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Will Ashe

William Ashe is an experienced trial attorney with a career track record of determined effective representation and consistent sustained success on behalf of his clients.

He is widely regarded as one of Maine's best criminal defense attorneys and has achieved nearly unparalleled success across the State on all ranges of criminal charges.  Ashe was named to the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and most recently, 2019.  Ashe was also recently named to the Top 10 Under 40 in Criminal Defense by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys.  The only Ellsworth area attorney so honored.  Ashe is rated a perfect 10.0 by the legal rating firm Avvo.

My practice is 100% devoted to going to Court and fighting for my clients.

He attended George Stevens in Blue Hill, where he was often asked to argue the most difficult positions in school debates.   Will was always willing to stick up for the underdog.

Ashe graduated Cum Laude from Gettysburg College, majoring in Political Science and American Government. He also served on the Student Conduct Review Board, arguing on behalf of the student body in instances of alleged student misconduct.

When somebody says, ‘How can you defend someone?' My answer is, ‘How could I not?'”

“I remember there was a student who had accidentally grabbed a member of campus security. The student was trying to break up a fight and did not realize that security was mixed in.   Faculty saw that situation and thought the student should be punished, I didn't see it that way.

These experiences of arguing for the underdog taught Ashe a valuable lesson.  “Life isn't cut and dried, everyone deserves a voice.”

Ashe went on to attend University of Maine School of Law graduating Cum Laude in 2009.  At law school, Ashe was on the Student Bar Association, and the Moot Court Team where he successfully argued in the Trilateral Moot Court Competition in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Ashe also served as a Student Attorney at the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic.  At the time of his graduation, Ashe had acted as counsel in over 100 cases and had personally won more contested hearings than any other student attorney in the Clinic's history.

Ashe practiced at a law firm in Southern Maine from 2010-2017 representing thousands of individuals on charges as serious as Murder down to traffic infractions while also maintaining a boutique family law practice.  During the eight years he practiced in southern Maine, Ashe tried and won more criminal jury trials than any other defense attorney in York County that he's aware of.

After almost a decade in firm practice, Ashe decided the time was right to open his own law office, his way, back in his hometown.

I knew I wanted to work at an office where the number one commitment was results for my clients, and eventually I realized it was up to me to create that office.

When it comes to prospective cases Ashe has a simple message: “Give me a call and let's talk about your case, you'll experience the difference.”

Ashe Law Offices is located in the historic Maine Grind Building on Main Street in Ellsworth, Maine.  Ashe prides himself on getting to work early and often to defend his clients.  Right now the Office is taking Criminal, Family, and Personal Injury cases.  Ashe's practice is often statewide as he goes where his clients need him.

In his spare time, Ashe is a licensed Maine Guide and a member of the Board of Directors for The Grand.   He enjoys the outdoors, hiking, fitness and spending time with his family.  

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  • highly recommend

    I would highly recommend Will Ashe as a criminal defense attorney. He successfully represented me on a fish and wildlife charge.I was particularly impressed with Will's practical and common sense approach to my case. He was very knowledgeable on the topic and process.
  • the lawyer to hire

    Great lawyer! Will did an outstanding job on my case. He was really good at communicating. He made me feel much better about the entire situation. On the legal side, the guy is completely on point. Could not have been happier with his work! Definitely the lawyer to hire.
  • available anytime

    I hired Mr. Ashe on short notice to handle a PFA that was about to go to court. He met with me promptly and got it released immediately, then he executed one for a different situation i was involved in and that was handled promptly and professionally. Will knows the law and is excellent when it c...
  • dedicated

    When Mr. Ashe took my case this past year for a DUI I didn't think there was much hope for a positive resolution. He was dedicated, hard working, and relentless in his pursuit in helping me find a positive resolution to the situation. I am grateful for his work. He cares about your case no matter...
  • amazing job

    Attorney Ashe did an amazing job for me. He got the case against me dismissed and gave me my life back. I cannot say enough what a great lawyer he is. I would recommend him to anyone! He's the best!
  • best lawyer

    Hands down the best lawyer I've worked with! A class act, always professional and he got the job done! I've recommended him to a number of people and he's done exceptional for them too!