Morgantown, WV
7000 Hampton Center
Morgantown, WV 26505
T: (304) 285-2522
F: (304) 285-2575

J.D., West Virginia University College of Law (2003)

B.A., West Virginia University (2000)

  • Leadership Scholarship
  • Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
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Ashley Hardesty Odell


Ashley Hardesty Odell focuses her practice in the areas of litigation, insurance coverage and bad faith defense, deliberate intent and workplace safety, commercial collection, employment law and construction law. She leads the firm's Insurance Defense Group.

Since 2013, Ashley has been recognized as a Rising Star for Business Litigation by West Virginia Super Lawyers. She was selected as a 2008 “Generation Next:  40 Under 40” award winner, which annually recognizes young leaders in West Virginia for contributions to their communities. She was selected by Generation West Virginia as a 2010 Regional All-Star. In 2007, she served as president of the Monongalia County Bar Association and graduated from Leadership Monongalia.

An active member of her community, Ashley is involved with many organizations, including the WVU College of Law Visiting Committee, the Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia, the Morgantown Area Chamber of Commerce and United Way of Monongalia and Preston counties. She was a co-founder of Generation Morgantown and served as chair of the economic development committee for Generation West Virginia and as a member of the Power of 32 Steering Committee. 

Professional Highlights

  • Author, West Virginia section of Defense Research Institute’s 2015 State by State Insurance Bad Faith Law Compendium

  • Former Member, Bowles Rice Wellness Committee
  • Former Member, Bowles Rice Recruitment, Retention & Review Committee
  • Leadership Monongalia, Class of 2007
  • Intern, Senator Robert C. Byrd (1999)
  • Recognized among West Virginia's Wonder Women, presented by West Virginia Living, 2016
  • Recognized by West Virginia Super Lawyers as a Rising Star (Business Litigation), 2013-present
  • Margaret Buchannan Young Alumni Award, WVU Alumni Association, 2014
  • Generation West Virginia Regional All Star award winner, 2010
  • “Generation Next, 40 Under 40” award winner, 2008
  • West Virginia University Mountain Honorary
  • –West Virginia Bar Association
  • Monongalia County Bar Association (President, 2007)
  • West Virginia Defense Trial Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • West Virginia University College of Law Visiting Committee
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference
  • West Virginia Public Theater (Board of Trustees, Member)
  • Morgantown Area Chamber of Commerce (Chair, Governmental Affairs Committee)
  • United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties (Board of Directors; Chair, Volunteer Connection Committee; Member, Nominating; and Personnel Committees)
  • Generation Morgantown (Founder and former president)
  • Named Queen Silvia LXIII, WV Forest Festival, Elkins, West Virginia

Prior Affiliations

  • Monongalia County Arts Fund (Chair, 2007)
  • WVU School of Nursing Visiting Committee
  • Morgantown City Fire Civil Service Commission
  • West Virginia Business Volunteer Council Member
  • Power of 32 Steering Committee Member
  • Generation West Virginia
  • Monongalia County Partnership in Education (Advisory Board)
  • Boys and Girls Club (Board of Directors)
  • United Way of Monongalia and Preston County (Citizens Action Review; and Community Visioning committees)
  • WVU Children’s Hospital Gala (Planning Committee)
  • American Cancer Society (Board of Directors)
  • Morgantown Area Chamber of Commerce (Ambassadors Committee)