Harada Law Firm, PLLC
Ashley was born and raised in Montana. She is a fourth generation Montanan. She attended Montana State University Northern in Havre and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Communications with high honors.
She attended law school at the University of Montana School of Law in Missoula and graduated with honors in 2004. During law school, she was a teaching assistant, interned at Sherwood Law Offices, and completed her clinical with the criminal defense clinic.
After passing the Montana bar exam in 2004, Ashley moved to Billings for employment as a staff attorney for United States District Court Judge Richard Cebull for nine years. In 2013, Ashley transitioned into a law clerk/staff attorney position for all of the Federal Judges and United States Magistrate Judges in Montana, including United States District Court Judge Dana Christensen, United States District Court Judge Donald Molloy, United States District Court Judge Sam Haddon, Magistrate Judge Carolyn Ostby, Magistrate Judge Keith Strong, and Magistrate Judge Richard Anderson.
While employed for the federal courts, Ashley worked on cases involving major crimes on Indian reservations, homicides, drug conspiracies, and white collar crimes. She also spent a majority of her time assisting with complicated civil cases, including: ERISA, federal torts claims act, bankruptcy appeals, social security, product liability, declaratory judgment actions, environmental and endangered species issues, voter rights cases, and multi-state jurisdictional matters.
In 2013, Ashley received an award of recognition for her dedication and years of service to the federal judiciary for the United States District Court for the District of Montana.
In the fall of 2013, she left the Federal Courts to open her own practice. Her practice is comprised of representing parents and children in dependent/neglect matters, family law, appellate practice, criminal defense, and civil litigation. She actively provides pro bono representation to indigent members of the community and veterans. Ashley has been a Criminal Justice Act (CJA) panel member for five years. Over the course of her career, Ashley has been a participant in more than 80 criminal and civil jury trials and bench trials.
Ashley is a member of the Montana State Bar and is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the District of Montana and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Ashley is currently serving as the President of the Yellowstone Area Bar Association, is a panel member for the State Bar of Montana Fee Arbitration Committee, assists with the State Bar of Montana Modest Means program, serves on the Billings Catholic School Board, and is actively involved in local civic organizations. Her activities include volunteering at SpringFest for the Moss Mansion and Mayfair for Billings Catholic Schools. Ashley is a strong supporter of the University of Montana Grizzly Athletic program.
Ashley is married to Tim Harada, an Air Force Veteran and Cartographer at NorthWestern Energy. They have two children, Nolan and Bellamy, and a pug named Ruby. In their spare time, they enjoy skiing, camping, fishing, golfing, and traveling.