Ashley L.McDonough


Cleveland + 1.216.586.7010

Ashley McDonough is a trial lawyer with experience in 12 jury trials in high-risk cases throughout the country, including obtaining complete defense verdicts in two multimillion dollar cases. Ashley's practice focuses on product liability, mass tort, and commercial litigation.

Ashley has been involved in Jones Day's nationwide defense of the Engle progeny smoking and health lawsuits brought against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. She has experience in many aspects of discovery and trial preparation, including taking expert and fact witness depositions, consulting with and preparing expert witnesses, and managing discovery from the date of filing onward. Ashley has also developed experience in many other aspects of complex commercial litigation, including conducting legal research, drafting motions and response briefs, and post-trial briefing. In addition, Ashley has supervised junior lawyers on litigation matters from the discovery stage through post-trial briefing.

Ashley also had significant responsibilities on a multibillion dollar multidistrict litigation. She took primary drafting responsibilities for Daubert and class certification briefing and prepared the key survey expert for his direct and cross-examinations.

In addition to her products liability work, Ashley has conducted fact investigations in Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) matters.

Ashley maintains an active pro bono practice. As part of Jones Day's Border Project, she has drafted briefs for clients seeking asylum and successfully secured a complete dismissal of a client's removal case.

Ashley is a member of the Ohio State and Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Associations.


  • R.J. Reynolds wins complete defense verdict in Gallagher personal injury lawsuitFollowing three weeks of trial, a jury in state court in Woburn, Massachusetts returned a complete defense verdict in favor of Jones Day client, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company.
  • R.J. Reynolds wins complete defense verdict in Russell wrongful death lawsuitOn January 25, 2019 after a trial lasting 15 days, a jury in Lakeland, Florida returned a complete defense verdict in favor of Jones Day client R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in a wrongful death action.