Hon. Ashley Drake

Ashley Gholamhosseini Drake was born in Atlanta, Georgia and graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Journalism. She is a 2023 Georgia State University 40 Under 40 Honoree.
Ashley graduated in the top of her class at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School and was a member of the moot court team where she competed nationally. She served on the Atlanta’s John Marshall Law Journal where her legislative summary was published in 2011. Ashley also received the CALI Award for Immigration Law and received academic scholarships from Just the Beginning Foundation and the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers Foundation. Ashley was the student founder of the law school’s mentorship program.

Ashley began her legal career as a prosecuting attorney for the Fulton County Solicitor General’s Office and eventually transitioned to prosecuting felonies for the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney. As a criminal prosecutor, she gained a significant amount of trial experience and helped thousands of crime victims.
After years of criminal prosecution, Ashley left the criminal arena and entered a new area of practice: civil litigation. Ashley started her civil practice career at Bey & Associates, LLC as an Associate Attorney in the litigation section, handling various personal injury matters. She eventually worked her way to becoming the lead associate on the partner’s team, representing victims and their families in medical malpractice, wrongful death and trucking litigation cases. She successfully completed the prestigious ATLA Ultimate Trial Advocacy Course: Art of Persuasion at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, MA and was a featured panelist at the American Association for Justice Women’s Caucus in Denver Colorado.

In 2020, Ashley joined Bader Scott Injury Lawyers where she served as a Captain overseeing other Personal Injury Attorneys.

Ashley was appointed to the bench as a full-time Magistrate Judge in May 2020 by Fulton County Magistrate Court Chief Judge Cassandra Kirk. She presides over criminal and civil cases. She is the first female judge of Persian heritage in Georgia.

Ashley is a group leader for her local Georgia Association for Women Lawyers (GAWL) mentoring circle. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Atlanta Bar Association Women in the Profession Section. She is Vice Chair of the Judicial Section of the Atlanta Bar Association. She serves as Vice Chair of the Nominating Committee and Vice Chair of the Awards Committee for the Georgia Council of Magistrate Court Judges. She is the group leader for the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers Buckhead dinner circle She also serves as a mentor for law students.
Ashley resides in Atlanta with her husband and dog.