Ashe has been with the firm since 2005 and practices in business, corporate and technology law and focuses on working with small business, startups, emerging growth, technology and privately owned companies. His work includes business organizations and reorganizations; private placements and financial transactions; mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances; simple and complex business, sales, employment, e-commerce and internet contracts; and intellectual property, software and technology transactions, including development, licensing, data management, application hosting, outsourcing, tech transfer, copyright and trademarks.
Following graduation from law school, Ashe was a law clerk to Burley B. Mitchell, Jr., Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina. He later practiced in business, government relations and litigation with The Sanford Holshouser Law Firm in Raleigh. Ashe returned to Charlotte and started Lockhart + Hoffman, PLLC, a boutique law firm working with startups and technology companies. After building the practice for two years, he merged L+H with Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC and continued to provide a wide variety of business, corporate and intellectual property legal services.
Ashe was named to Business North Carolina magazine’s annual Legal Elite in the business law category from 2011 – 2014. He has served on the board of the North Carolina Journal of Law & Technology, on the Council of the Law Practice Management Section of the North Carolina Bar Association, on the advisory board of the Charlotte Region of the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC). He has lectured on Internet law at UNC School of Law and at Mecklenburg County Bar CLE programs. Ashe was also on the board of directors of the Business Innovation and Growth Council (BIG, formerly known as the Metrolina Entrepreneurial Council or MEC), where he led the MEC’s reorganization from MEC to BIG as the Interim Executive Director and developed the name and branding concept for BIG.
Ashe’s diverse background includes six years in banking and financial services following completion of the management training program at First Union National Bank (later Wachovia, now Wells Fargo). Ashe was an electronic warfare intelligence operator in the U.S. Army, Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM). In 1983, he served in the Invasion of Grenada as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division.
Ashe received his JD from the University of North Carolina School of Law in Chapel Hill and his BA from UNC Charlotte with a major in history and a minor in international studies. He is licensed to practice in North Carolina. Ashe is a native Charlottean and fourth generation North Carolina lawyer. He maintains his personal website at AsheLockhart.com.
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