Location: St. Louis
Practice Areas: Personal injury, premises liability, products liability, toxic tort, commercial matters.
Law School: University of Missouri
While studying abroad in Ecuador during her freshman year of college, Ashley Benoist was assigned to come up with a project that would help to preserve the Galapagos Islands.
In contrast to her classmates whose ideas focused on flora and fauna, Benoist earned a top grade by suggesting a program to help improve life for the local residents so they would be better able to preserve their own home.
That commitment to people is still getting high marks from those who know her. As a legislative analyst for the public safety committee of the Missouri House of Representatives, she drafted legislation based on the U.S. Justice Department’s Ferguson investigation.
She also has been executive director of the Columbia Fraternal Order of Police and represented officers in internal affairs investigations and negotiations with the city. She became a senior associate last year at Stanton Barton.
What is something that would surprise people about you?
I love doing home remodeling projects. And by “home remodeling,” I mean we take it down to the studs. My husband and I have rehabbed the entire first floor of our house and are currently working on redoing our basement. I can install cabinets, build walls, lay tile, replace a toilet, hang drywall, handle almost any tool, etc. I’ve recently started dabbling in carpentry and made a 7×10 built-in bookshelf from nothing but scrap wood and my imagination (with help from YouTube and Pinterest).
What is your biggest accomplishment this year?
This year I had the honor of becoming licensed to foster/adopt along with my husband. It has given us the opportunity to help kids in our community, and we look forward to growing our family through adoption.