Ashley Allen



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Ashley K. Allen develops state legislative policies and relationships on behalf of Virginia-based companies and associations. She brings an invaluable breadth of perspective to Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies, having worked for the chief counsel to a previous Virginia Attorney General, Bob McDonnell, advocating for members of two Virginia business trade associations collectively comprising nearly half a million members, and serving as vice president of advocacy at a Virginia-based public affairs firm. In these prior roles, Ashley developed policy, legislative, state budget, and political giving strategies for companies in health care, hospitality, education, energy, agricultural, and natural resources sectors. In addition to her direct government relations experience, her career also spans traditional and e-advocacy, including grassroots mobilization, coalition development, and association management.

While at the National Federation of Independent Business-Virginia and the Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association, as well as the Virginia State AG’s office, Ashley worked closely on several state and federal issues including the regulation of small businesses; tax policies such as business taxes, estate taxes and travel occupancy taxes; health insurance options for businesses; right-to-work laws; the federal "Cap and Trade" legislation; and national health care reform legislation.

Ashley received her J.D. from the University of Richmond School of Law, where she was president of the Student Bar Association. She received a B.A. in political science from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she received the VCU Emerging Leader Award and the VCU Leader Award.




State AG Practice Opens Virginia Office

January 03, 2018

The Virginia team will be headed by Jerry W. Kilgore, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s State AG practice and former Virginia State Attorney General. Cozen O’Connor’s State AG group is one of the largest and oldest state AG practices in the nation, with a focus on AG-facing investigations, litigation, outreach, and policy.


Virginia General Assembly Approves Legalization of Marijuana

April 12, 2021

Simple possession of marijuana, up to one ounce, by adults 21 and older, will now be legal in Virginia beginning July 1, 2021.

Virginia Poised for Final Vote on Marijuana Legalization [Alert]

March 31, 2021

Ashley Allen discusses Virginia's legislation that will legalize adult marijuana use.

Industry Sectors


  • University of Richmond School of Law, J.D.
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, B.A.
  • Virginia