Brandes S.G. Ash

Brandes S.G. Ash is a family law attorney and Collaborative Practice professional at the Burr Law Firm, PLLC, in Washington, D.C. Ms. Ash received her law degree and Family Law Certificate from Howard University School of Law, where she served as a founding member and President of the Howard Family Law Society.  Ms. Ash received her MPA from George Mason University and her bachelor’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. Ms. Ash is admitted to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia. 

A noted public servant, Ms. Ash has held several leadership positions in local and national professional organizations including: Chief of Communications for the National Bar Association (“NBA”); President of the Greater Washington Area Chapter of the National Bar Association’s Women Lawyers Division (‘GWAC’); 2nd Vice President of the Washington Bar Association; President of the Washington Bar Association Educational Foundation; Chair of the American Bar Association (“ABA”) Family Law Section Child Support Committee; Vice Chair of the ABA Family Law Section Diversity Committee; CLE and Finance Committee Member for the ABA Family Law Section; Liaison to the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity; D.C. Bar Family Law Community member (elected term 2014-2017); Board member of the Collaborative Project of D.C.; and Board member of Foundations for Home and Community.  Ms. Ash also served as an inaugural class member of both the D.C. Bar John Payton Leadership Academy and the ABA Family Law Section Diversity Fellowship program. Among other activities, Ms. Ash has been a longtime volunteer at the D.C. Bar Advice and Referral Clinic and recently began serving as a family law mentor attorney to pro bono family law attorneys at the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center.

Ms. Ash has received many accolades throughout the years. Since 2017, Ms. Ash has been named a Super Lawyer Rising Star in family law. In addition, in 2017, the NBA’s Young Lawyers Division named a leadership and service award after Ms. Ash due to, among other things, her commitment to public service. In 2016, Ms. Ash received the GWAC Rising Star Award and in 2015, Ms. Ash received the National Bar Association’s 40 Under 40 Nation’s Best Advocate Award.  Since 2014, Ms. Ash has served as an adjunct professor in the English and Reading Department at Montgomery College.