On January 8, the Nashville Business Journal released its 2024 class of 40 Under 40 Winners. Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Ashleigh Karnell was included in the list of young professionals who are shaping the future of Nashville business.

Ashleigh is an associate in the firm’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice Group. She focuses on representing clients in complex business disputes and breach of contract disputes. In addition, she works with clients on antitrust and trade compliance related to proposed mergers and acquisitions. Read more about Ashleigh’s practice here.

In 2023, Ashleigh was an instrumental part of pro bono teams that secured the prison release for two wrongfully convicted individuals. In May, one legal team secured the release of Wayne Burgess after he served 24 years for a crime that the judge found it was medically impossible for Mr. Burgess to have committed. Read more about Mr. Burgess’ case here. In December, another legal team secured the release of Artis Whitehead, who spent almost 21 years in prison for a crime that he did not commit. Read more about this case here.

In the announcement about the 40 Under 40 list, the Nashville Business Journal asked each winner to take a selfie and share something about themselves. Ashleigh chose to take a photo in front of the Nashville Public Library and captioned the photo as follows: “I chose this picture because I serve as a council member for the Nashville Public Library Foundation’s Next Chapter Society, which helps to support all of the incredible programs that the library offers our community, and because I got married at the Nashville Public Library.”

Read more about the 2024 class of 40 Under 40 winners here. The winners will be celebrated at an event on March 7 at The Westin in downtown Nashville.