Ashleigh is a litigation lawyer at Potts Lawyers. She is also legally blind due to a rare autoimmune condition.
Ashleigh has considerable knowledge in dispute resolution with a focus on insurance and compensation law. including public liability, motor vehicle and workplace accidents. She acts for both claimants and uninsured respondents in these compensation proceedings.
Before relocating to the Gold Coast and joining our team, Ashleigh previously worked at two top tier law firms in Australia. For over 15 years, she has worked under the mentorship of her husband and legal practitioner director, Craig DoRozario, attaining a wealth of experience in a wide range of civil litigation and dispute resolution matters.
Ashleigh has developed further skills involving general contractual and debt recovery disputes, white collar crime and injunction proceedings, defamation actions, workplace health and safety investigations, professional negligence and occupation disciplinary proceedings, as well as anti-discrimination, human rights, adult guardianship and disability advocacy matters.
Awarded a Bachelor of Laws with Distinction, Ashleigh is admitted as a legal practitioner of the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia.
Ashleigh is passionate in her role, maintains an approachable attitude, and is well respected by colleagues and clients for her ingrained work ethic, professionalism, reliability and communication skills. As a testament to her character, Ashleigh was recognised as 2021 Women Lawyers Association of Queensland Emergent Lawyer of the Year. She was also honoured by the Governor of Queensland – recognised as MS Queensland’s Young Person of the Year in 2015, and named one of the 60 Most Influential People in MS Queensland’s 60 Year History in 2018.
In 2020, Ashleigh became a founding member of the Queensland Law Society’s Diverse Abilities Network and was further elected as a member of the Queensland Law Society’s Equity and Diversity Committee. Ashleigh works collaboratively in these roles, championing diversity and disability inclusion within the legal profession and wider community. Ashleigh is also a member of the Disabled Australian Lawyers Association.
Ashleigh is dedicated to advancing disability confidence and eagerly provides an educational service to the legal profession. At the invitation of the Queensland Law Society, Bar Association of Queensland, and Women Lawyers Association of Queensland, Ashleigh was a special guest speaker at the 2021 International Women’s Day event sharing her remarkable ‘Choose to Challenge’ story. She has also appeared as a panellist for legal industry events discussing the need fo disability and diversity inclusion in the legal profession.
Championing ability equality, Ashleigh has prepared policy submissions to the Queensland Government and met with the Attorney-General to discuss how to make courts more accessible to people with disabilities. She is currently consulting with Court Services Queensland to implement the practical measures discussed.
Adversity has given Ashleigh an impressive level of drive and determination, as well as compassion and empathy for the emotional strain clients often experience when needing legal assistance. As a legally blind lawyer, she upholds the ideals of equal opportunity and inclusion for those from underrepresented and diverse backgrounds.
When visiting the Potts Lawyers’ Gold Coast office, you can find select pieces from Ashleigh’s collection of contemporary art by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. Often pandering to her exuberant dog Louis, and demanding cat (Lord) Claude, Ashleigh’s weekends are best spent boating and visiting favourite café and beach haunts. She also loves to travel!