Before Attorney Elizabeth “Ashlee” Shaw-Gonzales became the attorney she is today, she was just a daughter who saw her parents struggling due to the economic and racial disparities they had to overcome. Seeing this motivated Ashlee to work hard to fight her way to becoming the first in her family to graduate high school, college, and then law school.
During this time Ashlee persevered towards her goals, moving her way up from cleaning bathrooms, to writing for a local newspaper, to working as a receptionist, and finally teaching in inner-city Baltimore specializing in special education. Her time as a teacher showed her the importance of dedicating oneself to the service of others, and her upbringing and hard work ethic instilled in her compassion for those whose voices are overlooked, and the desire to fight for those voices to be heard loud and clear.
This mission to advocate for those who have been silenced and overlooked is what led Ashlee to the law. During law school Ashlee clerked for two judges in criminal and administrative law, worked for a solo practitioner in family, criminal, civil and immigration law, worked in a civil litigation clinic, and participated in the founding of the first ever immigration law clinic. After graduation she joined the City of Aurora as an assistant city attorney, prosecuting hundreds of cases, arming her with invaluable litigation experience after spending nearly every day in the court room.
Ashlee continues her practice with Divorce Matters where she looks to continue her goal of fighting for her clients so that they feel heard by her, so they have a voice in their divorce process, so they feel empowered with the knowledge and guidance she provides, and so they know they are not alone. Ashlee provides relief to her clients, so they feel safe in the knowledge that they can make it through one of the hardest things they will have to go through in their lives and come out on the other side set up for their best possible future.