Ashley leads Sullivan's Real Estate Group and is a member of the firm's Management Committee. Her practice focuses on all aspects of transactional commercial real estate law, including single-lender and syndicated multi-lender financing, development, acquisitions and dispositions, private/preferred equity investing, and leasing, representing institutions and public and private companies across all asset classes throughout the United States. Ashley's experience includes negotiating and documenting complex loan facilities (senior and mezzanine), construction loans, private/preferred equity ventures, fund formation, portfolio acquisitions and sales, ground leases, sale-leasebacks, workouts and foreclosures.

Representative Client Work

  • Represented a Boston-based developer in ground lease with EDIC and financing of life science campus with lab, office and R&D in Boston, MA
  • Represented national real estate developer in the acquisition, financing ($80 million) and development of a mixed-use multi-family project in Boston
  • Representation of global student and multifamily housing developer in all aspects of its structuring and development work in the US, including acquisition of development sites from both institutional and private landowners through equity and debt financing on both a construction and permanent basis
  • Represented a Boston-based developer in all aspects of the development of a mixed-use luxury condominium tower in the Boston Seaport District, including financing (senior mortgage, junior and senior mezzanine and preferred equity), affordable housing, condominium creation and management documentation
  • Represented national developer in acquisition, development and finance of a multi-family project in Everett, MA
  • Represented national developer in acquisition, development and finance of life science campus – lab and office space in Somerville, MA
  • Representation of global developer in a multifamily development in San Jose, California
  • Represented publicly held office REIT in acquisition financing totaling $800 million throughout the United States
  • Represented a fund manager in the creation of the first pure-play US office REIT listed in Asia and the financing of the underlying US REIT properties
  • Represented affiliated real estate investment funds ($1.5 billion) investing in (i) a hotel, office and retail development of approximately 3 million square feet on the waterfront in downtown San Diego, California and (ii) the renovation and mixed-use development of the former World Trade Center New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Represented the borrower in a $118 million leasehold mortgage refinance in Boston’s Seaport District
  • Represented the lender in a $42 million acquisition loan facility for the acquisition of 431-unit luxury apartment complex located in Houston, Texas by a complex, multi-layer borrowing entity
  • Represented a real estate investment trust (REIT) in its sale of 14 properties (43 buildings) with a combined 2,784,098 square feet for an aggregate sales price of $215 million

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit


  • J.D., Northeastern University School of Law
  • B.A., Colby College

Community Engagement

  • Real Estate Lender's Association (RELA)
  • Trustee, Lawrence Model Lodging House Trust
  • CREW Network
  • American Bar Association
  • Boston Bar Association
  • NAIOP Massachusetts Commercial Real Estate Development Association
  • Women's Leadership Program, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce 
  • Former co-Chair, Real Estate Finance Committee, Boston Bar Association
  • Former co-Chair, Heading Home Outreach Council


  • French

Awards & Honors

  • Chambers USA, Recognized Practitioner in Real Estate (Massachusetts) 2022
  • Boston Magazine Top Lawyers, Real Estate (2021, 2022)
  • Best Lawyers in America® (2020-2023)
  • Boston Real Estate Times Excellence Award: Real Estate (2019)
  • "Top Women of Law," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (2018)
  • The Legal 500 U.S. (2016-2022)
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellows Program (2016)
  • "Rising Star," Massachusetts Super Lawyers (2009)

Seminars & Presentations



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