Ashley P. Withers joined Wicker Smith in 2005 and is a partner in the Naples office, focusing her practice in the areas of medical malpractice, healthcare regulation, premises liability, construction law and general liability. For two consecutive years, she has been named a Rising Star by Florida Super Lawyers magazine. Prior to joining Wicker Smith, Ms. Withers served as Of Council for a firm in Costa Rica, conducting translations of legal documents from Spanish to English and advising Costa Rican attorneys with American corporate clients of the laws and regulations pertaining to the enacted free trade agreement between the Unites States, Central America and the Dominican Republic (DR-CAFTA). She also worked for a civil litigation firm in Chicago, Illinois, where she gained experience in insurance law, product liability, general liability, commercial law, construction law and transportation law. Graduating in the top 15% of her class, Ms. Withers earned her Juris Doctor in 2001 from DePaul University College of Law. She received two CALI Awards in Civil Procedure and Marital Dissolution for achieving the highest grade in the class and made the Dean’s List during five out of the seven semesters. She graduated in 1996 from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and a minor in Sociology. Ms. Withers is admitted to practice in both the state of Illinois and Florida. She is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, The Florida Bar and the Thomas S. Biggs American Inns of Court. She is fluent in Spanish.