ASHLEY A. SLAGHT is an Associate Attorney at Vandeveer Garzia. She focuses her practice on defense litigation in the areas of first and third-party automobile negligence, premises liability, and general negligence. While in law school, Ashley received an academic honors scholarship and earned several Book Awards for her academic performance. In addition, Ashley served as a team member of the National Mock Trial Team and supplemented her classroom education with a judicial internship in the Genesee County Circuit Court for the Hon. Joseph J. Farah. Ashley also participated in the Oakland County Bar Association’s Inns of Court program.
Oakland University, B. A., Political Science, 2011.
Western Michigan Thomas M. Cooley Law School, magna cum laude, J.D. 2014.
State Bar of Michigan 2014
State Bar of Michigan
American Bar Association
Oakland County Bar Association
Trial victory for Vandeveer Garzia attorneys
Dari v Dari
Anthony McEachern and Ashley Slaght obtained a no cause of action in a jury trial seeking automobile negligence damages. The case was tried before Washtenaw Circuit Court Judge David S. Swartz. The matter involved a single car accident involving a husband and wife. The husband struck a tree in an effort to avoid hitting deer crossing the road. The wife then sued her husband alleging injury to her left knee, neck, and back as well as a closed head injury as a result of the accident. Prior to trial, the Defendant admitted negligence. At trial, the wife maintained that she was no longer able to enjoy walks at the park, gardening, or hosting family and social events. The daughter also testified as to her mother’s inability to do basic tasks and the effect her injury has had as the matriarch of the family. Ashely Slaght’s opening statement provided the jury with a finely crafted narrative of the curious nature of the lawsuit where one spouse was suing the other with respect to a motor vehicle accident. Ashley cross-examination of the plaintiff’s daughter providing further evidence to the jury that plaintiff’s damage claim was questionable. The first witness called by the defense was a private investigator. A surveillance video was played to the jury which further supported our position. The surveillance video taken less than a week prior to trial showed performing tasks that she testified she could no longer do such as driving, bending, and twisting. Over the course of the three day trial, attorneys McEachern and Slaght highlighted for the jury evidence that undercut the plaintiff’s claims. The jury deliberated for a short period of time before finding Plaintiff was not injured in the accident.
Genesee County Trial Victory
Carol Masse, Personal Representative of the Estate of Deborah Klapp v Patsy Lou Chevrolet, Inc.
Lead trial attorney Adam Gordon along with Peter O’Toole and Ashley Slaght prevailed in a case by obtaining a no cause of action from a Genesee County jury after a lengthy trial. The matter arose out of a motor vehicle accident that occurred on December 21, 2011, in which Mark Alan Bono, while operating a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu, owned by Defendant Patsy Lou Chevrolet, Inc., struck a motor vehicle that was parked in the roadway and recently operated by Deborah Klapp. Unfortunately, as a result of this collision, Deborah Klapp passed away. Plaintiff Carol Masse, as personal representative, sought damages as to Defendant Patsy Lou Chevrolet, Inc., pursuant to the Michigan Civil Liability Act (MCL 257.401) as the owner of the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu.
The case had numerous legal issues, factual issues and disputes relating to all aspects of the claim. The trial began on September 5, 2018, with the Estate requesting $15 million in damages. In closing argument, it was successfully argued that Mark Alan Bono, and by extension Defendant Patsy Lou Chevrolet, Inc., was not negligent on the date of loss. This result was achieved despite the fact that Mark Alan Bono was dismissed from the case after entering into a negotiated resolution with the decedent’s Estate prior to trial.
Roger Smith and Ashley Slaght obtain Dismissal of PPI Benefits Suit
Massachusetts Bay Insurance Company v Frankenmuth Insurance Co., et. al.
Roger Smith and Ashley Slaght successfully obtained a voluntary dismissal of a Property Protection Insurance (PPI) Benefits suit filed by Plaintiff. Plaintiff filed suit claiming entitlement to damages arising out of a motor vehicle accident involving a road grinder insured by Plaintiff. Ashley Slaght prepared the Motion for Summary Disposition, which sought to dismiss Plaintiff’s claims on the basis that the road grinder in question met the definition of a vehicle and benefits were properly excluded under MCL 500.3123(1)(a). Ultimately, upon reviewing the Motion for Summary Disposition, Plaintiff acquiesced and agreed to dismiss its claims against Defendant.
Adam Gordon and Ashley Slaght prevail in defending a civil complaint alleging assault and battery.
Muhammad v Moore.
Adam Gordon and Ashley Slaght obtained a summary disposition on a wrongful death claim in Kent County Circuit Court in a claim alleging an assault and battery by our client. In addition to a summary disposition, they were successful in obtaining sanctions against the Plaintiff’s estate and its counsel. The case arose out of a social outing between co-workers at Muskegon Lake. While boating, one of the co-workers drowned while attempting to swim back to the boat. Plaintiff’s decedent was a member of the Nation of Islam and his death was immediately investigated by representatives of the Nation. It was argued that representatives of the Nation of Islam tried to direct the official investigation in such a manner as to cast blame on decedent’s co-workers. Despite the fact that two independent forensic examiners determined that the decedent had died from an accidental drowning, the estate hired experts to opine that the injuries suffered by the decedent were caused by a blunt force impact by one, some, or all of the co-workers working in concert. Plaintiff’s estate then brought claims against the seven co-workers alleging assault and battery and wanton and willful misconduct. During more than a year of extensive discovery, more than 40 depositions were taken and more than 100 motions were filed by the various parties. Chris Hildebrandt assisted in writing the motion for summary disposition which was argued before Judge Joseph Rossi by Adam Gordon. Judge Rossi granted the motion dismissing all claims by plaintiff against all of the defendants. We also filed a motion for sanctions arguing that the Plaintiff estate had not filed the claim in good faith. Judge Rossi granted the motion and awarded sanctions against the Plaintiff estate and its attorneys in the amount of $379,693.
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