was chosen to write a blog on how to dress professionally on a budget.  The blog was a success and was one of the highest read blogs on Ms. JD during 2010. In 2011, I was asked to join the board of directors as the 2011 Writers in Residence Coordinator., Board of Directors - Ms.,, 2011
  • New Member Vice President, New Member Vice President - Nationwide Children's Hospital Development Board, 2014

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • I was honored to speak at the first all-women trucking seminar where I spoke with some of the most highly-skilled female practiitioners in the country.  I developed and presented a CLE entitled "Truck Driver as a Plaintiff." In our law firm, I have helped develop a more streamlined intake process to take a more wholistic approach to actually making our clients whole.  Truck drivers are unique, because their cases often involve catastrophic injuries where the driver is injured on the job by another truck.  This requires reviewing worker's compensation options, disability options, personal injury trucking claims (which is a highly-skilled and complex subset of personal injury litigation), and employment options (many truck drivers are misclassified).  This process has been very successful in settling claims at the best time.  It is not always about the top offer, it is about when the offer is presented, the client's care in the long term, how much money the client will need to pay back in medical billing, subrogation, etc., and how the settlement can affect benefits., Presenter , OAJ Trucking Safety Seminar: The Truck Driver as Your Plaintiff, Law, Insurance, Trucking, Worker's Compensation, 2018
  • The "business of law" (i.e. marketing, IOLTA management, bookkeeping, client intake) and the "practice of law" are two very different things.  And without understanding the business of law, the question is not if your solo firm will fail, but when.  I have B.B.A. in Management/Economics, and a background in entrepreneurship.  I am also an equity partner at a law firm employing twenty people.  I presented an hour CLE on things to consider in making your own way.  It is now on video replay quarterly., Presenter , Ohio New Lawyer Training: Fundamental Law Office Management (on quarterly video replay), CLE, Law, 2018
  • Back by popular demand, I taught Personal Injury 101.  It was filmed and is replayed quarterly to new lawyers.  All of the content was created personally by me and includes practical tips on client intake, important insurance definitions, and ways to handle your case. , Presenter , New Lawyer Training (and on regular video replay): Personal Injury 101 CLE, CLE, Law, 2018
  • I regularly teach a personal injury 101 CLE for Ohio New Lawyer Training, Presenter, Ohio New Lawyer Training: Personal Injury 101, CLE, 2016


  • I talk about what to do after an accident, why you need an attorney, and why I love my job., GoodDay Marketplace , 2019
  • In Columbus,Ohio, police will not respond to accidents where cars are driveable if there has been a large snow.  What to do to ensure you are protected., Weekly Winter Safety Tip: What to Do In After An Auto Accident Where Police Aren't Responding, Law, Insurance, General Public, 2019
  • How to handle a vehicle when it is in a slide on ice., Weekly Winter Safety Tip: Sliding on Ice , Law, Auto Maintenance, 2019
  • Black Ice is a misnomer.  Be informed., Weekly Winter Safety Tip: Black Ice , Law, General Public, Automobile Care, 2019
  • A video of my associate and I as we discuss medical payments coverage over coffee., How to Use Med Pay, Law, Insurance, General Public, 2018
  • I created a series of videos called the Willis Spangler Starling weekly winter safety tip. Each week, either I or my associate talk about something important regarding car maintenance in the winter months.  This video was by for the most popular - the car emergency kit.  I built a kit to keep in my car in case of a breakdown.  These videos have been very popular, because the content is relevant to my profession, shows that good auto attorneys not only understand the law but understand vehicle mechanics, and personalize us., Weekly Winter Safety Tip: A Car Emergency Kit , Law, General Public, Automobile Care, 2019
  • Who I am and what I love about my job, Meet Ashley Starling, Law, 2016


  • $750,000 settlement on behalf of a bus driver that sustained serious injuries in when an SUV went left of center and hit a commercial bus head on. , 2018
  • $250,000 - On behalf of a victim of a rear-end collision. The collision caused great emotional distress rendering the victim unable to work, 2015, 2015

Educational Background

  • Marshall University, Huntington, WV, Bachelor’s Degree, Major: Business Administration, Honors: cum laude in Management and Economics, Honors: Delta Zeta Sorority
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Office Location for Ashley Dawn Rutherford Starling

4635 Trueman Blvd
Suite 100
Hilliard, OH 43026

Phone: 614-964-5109

Fax: 614-586-7901

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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